Violence and Security

  • OSCE Event Counters Religious Clothing Restrictions

    July 20, 2017

    The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights recently held a roundtable in Amsterdam for NGOs and representatives of the Muslim and Jewish communities to discuss state restrictions on religious rites and practices, including on religious clothing, within the OSCE and how to form "sustainable national advocacy coalitions" to combat such restrictions.

  • Experts Brace for Potential IS-Qaeda Merger

    July 19, 2017

    Experts on Islamist extremism are suggesting that the near future of global jihadism will very possibly be shaped by a merger between the Islamic State (IS) and al-Qaeda movements, which will generate renewed resilience and impact in the internationalization of Islamist extremist ideology and strategies of violence aimed at the singular goal of achieving a global caliphate.

  • UN Official Seeks Distribution System for Migration in Europe

    July 19, 2017

    UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi has called for European countries to offer a "joined-up, comprehensive regional approach," a distribution system, and expanded legal avenues for migration to relieve Italy of problems related to mass migration to the country.

  • UN Officials Seek Global Deal on Migration Pathways

    July 19, 2017

    At a recent UN Global Forum on Migration and Development in Berlin, UN officials emphasized the international organization's desire to create a globally harmonized migration policy expanding legal pathways for cross-border movement beginning with a global compact on migration to be based on human rights law and agreed in 2018.

  • UN Official Seeks "Sustainability" Response to Attacks in Sahel

    July 19, 2017

    UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed has warned government officials to "avoid a disproportionate emphasis on security" in pursuing peace in Africa's Sahel region, blaming security problems in the region on "lack of development, good governance and respect for human rights," as well as the impacts of global warming.

  • CoE Body: "Modernize" Society Through Migration

    July 19, 2017

    According to a resolution adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (CoE), European countries should base their responses to large-scale migration flows on the principles of "human dignity and solidarity" and recognize that migration into their territories is necessary for "renewed dynamic and modernisation of societies."

  • Germany Passes Law Targeting Online "Hate Speech"

    July 19, 2017

    AP reports that German legislators have passed a law imposing substantial fines on social media companies that fail to remove in a timely manner content posted by users of their online platforms that German officials deem to be "hate speech" or "fake news" prohibited under the country's laws.

  • UN Welcomes Tech Counter-terrorism Collaboration

    July 18, 2017

    A UN official has welcomed the launch by technology companies Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, and YouTube of a "Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism," which will ramp up cooperation between these companies to remove "violent extremist" content from the internet and provides for expanding collaboration with the UN and EU on countering terrorist messaging.

  • UNESCO Seeks "Self-Regulation" to Combat "Fake News"

    July 18, 2017

    At a conference of European media lawyers in Paris, the UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) Director for Freedom of Expression and Media Development, Guy Berger, called for more "self-regulation" by the media and internet companies in response to the proliferation of "fake news" that might influence the democratic process.

  • CoE: Media Must Avoid "Sensationalizing" Terror Attacks

    July 18, 2017

    The Council of Europe (CoE) recently held a colloquium in Strasbourg on the role and duties of the media in reporting terrorism, the purpose of which was, in part, to urge media actors to recognize a duty "to avoid sensationalist media reports which lead to the spread of public terror, fear and feelings of chaos" during and after terror attacks.

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