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Human Rights Comment

Police abuse – a serious threat to the rule of law

25/02/2014 Strasbourg

Far too often, police officers in many European countries resort to excessive use of force against protesters, mistreat persons in detention, target minorities and otherwise engage in misconduct. This undermines public trust in the state, social cohesion, and effective law enforcement, which...

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Human Rights Comment

Europe still haunted by antisemitism

23/01/2014 Strasbourg

More than 70 years after the Holocaust, antisemitism is growing in Europe. While official statistics are missing in many countries, research shows that deeply ingrained hostility continues to threaten Jewish people’s security and human dignity across Europe. Today’s antisemitism finds its way...

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Human Rights Comment

Sex-selective abortions are discriminatory and should be banned

15/01/2014 Strasbourg

Selective abortions of female foetuses are well known from China and India, but they are common in some parts of Europe, too. This deeply discriminatory practice springs from the disadvantaged status of women in society. It must be vigorously countered and banned in law. In Council of Europe...

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Human Rights Comment

Syrian refugees: a neglected human rights crisis in Europe

20/12/2013 Strasbourg

One of the world’s biggest refugee crises of recent times is unfolding on Europe’s doorstep, but most European governments have reacted with complete indifference. Close to 4 million people are internally displaced in Syria and almost 3 million have left the country since the beginning of the...

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Human Rights Comment

Human rights at risk when secret surveillance spreads

24/10/2013 Strasbourg

The fear of terrorism, technology that is developing at the speed of light, private companies and state security agencies compiling personal information – this topical mix has become a severe threat to the right to privacy. Despite the intentions, secret surveillance to counter terrorism can...

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