EU Human Rights and Democratisation
The European Union's Human rights & Democratisation Policy - activities of the EU relating to human rights.
- Amnesty deplores Libya conditions for would-be migrants — 20 June 2013, 02:07 CET
Amnesty International on Thursday called on Libya to take immediate
action to bring an end to the "deplorable conditions" endured by
thousands of would-be migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers, including
- Croatians seek referendum to ban same-sex marriage — 14 June 2013, 20:29 CET
Some 1,000 supporters of a conservative group calling for a referendum
to ban same-sex marriage marched to Croatia's parliament Friday to hand
over a petition signed by one-fifth of the EU-bound country's
- Croatia anti-gay marriage petition sparks fears of intolerance — 13 June 2013, 12:39 CET
Less than three weeks before it joins the European Union, Croatia is facing calls for a referendum that could rule out same-sex marriages in the largely Catholic nation, where conservatism appears to be on the rise.
- Croatia holds first same-sex marriage march — 27 May 2013, 22:21 CET
Some 400 people took part Monday in the first ever same-sex marriage
march in staunchly Catholic and largely conservative Croatia, set to
join the European Union on July 1.
- Most gays in Europe still afraid to show sexuality: report — 17 May 2013, 21:25 CET
Two-thirds of Europe's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community are still afraid to show their sexuality in public and a quarter have been victims of physical or verbal attacks, an EU report said Friday, the International Day Against Homophobia.
- Human Rights Watch calls for EU action on Hungary — 16 May 2013, 17:13 CET
Human Rights Watch urged the European Union Thursday to put more pressure on Hungary including a possible suspension of voting rights to bring the country into line with EU law.
- Tymoshenko's daughter hails EU court ruling as 'first victory' — 30 April 2013, 13:49 CET
Ukrainian opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko's daughter Yevgenia hailed Tuesday the European Court of Human Rights' ruling that her mother's detention was unlawful as the "first victory" on the way to her release.
- Europe court rules Tymoshenko jailing 'unlawful' — 30 April 2013, 17:49 CET
The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Ukraine's detention of former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko was unlawful, in a decision the opposition leader's camp saw as a key step towards her release.
- France ordered to pay damages to 'degraded' prisoner — 25 April 2013, 17:02 CET
The European Court of Human Rights on Thursday ordered France to pay 10,000 euros in damages to a prisoner it said suffered "degrading and inhumane treatment" in a jail which has since closed.
- EU court raps Romania soccer club for anti-gay comments — 25 April 2013, 15:47 CET
The European Court of Justice has rapped Romanian football club Steaua Bucarest over homophobic comments made by its patron George "Gigi" Becali, a controversial politician and millionaire businessman.
- Cuba opposition veteran slams EU accord plan — 23 April 2013, 23:03 CET
Veteran Cuban dissident Elizardo Sanchez urged the European Union on
Tuesday not to sign a new bilateral agreement with his country's
leaders, saying their recent reforms were "cosmetic" amid persistent
human rights abuses.
- Myanmar frees dozens of political prisoners — 23 April 2013, 22:58 CET
Myanmar on Tuesday pardoned dozens of political prisoners, activists said, a day after the European Union agreed to end almost all sanctions against the former pariah state.
- Ashton says Bosnia lacks progress on reform — 18 April 2013, 21:35 CET
EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said Thursday that Bosnia has done little, if anything, recently to carry out reforms needed for it to eventually join the European Union.
- EU nations warned to act as human trafficking worsens — 15 April 2013, 18:54 CET
Brussels has warned EU Member States to get a move on with adopting tough new rules against human trafficking or face sanctions as a first report on the problem showed "modern-day slavery" worsening across the bloc.
- EU warns Bosnian membership bid will be 'frozen' without reform — 11 April 2013, 22:16 CET
Bosnia's bid to become a member of the EU could be "frozen" if the
country fails to implement constitutional changes to allow people from
the Jewish and Roma communities to hold high political office, the EU
enlargement commissioner said Thursday.
- EU hails Ukraine pardon for Tymoshenko ally — 07 April 2013, 15:57 CET
The European Union on Sunday welcomed Ukraine's pardon of a close ally
of jailed former premier Yulia Tymoshenko, former interior minister
Yuriy Lutsenko, calling it "an important step".
- Ukraine leader pardons Tymoshenko ally under EU pressure — 07 April 2013, 13:34 CET
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has pardoned a close ally of jailed former premier Yulia Tymoshenko, amid tensions with the opposition and pressure from the European Union.
- Hungary rejects UN criticism on homelessness — 04 April 2013, 13:33 CET
Hungary has rejected accusations by UN human rights experts that a
recent constitutional amendment by the European Union member outlawed
- Freedom of expression in Turkey 'under attack': Amnesty — 27 March 2013, 15:17 CET
Amnesty International criticised Wednesday European Union hopeful
Turkey's dismal record on freedom of expression and called for
legislative reforms to bring "abuses to an end."
- Russia raids Human Rights Watch office amid EU concern — 27 March 2013, 12:10 CET
Russian authorities searched the Moscow offices of New-York based Human Rights Watch on Wednesday as they stepped up raids against pro-democracy groups despite growing EU concern.
- Vaclav Havel Prize for human rights unveiled in Prague — 26 March 2013, 02:03 CET
The international Vaclav Havel Prize for human rights, honouring the
late Velvet Revolution hero who steered his country peacefully to
independence from Soviet rule, was unveiled Monday in Prague.
- EU evictions ruling heartens debtors in Spain — 14 March 2013, 21:36 CET
Homeowners ruined by Spain's economic crisis and their defenders hailed
a big step forward on Thursday after Europe's top court ruled that the
country's eviction laws breached EU rules.
- Iran TV officials slam EU over sanctions — 14 March 2013, 15:21 CET
Two senior officials at Iran's Press TV whom the EU has slapped with
sanctions have criticised the bloc over the move, in comments published
on the English-language channel's website on Thursday.
- Alarm raised over anti-migrant violence in Morocco — 13 March 2013, 16:34 CET
The medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) on Wednesday raised
the alarm over increased violence against illegal migrants in Morocco,
pointing a finger of blame at both Rabat and Madrid.
- EU sanctions Iranian judges, media officials for rights abuse — 12 March 2013, 14:12 CET
Iranian judges, media officials and a special police Internet monitoring
unit linked to the death of a dissident in custody were added Tuesday to
the EU's sanctions list against Tehran for grave human rights