Banning Muslim Veil Denies Women a Choice, Too

Banning Muslim Veil Denies Women a Choice, Too

Posted by on Oct 1, 2012 in Europe, Women's Rights | No Comments

By Judith Sunderland Published in: Women’s eNews On April 11, 2011, Kenza Drider, a 32-year-old mother of four, broke the law in Paris: she wore the niqab in public. She had traveled by train from her home in Avignon to protest a new law banning the full-face Muslim veil in all public spaces throughout France. […]

Poland peels back layers on secret CIA prison for suspected terrorists

Poland peels back layers on secret CIA prison for suspected terrorists

Posted by on Aug 15, 2012 in Counterterrorism, Europe, Terrorism | No Comments

By Roy Gutman Published in: McClatchy Newspapers STARE KIEJKUTY, Poland — On an idyllic lake surrounded by woods and a double row of mesh-and-razor-wire fences about 100 miles north of Warsaw, there stands a secluded villa that the CIA once used to interrogate – and allegedly torture – top al Qaida suspects. On the grounds […]

France: Ending Ethnic Profiling

France: Ending Ethnic Profiling

Posted by on Jun 8, 2012 in ESC Rights, Europe, Migrants | No Comments

By Judith Sunderland Published in: Le Monde Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault’s recent endorsement of stop forms for police identity checks is an important step. While community groups have hailed the announcement, police unions have objected to what they describe as a precipitous and unfair measure that will impede their work. In reality, momentum has been […]

Russia: Protect Human Rights Defenders in Chechnya

Russia: Protect Human Rights Defenders in Chechnya

Posted by on Jun 7, 2012 in Europe, NGOs and Civil Society, Press Freedom | No Comments

Published in: Human Rights Watch Chechen Leader Threatened ‘Mobile Group’ in TV Broadcast (Moscow) – Russiashould ensure the safety of human rights defenders after public threats by Chechnya’s Kremlin-appointed leader, Human Rights Watch said today. The Russian authorities should end harassment of the Joint Mobile Group of Human Rights Defenders in Chechnya (Mobile Group), whose […]

Croatia: Don’t Force Change in Pride March Route

Croatia: Don’t Force Change in Pride March Route

Posted by on May 31, 2012 in CPR Rights, Europe, LGBT Rights | No Comments

Published in Human Rights Watch Threat of Violence Requires Protection, Not interference. (Berlin, May 31, 2012) – Authorities in the Croatian city of Split should permit the 2012 Gay Pride March on June 9, 2012, to end on the city’s waterfront as planned, Human Rights Watch said today. Croatian police have an obligation to facilitate […]

The Staff Wanted Initiative – The Hospitality Industry will only earn respect by respecting those who work within it

The Staff Wanted Initiative – The Hospitality Industry will only earn respect by respecting those who work within it

Posted by on May 22, 2012 in Business, Europe | No Comments

By Neil Wilkins Institute for Human Rights and Business Over the summer, London’s annual influx of tourists will swell still further by visitors coming for the Olympic and Paralympic games. The city’s instantly recognisable, traditional yet energetically global image continues to be a major selling point for the Olympic games and its numerous sponsors keen […]

Azerbaijan: Authorities Violently Disperse Peaceful Rallies

Azerbaijan: Authorities Violently Disperse Peaceful Rallies

Posted by on May 22, 2012 in CPR Rights, Europe | No Comments

Human Rights Watch Police Beat, Kick Protesters on Eve of Eurovision Song Contest (Baku) – Azerbaijan sent an ominous message about the government’s commitment to fundamental freedoms as the police violently dispersed two peaceful protests on May 21, 2012, Human Rights Watch said today. Police rounded up dozens of peaceful demonstrators, forcing them onto buses […]

Eurovision Arrives in Azerbaijan: Contestants Sing – Journalists Silenced

Eurovision Arrives in Azerbaijan: Contestants Sing – Journalists Silenced

Posted by on May 21, 2012 in Business, Europe, Labor Rights | No Comments

By Human Rights Watch Flush with oil and gas revenues, Azerbaijan is trying to raise its profile abroad, transforming its capital, Baku, into a glittering Dubai-style city. At the same time, it’s gearing up to host Eurovision, the long-running song contest with music acts from 56 countries, expected to draw more than 100 million television […]

United Kingdom: The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights – Case Study

United Kingdom: The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights – Case Study

Posted by on May 7, 2012 in Business, Europe | No Comments

British Foreign & Commonwealth Office he UK has been a strong supporter over the last six years of the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Business and Human Rights, Professor John Ruggie, as he has worked to produce the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, also known as the “Protect, Respect and Remedy” Framework. […]

Beyond Breivik, Hate in Europe is on the Rise

Beyond Breivik, Hate in Europe is on the Rise

Posted by on Apr 26, 2012 in Europe, Terrorism, Torture | No Comments

By Benjamin Ward The Huffington Post UK, April 25, 2012 With the eyes of the world on the Oslo district court, there are stark contrasts on display. The twisted and hate-filled logic of Anders Breivik contrasts with the calm, dignified and above all fair criminal process against him. There are contrasts too between the shocking […]

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