The EU should take this opportunity to hold Brazil to its commitment, made in the EU-Brazil Joint Action Plan, "to strive for the full protection and promotion in all our countries of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights".
Despite the recognition international and regional institutions, and some national authorities, give HRDs, they are still targeted, even where specific protection mechanisms and programmes exist.
Ahead of the International Day of Indigenous Peoples, we wish to draw your attention to the discrimination and serious challenges which indigenous peoples continue to face daily throughout the Americas in their attempts to claim the right to consultation and free, prior and informed consent about development projects in or near their territory.
This law is a welcome step forward, but it fails to effectively ensure justice and reparations for many victims of the long-running armed conflict.
The release of political prisoners in 2011 did not mark the beginning of any changes in Cuba’s human rights policy. Instead, repression intensified against those expressing their views about the government.
04/01/2011The changes brought by the Lisbon Treaty have radically transformed the EU presidency’s task. It now focuses far more on internal affairs. So one of the main challenges confronting the Hungarian presidency on the human rights front will be something its predecessors were able to dodge by hiding behind laudable work on the external front. Europe’s human rights landscape has also been altered. Discrimination against minorities, and racism in law enforcement and criminal justice, have grown so much that they are too overwhelming for member states to tackle singlehandedly. In particular the situation of the Roma people and the grave violations they are facing throughout Europe, have spelt an end to the previous and all-too-convenient impasse EU presidencies have cited to allow them to avoid confronting the human rights situation in the EU.
12/06/2013 Poland and the European Union must ensure that the country urgently investigates long-standing accusations that it hosted a CIA-run secret prison where suspects were tortured between 2002 and 2005.
03/06/2013 How long do you think you would cope if you were confined to a cupboard-sized room of just six square metres, 23 hours a day? An hour? A day? A week? How about 41 years and counting? Forty-one years ago, three young black ...