Privatisation and public health: a question of Human Rights

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Caroline Dourado, a first-year medical student at the Pontifical Catholic University of Goiás. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view […]

EU-Turkey relations: Erdogan plays the refugee card while beefing up gas operations in the Eastern Mediterranean sea

EU accession talks with Turkey have been suspended as Turkey is showing poor results in upholding human rights, the rule of law, media freedom and the fight against corruption. Turkey is attempting though to change this situation and enhance its relations with the EU discussing current matters with the EU officials and especially with Germany […]

Will the EU reconsider Frontex’s role in light of accusations about violations of migrants’ human rights?

The European border agency Frontex has been found to violate human rights and abuse its power to make excessive use of force and mistreat migrants according to latest research conducted by the ARD political magazine report München, the British Guardian and the search center CORRECTIV. However, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency has been denying […]

External action: more funds for human rights, development and peace

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EU external action funding should support development, climate and environmental goals, and promote democracy, rule of law and human rights, say MEPs. On Wednesday, the European Parliament adopted its position on the proposed Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI). The new financial instrument […]

Human Rights breaches in Iran, Kazakhstan and Guatemala

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs deplore human rights violations and all forms of political repression in Iran, Kazakhstan and Guatemala. On Thursday, the European Parliament adopted three resolutions taking stock of the human rights situation in Iran, Kazakhstan and Guatemala. Iran must stop criminalising the work of women’s […]

Malaysia can show the way towards a holistic model for human rights

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Anjhula Mya Singh Bais, Chair, Amnesty International Malaysia On the 9th of May 2018, my smartphone recorded a 40% increase in social media activity. As a psychologist who speaks about the causes of insomnia with clients at least once […]

External action: more funds for human rights, development and climate change

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EU external action funding should support development, climate and environmental goals, and promote democracy, rule of law and human rights, say MEPs. On Monday, the Foreign Affairs and Development committees adopted their joint position on the proposed Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI). […]

External action: more funds for human rights, development and climate change

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EU external action funding should support development, climate and environmental goals, and promote democracy, rule of law and human rights, say MEPs. On Monday, the Foreign Affairs and Development committees adopted their joint position on the proposed Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI). […]

Human Rights breaches in Saudi Arabia, Chechnya and Zimbabwe

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs deplore the arrests of human rights defenders and violent attacks on civil society in Saudi Arabia, Chechnya and Zimbabwe. Saudi Arabia must improve women’s rights MEPs condemn the situation of women’s rights in Saudi Arabia and express their concern over the government web […]

Human rights breaches in Azerbaijan and Sudan

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs deplore the crackdown on dissent in Azerbaijan and urge Sudanese authorities to end violence against those protesting President al-Bashir’s regime. On Thursday, the European Parliament adopted two resolutions taking stock of the human rights situation in Azerbaijan and Sudan. Azerbaijan must release anti-corruption […]

EU fundamental rights under threat in several member states

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The European Parliament denounces gender violence and discrimination, breaches of rule of law and hate speech in its assessment of fundamental rights in the EU in 2017. In a non-legislative resolution adopted on Wednesday with 390 votes to 153 and 63 abstentions, MEPs call […]

Why businesses are nothing without strong human rights

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Bennett Freeman, Business Support for Civic Freedoms and Human Rights Defenders, Bennett Freeman Associates LLC & Mauricio Lazala, Deputy Director, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre & Michael Ineichen, Programme director , International Service for Human Rights Let’s start […]

3 ways to fix the way we fund humanitarian relief

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mark Lowcock, Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Each year, humanitarian aid organizations save and protect tens of millions of people caught up in crises across the […]

Human rights breaches in Iran, Egypt and Tanzania

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs urge Iran to release jailed Sakharov laureate Nasrin Sotoudeh, and deplore state attacks on human rights defenders and LGTBI people in Egypt and Tanzania. On Thursday, the European Parliament adopted three resolutions taking stock of the human rights situation in Iran, Egypt and […]

As the Universal Declaration of Human Rights turns 70 – is it time for a new approach?

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Barbara von Ow-Freytag, Journalist, political scientist and adviser, Prague Civil Society Centre As the Universal Declaration of Human Rights turns 70, a new generation of human rights activists are reinventing themselves to fight for old rights amid a […]

Women’s rights in Asia – how far have we come?

  This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum.   Author: Bjorn Andersson Asia-Pacific Regional Director, United Nations Population Fund In 1994, something remarkable happened at the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo. After years of often heated negotiations, 179 governments agreed on […]

70 years after the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, this is why we need dignity more than ever

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Crown Prince Haakon of Norway Co-founder, Global Dignity & John Osborn, Board Chair, Global Dignity & Cynthia Guyer, Executive Director, Global Dignity Seventy years ago, the founders of the United Nations put our understanding of our shared humanity […]

We need impartial LGBT+ news to advance human rights

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Antonio Zappulla, Chief Operating Officer, Thomson Reuters Foundation ‘Filthy’, ‘diseased’, ‘devil worshipper’, ‘disgusting’, ‘abnormal’, ‘paedophile’. These were real words used by some media outlets around the world this year when reporting on LGBT+ people. This might sound shocking. […]

Human Rights: breaches in Cambodia, Uganda and Myanmar

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs condemn arrests and trumped-up charges against opposition politicians and journalists in Cambodia, Uganda and Myanmar. Cambodia must drop all charges against opposition politician Kem Sokha Following widespread and systematic repression of the political opposition and electoral rights in Cambodia, the European Parliament urges […]

MEPs react to breaches of human rights in Moldova, Burundi and Somalia

  This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs condemn the lack of respect for human rights and the rule of law in Moldova, Burundi and Somalia, in resolutions voted last Thursday. Moldova: MEPs appeal for the respect of rule of law and democracy MEPs condemn the decision of the Supreme […]

US migrant children policy reversal, still ‘fails’ thousands of detained youngsters: UN rights experts

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The United States government decision to end its border policy of forcibly separating migrant children from their parents, does not help thousands of youngsters already in detention, who should be released and reunited with their families, a group of UN rights experts said on […]

Human rights chief calls for international probe on Venezuela, following ‘shocking accounts of extrajudicial killings’

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. In Venezuela, “credible, shocking accounts of extrajudicial killings” and impunity for perpetrators, indicate that the rule of law “is virtually absent”, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said on Friday, in a call for an international inquiry into the alleged violations. Zeid […]

Replacement for United States on Human Rights Council to be elected ‘as soon as possible’

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. International reaction to the United States decision to withdraw from the UN Human Rights Council continued on Wednesday with the President of the Geneva-based assembly confirming that the election of a new Member State would take place “as soon as possible” to fill the […]

UN chief hails ‘very important role’ of Human Rights Council, as US withdraws, citing alleged bias

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. In response to the withdrawal of the United States on Tuesday from the United Nations body which is designed to promote and protect human rights around the globe, Secretary-General António Guterres said that he would have “much preferred” the US remain. In a statement […]

Human rights: breaches in Russia, the Rakhine State and Bahrain

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs condemn detention of human rights defenders and breaches of free expression and assembly in Russia and Bahrain, and ethnic cleansing in the Rakhine State. Russia must free Oleg Sentsov and all other illegally detained Ukrainian citizens As FIFA Football World Cup kicks off […]

EU-Turkey relations: Will Turkey manage to revive the EU accession process talks?

The EU leaders meet tomorrow in Brussels in a two-day summit where the relations with Turkey and particularly the accession procedure is going to be one of the main topics. The European Commission has been supporting the freezing of the EU membership talks as Jean Claude Juncker condemned President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s crackdown on political […]

EU’s Mogherini visits Turkey “to step up engagement” and highlight interests

As announced last week through an official European Union statement, EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini and two other senior EU officials are visiting Turkey this week. The High Representative of the EU, together with Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement, Negotiations Johannes Hahn, and Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides, […]

What the future holds for the EU – China relations?

EU and China relations are perfectly depicted in a passage from a European Union External Action service Press release issued recently. It says, “While acknowledging China’s advancement of the economic and social wellbeing of its people in the past 25 years, the EU also hopes to see greater space open up for discussion and debate […]