Democracy & Human Rights

A Guide to the US Democratic Primaries

Article

The world is watching as the United States prepares for its next election marathon. Many Europeans want to know where the Democratic presidential hopefuls stand on issues from climate change or migration to regulating Big Tech. But where to start with more than 20 candidates? We try to cut a path through the US Democratic primary jungle.

By Hannah Winnick, Sabine Muscat

A changing European Parliament

Comment

The European Parliament has become more pluralist and more diverse, which may mean opportunities for its future work. As part of a broader pro-European alliance the Greens will unquestionably play an important role in the newly elected Parliament.

By Eva van de Rakt

Tough Questions: Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi visiting Czech Republic and Hungary

Report

Myanmar’s State Councillor Aung San Suu Kyi is visiting the Czech Republic and Hungary – her first visit to Europe since the mass expulsion of the Rohingya. This could be a first step to reopen dialogue between Myanmar and the West – but tough questions need to be posed about her handling of the Rohingya question and other human rights concerns.

By Axel Harneit-Sivers

Focused on the Far Right

Background

In the run-up to the European elections, US President Donald Trump shows where his sympathies lie.

By Dominik Tolksdorf

European election campaign in Poland: test run for autumn general elections

Backgrounder

The figures speak for themselves: 15 years after joining the European community, 91 percent of Poles support EU membership, with only five percent against. According to 78 percent of those surveyed, the consequences are overwhelmingly positive. Moreover, 56 percent feel they are Europeans, an increase of around 13 percent compared to 2014.

By Irene Hahn-Fuhr
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Stabilization via change? The European Union’s support for human rights advocacy in Lebanon

Paper

Civil society is identified as a key partner for the European Union (EU) and receiver of financial support in the European Neighbourhood Policy, as civil society is closest to the citizen’s needs, for example in terms of human rights. However, the existing body of research questions whether such aspirations for human rights are compatible with the EU’s main priority in neighbourhood, stabilization. 

A Local Turn for European Refugee Politics

E-Paper

In this policy paper “A Local Turn for European Refugee Politics” the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung puts forward proposals for a more active role of the municipalities in refugee and asylum policy.

Phantom Menace. The Politics and Policies of Migration in Central Europe

Despite the presence of migration in the discourse of politicians, media and the general public in recent years, there is a persistent lack of facts about the life situations and motivations of newcomers to Europe. With this book the Heinrich Böll Foundation and the Institute for Public Affairs aim to contribute to a fact-based debate on the politics and policies of migration in Central Europe. 

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Democracy & Human Rights

In 2019 the European Union is confronted with serious challenges and uncertainties. Far-right movements and parties attack democratic values and principles in many countries. The rule of law is under pressure, not only in Hungary and Poland, and the polarisation of societies endangers social cohesion all over Europe. 2019 is also the year of Brexit. Three decades after 1989, the EU seems at risk of falling apart. On the other hand, the latest Eurobarometer survey shows a continuous increase in citizens’ support for the EU. More than two-thirds of the respondents are convinced that their country benefits from being an EU member state. This is the highest score ever measured since 1983. 

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This section deals with the main challenges the European Union faces and provides posts by a range of high profile authors and young talents with different professional and national backgrounds.

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Council conclusions on LGBTI equality, June 2016

"WHEREAS

1.       Respect for human rights is a founding value for the Union, as stated in the Treaty on European Union and in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.

2.       It is important to promote common values, such as respect for human rights, as well as a common understanding that human rights are universal and apply to all.

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 “Movements, Borders, Rights? Feminist Perspectives on Global Issues in Europe“, Final Conference Statement

Feminism must be more political in confronting the current multiple crises!

This is the key message from the international conference “Movements, Borders, Rights? Feminist Perspectives on Global Issues in Europe” which took place in Brussels 24-25 October 2017.

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Archive Feminicide

Globally, the prevalence of different manifestations of gender-related killings is reaching alarming proportions. Culturally and socially embedded, these manifestations continue to be accepted, tolerated or justified – with impunity as the norm. States‘ responsibility to act with due diligence in the promotion and protection of women‘s rights is largely lacking as regards the killing of women.

Ms. Dubravka Šimonovic, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women

Beijing+20 - Women’s rights worldwide – time for implementation once and for all

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Conferences on Feminicide

Towards Gender Sensitive Media Coverage of Violence Against Women and Femicide/Feminicide

Workshop

Appropriate news coverage regarding violence against women and feminicide, without discriminatory stereotypes and in tune with the advances of women's rights and gender equality, can contribute to changing mentalities and diminishing VAW. Much still needs to be done considering the emerging fundamentalist discourses, as well as the global backlash against women’s rights.

By Patricia Jimenez

6th Conference on Feminicide

The purpose of the 6th Conference on Femicide/Feminicide was to identify the content that should be included in the new space for dialogue between the EU and CELAC on gender issues.

4th Conference on Feminicide

The conference took the opportunity to assess the current situation in Latin America and the implications of EU policies.

2nd Conference on Feminicide

In November 2009, the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament and the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung European Union organised the 2nd conference on Feminicide and a Strategy Meeting.

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