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Human Rights Comment

Governments should act in the best interest of stateless children

15/01/2013 Strasbourg

Citizenship is the “right to have rights”. Without citizenship, one lacks not only political rights, but often social and economic rights as well. On a symbolic level, citizenship implies being a full member of a national community, and even further, of humanity. Hundreds of thousands of persons...

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Human Rights Comment

Restrictions on defenders of migrants’ rights should stop

19/12/2012 Strasbourg

Defamation, threats, verbal and physical attacks, administrative sanctions and judicial harassment are used to deter human rights defenders from working with migrants and from combating the rising xenophobia and racism in Europe. Perpetrators can be both state and non-state actors. It is not...

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Human Rights Comment

Stop chasing Roma. Start including them.

22/11/2012 Strasbourg

Evictions of Roma are on the rise in Europe In recent years, the situation of Roma has been largely debated in Europe. However, this attention for the situation of the most discriminated minority in Europe has not been matched by much concrete action by governments. European countries continue...

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Human Rights Comment

States must take resolute measures to end school segregation of Roma

08/11/2012 Strasbourg

Roma children are experiencing segregated and substandard education in the school systems in the majority of the 47 Council of Europe member states. The consequences are devastating. It makes it very hard for these children to escape poverty and marginalisation later on in life. Non-integration...

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Human Rights Comment

States should do more to protect women from violence

09/10/2012 Strasbourg

Around the world – and indeed across Europe – women are beaten and threatened. Domestic violence is the most common form of abuse of women worldwide, irrespective of economics, religion or culture. There is a strange acceptance of the prevalence of domestic violence and violence against women in...

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