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

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

Anti-feminism is making right-wing stances socially acceptable

Article

Anti-feminism as well as anti-gender rhetoric are playing a central role in the “centering” of right-wing ideologies. They are making right-wing mindsets acceptable in mainstream society and enabling parts of society to shift to the right without appearing right-wing. 

By Franziska Schutzbach
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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. To investigate how this alleged contradiction affects the de facto support for pro-democratic civil society organizations, this research focuses on the question “What are the means of the European Neighbourhood Policy to support Lebanese Human Rights Organizations in their advocacy for Human Rights and Democracy in Lebanon?”Interviews with local experts show that the EU Delegation is striving to cooperate closely with civil society actors to support their human rights advocacy but is limited in their capacity to provide funding to HROs due to a shift of priorities in the newest Single Support Framework (SSF). A comparison of the SSF from before and after stabilization became the main priority, confirms this finding.

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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Violence Against Women - a definition

Rather than a new form of violence, gender-related killings are the extreme manifestation of existing forms of violence against women. Such killings are not isolated incidents that arise suddenly and unexpectedly, but represent the ultimate act of violence which is experienced in a continuum of violence. Women subjected to continuous violence and living under conditions of gender-based discrimination and threat are always on – death row, always in fear of execution.

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

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Cornelia HOFFMANN
Head of EU Programmes & Democracy
Tel. +32 (0)2 743 41 01
Email: cornelia.hoffmann@eu.boell.org

Zora SIEBERT
Head of EU Policy Programme
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Email: zora.siebert@eu.boell.org

Feminicide: A Global Phenomenon

The fifth edition of “Feminicide: A global phenomenon” covers topics such as feminicide in different countries, the recent call of the UN-Rapporteur and the absolute criminalization of abortion

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

Beijing+20

"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.

Click here for full statement of the conference.

Voices on Feminicide

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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