Democracy

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The first parliamentary elections in Armenia after the referendum revealed themselves to be well-administered and respectful of fundamental freedoms. But problems such as vote-buying and interference in the process remain

 

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EU trade policy mostly neglected integrating a gender perspective. Introducing complementary policies and binding implementation mechanisms could mitigate negative effects. 

Repression of civil society is on the rise all over the world. The charter aims to support civil society organizations as activists throughout the world, to advocate for their rights and freedom of action, and to demand government guarantees.

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Latest publications

How does good governing work? How does government participation change the decision-making processes and the political objectives of a party? The study by Arne Jungjohann analyzes Green government participation of previous years and arrives at interesting conclusions.

It is necessary to ensure the participation of women's organisations, women and the civil society in the EU-CELAC Action Plan on Gender 2015 - 2017. In this paper women's organisations share their main concerns and make proposals.

Homophobia, discrimination and social exclusion are part of the day-to-day life of LGBTI persons in Honduras due to cultural background, religious fundamentalism and impunity. The event report examines if the European Union can help to overcome impunity of crimes against human rights defenders and LGBTI activists.

 

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Political Parties & Participation

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CSOs are service delivery organisations, as well as advocates for people’s rights and needs. This article examines the shrinking and closing space tendency of CSOs and gives recommendations to EU institutions on how to support them.

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Without an apporach to democracy support the European Union will loose credibility.

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Human Rights & Gender

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The German federal government sees Egypt as a state that can guarantee regional stability. But especially the support of the regime as-Sisi increases the instability in the region. It's time for a new approach to Egypt.

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Caroline Ausserer spoke with Zhan Chiam, employee at ILGA (International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association), about the recent report of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) on LGBTI asylum-seekers and -refugees.

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What we want

The work of the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung European Union on Democracy & Development is based on the understanding that democracy and development are a socio-political processes driven by citizens.
 
The adoption by the EU of subsequent constitutive treaties has created sufficient provision for the respect of human rights within EU internal and external policies including Common Foreign and Security Policy, trade, cooperation and development. Thus, the EU's external relations' activities must not only respect but also promote human rights and democratic development. Legal provisions on gender equality are, unfortunately, less consistent. 
 
The hbs European Union promotes the integration and implementation of existing EU legal provisions on democracy, human rights, gender equality, sustainable development and civil society participation in the contractual relations with developing countries. This is put into practice with active participation from partners in Brussels and abroad.

For more information, please contact

Patricia Jimenez
Director Global Dialogue Programme
Tel. +32-2-743 41 03
Email: patricia.jimenez@eu.boell.org

Dr. Cornelia HOFFMANN
EU Liaison Manager
Tel. +32-2-743 41 01
Email: cornelia.hoffmann@eu.boell.org

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Dossier

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The civil society is globally under pressure. In many countries governments are restricting the activities of civil society organisations with targeted measures. In this dossier we deliver analysis and background knowledge, whilst exploring new scopes for action for civil societies.

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LGBTI

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LGBTI individuals and LGBTI human rights defenders in Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia are facing huge challenges as LGBTI rights issues are currently shaped by EU, Russia, and South Caucasus geopolitical and economic interests. Could the European Neighbourhood Policy and other EU foreign policy initiatives contribute to the improvement of the LGBTI rights situation in the region?

Discovering the sources of homophobia in Bosnia and Herzegovina and raising awareness for the rights of LGBT people. Therefore civil society actors, as well as institutions (health, education, jurisprudence) and, journalists were addressed to make the issue visible.

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The Gezi protests have given new, sustainable boost the LGBTIQ movement in Turkey. The history of the movement, however, the begins at the latest in the beginning of the last century.

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Caroline Ausserer spoke with Zhan Chiam, employee at ILGA (International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association), about the recent report of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) on LGBTI asylum-seekers and -refugees.

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