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Human Rights Comment

Justice and reconciliation long overdue in the Balkans

09/07/2013 Strasbourg

More than 20 years after the first war in connection with the dissolution of Yugoslavia the legacy of the violence still lingers across the region. 12 200 persons are still missing, 423 000 refugees and displaced persons still cannot return to their homes, about 20 000 persons remain stateless or...

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Human Rights Comment

Europe must combat racist extremism and uphold human rights

13/05/2013 Strasbourg

Europe has been experiencing a worrying intensification of activities of racist extremist organisations, including political parties. According to some commentators, the upsurge has even reached the point of “an early form of far right terror”. It worries me deeply that the European community and...

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Human Rights Comment

Press freedom in the digital age: new threats, new challenges

03/05/2013 Strasbourg

As growing portions of journalistic activity take place on the Internet, Europe has not become a safer place for those expressing critical opinions. Clearly, people reporting can reach out faster and to a broader audience than before. But old and new threats await them when they decide to do so:...

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Human Rights Comment

Belarusian Human Rights Defenders Need Support

12/02/2013 Strasbourg

Belarus is not a member state of the Council of Europe and should not even be considered a candidate until it releases all human rights defenders and opposition activists imprisoned for political motives, abolishes the death penalty and carries out far-reaching democratic reforms. This means that...

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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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