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Reforms to UK Human Rights Laws Must Not Weaken Protection

Huffington Post , 03/02/2016 The future of human rights protection in the United Kingdom is on the verge of change as the government prepares its consultation to replace the Human Rights Act with a Bill of Rights. The consultation stage represents a critical step whose result I hope will...

Luttons contre le terrorisme dans le respect du droit

Le Monde , 03/02/2016 La pérennisation de l’état d’urgence est néfaste et risque d’offrir une victoire aux agresseurs et à la peur en stigmatisant collectivement les musulmans, estime Nils Muiznieks, commissaire aux droits de l’homme du Conseil de l’Europe. Les récentes déclarations du...

Fighting violence against women must become Europe’s priority

New Europe , 04/01/2016 From migration to the economic crisis and terrorism, European leaders have been busy searching for solutions to very challenging phenomena in 2015. Regrettably, the long-standing problem of violations of women’s rights remained largely off the table. Yet, this is one...

Europe is spying on you

New York Times, 28/10/2015 - When Edward Snowden disclosed details of America’s huge surveillance program two years ago, many in Europe thought that the response would be increased transparency and stronger oversight of security services.

Azerbaijan: an area of darkness

Politico, 28/10/2015 - Some 5 million Azerbaijani citizens will be called Sunday to elect 125 members of Parliament from a list of almost 1,200 candidates. This large number of candidates does not mean the voters will be able to make a free and informed choice.

A ‘to do list’ for the refugee crisis

Europe's World, 28/10/2015 - Migration is the most controversial issue in Europe of this decade. It is creating new divisions between European countries and is feeding the widespread euroscepticism that far-right political movements have so promptly exploited.

L’Europe peut faire plus pour protéger les réfugiés

Le Monde , 02/09/2015 Depuis de nombreuses années, les pays européens ont été avertis que leurs systèmes d’asile et d’immigration étaient inadaptés. Aujourd’hui, avec l’afflux croissant de réfugiés et les tragédies de plus en plus fréquentes, ce système révèle toutes ses faiblesses. Mais les...

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 executed while 30 000 women, children and elderly persons were forcibly displaced. Twenty years on,...

Le génocide de Srebrenica : la priorité est de répondre aux besoins des victimes

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Vous êtes meilleur que ça, Europe (en anglais)

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 solidarity and human rights. We built institutions to prevent the crimes of the past and we made a...

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 diverses compétitions qui se dérouleront jusqu’au 28 juin. Ils seront suivis par des millions...

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 they play on fears. One of the most common myths of recent years is that we have to forfeit some of...

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 medals, igniting the passions of millions of Europeans. We hope they will also stand up to halt the...

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 drown under Europe’s distracted look. When in October 2013 a shipwreck off the Italian island of...

Renseignement : "Le projet de loi porte gravement atteinte aux libertés"

Le Monde , 13/04/2015 Le terrorisme est une menace réelle et un défi à la solidité de nos démocraties. Cette menace nécessite une réponse efficace pour protéger nos sociétés. Néanmoins, les Etats ne sauraient prendre des mesures antiterroristes qui sapent la démocratie, l’Etat de droit et...

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 seem to believe that Roma choose to live at the margin of society, in shanty camps in abject...

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 Azerbaijani journalist sentenced to eight years in prison on trumped up charges. A few hours later, Khadija...

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 the east. News reports from the conflict in eastern Ukraine are full of grim increases in the...

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 would inevitably erode fundamental human-rights protections that the international community has...

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 key source of information necessary for citizens’ effective participation in a democratic society. The...
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