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Addressing the needs of the victims of the Srebrenica genocide must be the priority

Oslobodjenje and others , 07/07/2015 - The Srebrenica genocide is one of the vilest episodes of Europe’s contemporary history. In just a few days in July 1995, around 8 300 boys and men were...

You’re Better Than This, Europe

NY Times , 29/06/2015 During the last seven decades, European countries have painstakingly tried to rebuild a continent once shattered by war and atrocities according to the values of...

A Bakou, les athlètes doivent parler des droits humains

Le Monde , 09/06/2015 Vendredi 12 juin s’ouvriront les premiers Jeux européens à Bakou, capitale de l’Azerbaïdjan. Plus de 6 000 athlètes, venus de 50 pays, s’affronteront lors de...

Security services should not have "carte blanche"

OpenDemocracy, 5 June 2015 It seems obvious that human rights must be compromised to guarantee security in the face of armed violence. Obvious but wrong. Myths die hard, in particular when...

Sport cannot ignore human rights

OpenDemocracy and others , 04/06/2015 On June 12 the first European Games begin in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. More than 6,000 athletes from 50 countries will run, fight and jump for...

Crisis in the Mediterranean: Europe must change course

OpenDemocracy , 22/04/2015 The Mediterranean Sea has for centuries been the cradle of modern European civilisation. It has today become a huge graveyard, as thousands of migrants continue to...

Intelligence: “French Draft law seriously infringes human rights”

Le Monde , 13/04/2015 Terrorism is a real threat and a challenge to the foundations of our democracies. This threat requires an effective response to protect our societies. Nonetheless, states...

Ending Roma segregation in Italy

La Repubblica , 8 April 2015 Few topics attract more emotional reaction than debates about the Roma. Stereotypes, sensationalism and myths often take the precedence on facts. Many people...

Stopping the deterioration of press freedom

New Europe , 04/01/2015 O n 4 December 2014, at 23h37 , my Office received an email from prominent Azerbaijani journalist Khadija Ismayilova . She pleaded for the case of a fellow...

Eastern Ukraine: the humanity behind the headlines

Open Democracy , 17/12/2014 The government in Kyiv, aid organisations and the international community must work together to address the humanitarian crisis created by the fighting in...

Spain cannot legalise what is illegal

Huffington Post Spain , 10/12/2014 The proposal to legalise automatic collective expulsions of migrants arriving in Ceuta and Melilla is wrong and unlawful under international law. Such a move...

The Alarming Situation of Press Freedom in Europe

The Regent’s Report 2014 , 25/11/2014 A free, diverse and responsible press is a core element of any functioning democracy. The ‘fourth estate’ is in fact a bulwark of the rule of law and a...

Europe, wake up!

New Europe , 30/09/2014 When over 300 migrants drowned last October in a shipwreck off the Italian island of Lampedusa, I was among those who hoped that their tragic destiny would be a...

Anti-terrorism and human rights

New Europe , 31/07/2014 If you think that democracies can harmlessly forfeit human rights in the fight against terrorism, you should think twice. On 24 July, the European Court of Human...

Defamation in Italy : a draft law to be changed

Il Corriere della Sera , 08/06/2014 When Parliament started reviewing the legislation on defamation last October, there were great hopes that Italy finally would succeed in carrying...

Keep the press free

Several newspapers, 02/05/2014 To work as a journalist today, you need a great deal of courage. In the last twelve months, hundreds of journalists, photographers and camera operators in...

Leaning on judges: eroding the rule of law in Europe

Open Democracy , 20/02/2014 The preamble to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights affirms that the rule of law is an important antidote to"rebellion against tyranny and oppression"....

Justice has to be done for all the erased

Delo (Slovenia) , 19/10/2013 Twenty two years have passed since the erasure of more than 25 000 persons from the Slovene Register of Permanent Residents, a decision which caused serious...

Five steps to increase women’s safety

New Europe , 10/07/2013 Violence against women is one of the most widespread and serious human rights violations occurring every day in Europe. Only in the last three weeks more than five...

Prism: secret surveillance could destroy democracy rather than defend it

The Guardian , 26/06/2013  Don't fall for the narrative that if you've nothing to hide, you needn't worry. Our privacy is not a luxury A few years ago, Google CEO Eric Schmidt,...
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