Democracy & Human Rights

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Free, fair, and alive: the insurgent power of the commons

Book

Ambitious, sophisticated, and resolutely grounded in everyday realities, "Free, Fair and Alive" present a compelling vision of a future that can actually work. Written by two highly experienced commons activists, this book is at once a penetrating cultural critique, table-pounding political treatise, and practical playbook for building a new world of commoning.

Stabilization via change? The European Union’s support for human rights advocacy in Lebanon

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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. 

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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. 

In this section you can find articles, publications and information about topics that we are working on in the context of Democracy.

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Cornelia HOFFMANN
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Zora SIEBERT
Head of EU Policy Programme
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The State We’re in – the European Union: Still Alive but under Continuing Pressure

100 Years after: South Caucasus Countries from the Declaration of Independence till 2018

Capacity Building for the Post-Brexit Generation

Right Wing Populism and Extremism in Europe

Events

Archive LGBTI

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

Beijing+20

Conferences on Feminicide