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UN rights chief calls on UK to curb 'hate speech' in tabloids
April 24, 2015
The systematic anti-foreigner language used in British tabloids for decades, and a recent article in The Sun calling migrants "cockroaches," moved the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to take action on Friday, calling on UK officials and the media to curb incitement to hatred. Zeid Ra'ad Al Hus....... [more]

UN calls on EU to set up rescue operation for migrants at sea
April 23, 2015
Top UN human rights officials and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) issued a joint statement Thursday calling on the EU to create a new rescue operation program for migrants attempting to traverse the Mediterranean and to commit to greater receipt of refugees. The statement, signed....... [more]

EU charges Gazprom with abusing gas markets
April 22, 2015
The European Commission on Wednesday issued a Statement of Objection to Gazprom accusing the Russian gas giant of abusing its position as the dominant source of gas in Central and Eastern European in breach of EU anti-trust rules. According to the Commission, "Gazprom is the dominant gas supplier in....... [more]

EU high court upholds sanctions on Zimbabwe
April 22, 2015
The EU General Court on Wednesday upheld sanctions placed on individuals and companies in Zimbabwe. The action, brought in 2012 by Zimbabwe's Attorney-General Johannes Tomana and 120 other individuals, challenged sanctions first imposed in 2002 as a result of the EU's concerns regarding pre-election....... [more]

UN rights experts: EU must develop solutions to stop migrant deaths at sea
April 20, 2015
UN rights experts warned the EU on Monday that repression of irregular migration cannot be the only solution to the recurrent grave problem of masses of people drowning at sea. The experts said they were encouraged by the decision to hold an EU summit on the issue and urged states to use the summit....... [more]

China sentences journalist for 'leaking state secrets'
April 17, 2015
A Chinese court on Friday sentenced 71-year-old freelance journalist Gao Yu to seven years in prison for 'leaking state secrets' to foreign contacts. Yu has been detained since April 2014, and maintains that she is innocent. The sentence has been met with criticism. An official for the European Unio....... [more]

European Parliament calls killings of Armenians 'genocide'
April 16, 2015
The European Parliament approved a resolution on Wednesday calling the massacre of Armenians during World War I a "genocide," while urging Armenia and Turkey to reconcile their diplomatic relations. The resolution comes days after Pope Francis instigated outrage by using the same term in Turkey. Mem....... [more]

HRW urges EU to implement search and rescue in Mediterranean
April 15, 2015
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Wednesday urged the EU to put into place a search and rescue operation in the Mediterranean following reports of 400 lives lost at sea. HRW acting deputy Europe and Central Asia director Judith Sutherland stated that if reports from a recent confirmed shipwreck, from whic....... [more]

EU initiates antitrust proceedings against Google
April 15, 2015
The European Commission on Wednesday initiated antitrust proceedings against Google accusing the company of utilizing their dominant position in the search engine market to hurt competitors. The commission sent Google a Statement of Objections, which describe how the search engine company has negati....... [more]

EU rights committee criticizes Bulgaria treatment of prisoners
March 26, 2015
The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture on Thursday criticized Bulgaria for its treatment of prisoners. The report highlighted major concerns that the committee had expressed with Bulgarian authorities and noted that over time these concerns had not been addressed adequately, but had in....... [more]

HRW urges European leaders to raise concerns over Kyrgyzstan
March 22, 2015
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Sunday urged EU leaders France, Germany and Switzerland to raise human rights concerns directly with Kyrgyzstan President Almazbek Atambaev about abuses occurring in his country. HRW has called on the leaders to "seek firm promises" that the country reject two bills that....... [more]




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