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U.S.-Kazakhstan dialogue on human rights and democratic reforms continues

The United States and Kazakhstan convened the third annual U.S.-Kazakhstan High-Level Dialogue on Human Rights and Democratic Reforms on May 20 in Astana, focusing...

Thousands of Iranians hold pro-democracy rally in Paris

On a cold and wintry day in Paris, some 10,000 supporters of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, or NCRI, gathered to mark...

Xi’s China could be more dangerous than Mao ever dreamed

China’s Communist Party, which has undergone a transformation back to its Maoist roots under Xi Jinping, has been caught off guard by the widespread...

Fighting impunity in the 21st-century

In 2006, Thomas Lubanga was the first person to be convicted as a war criminal by the International Criminal Court.  For the first time...

Switzerland approves ban on facial coverings in public

Swiss voters have approved a ban on full facial coverings including burka and niqab nearly in all public spaces, in a referendum held on...

MEPs to investigate alleged human rights violations by Frontex

Fourteen MEPs are set to investigate the activities of the bloc's border guard agency after several reports emerged unveiling that Frontex was involved in illegal...

Female Belarusian journalists given two-year prison sentences for live coverage of pro-democracy protests

A court in Belarus on Thursday sentenced two female Belarusian journalists to two years in prison on charges of violating public order after they...

Dutch govt appeals court order to scrap Coronavirus curfew

The Dutch government has appealed against a court ruling on Tuesday which ordered it to scrap a night curfew on the grounds that it...

China bans BBC World News

BBC World News has been banned from airing in China, claiming the global network "seriously violated" the country's broadcasting rules, according to a statement...

Russia reportedly expels three EU diplomats amid Borrell-Lavrov talks

Russia has expelled three European diplomats, from Germany, Poland, and Sweden, on grounds they attended illegal rallies in support of jailed opposition leader Alexei...

President Biden is advancing the human rights of LGBTQI+ persons around the world

In line with American moral and ethical principles, President Joe Biden signed a Presidential Memorandum to “promote and protect the human rights of lesbian,...

Frontex suspends operations in Hungary over human rights abuses

Europe's Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) announced on Wednesday it had suspended all operations in Hungary over the government's treatment of asylum seekers. The...

Frontex head refuses to step down amid ongoing investigation

Fabrice Leggeri, the head of Europe's Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) is refusing to quit his post amid an ongoing investigation over the...

Renew Europe group expels Lithuanian MEP over homophobic remarks

The European Parliament's Renew Europe group on Wednesday decided to expel its Lithuanian member, Viktor Uspaskich, over homophobic remarks he made on a video...

CoE chief warns over domestic violence amid lockdown

Since confinement measures were put in place and stay-at-home orders were given, the calls in helplines for victims of domestic violence have multiplied, being...

France to fund hotel rooms for victims of domestic violence, as numbers rise amid lockdown

The French government announced that it will pay for hotel rooms to accommodate victims of domestic violence and open pop-up counselling centres, as reports...

EU adopts 2020-2024 action plan on human rights and democracy

As the number of violations of fundamental rights, ranging from restrictions to freedom of expression to imposition of capital punishment, is constantly rising, and...

European governments urged to abide by ECHR when responding to COVID-19 crisis

As a growing number of EU countries have imposed emergency measures to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of...

EU's top diplomat slams Russia for militarisation and human rights abuse in Crimea

Josep Borrell, EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, heavily criticised Russia for the human rights situation in the Crimean peninsula, six...

Weinstein sentenced to 23 years in prison for rape, sexual assault

Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein has been sentenced to 23 years in a New York State prison, on Wednesday, after he was found guilty of...

EU calls on Belarus to abolish death penalty

After another death was recorded in Belarus, this time of Viktar Skrundzik, who was sentenced to death by the Minsk Regional Court, the EU...

Journalists' Federation urges EU27 to create safe environment for reporting in Greece

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) is asking from the EU and member states to create a safe environment for journalists reporting in Greece,...

Spain to introduce law that would define non-consensual sex as rape

A bill that would define all non-consensual sex as rape was approved by the Spanish government. The country’s parliament now has to examine the...

Argentina President to put forward bill to legalize abortion

A bill that would legalize abortion in Argentina will be sent to the congress in the following days by the country’s President Alberto Fernández....

Putin proposes constitutional ban of same-sex marriage

Russian President Vladimir Putin submitted a draft amendment to the country’s constitution that would ban same-sex marriage, among a number of other suggested constitutional...

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