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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.

Europe can do more to protect refugees

OpenDemocracy, Berlingske, Index and others , 02/09/2015 For many years European countries have been warned about the inadequacy of their immigration and asylum systems. Now, with increased refugee arrivals and more frequent tragedies, this system is showing all its weaknesses. But refugee...

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,...

The Srebrenica genocide: addressing the needs of the victims must be the priority

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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 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

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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...

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 must not take anti-terrorist measures that undermine democracy, the rule of law and human rights. ...

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...

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 wake-up call for European countries and would change the way they deal with migration. Until then, in...

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 Rights, the highest judicial body protecting the rights of individuals in 47 European countries,...

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 out a long overdue legal reform and strengthening media freedom in the country. Regrettably eight...

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 the world have been killed, injured, kidnapped, threatened or sued. Europe is no exception: worrying...
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