Human Rights

  • EU Rejects Biden plan to Waive COVID-19 Vaccine Patents

    May 19, 2021

    At a European Council summit in Porto, Portugal, top EU officials pushed back at U.S. President Joe Biden’s proposal to suspend intellectual property rights for coronavirus vaccines, citing that Washington has not put forward a specific plan.

  • Finnish Christian Politician Facing Charges for ‘Discriminatory Hate Speech'

    May 10, 2021

    Päivi Räsänen, a Christian Democrat MP, is facing charges of 'discriminatory hate speech' in her home country of Finland for stating her belief that homosexual activity is sinful according to the Bible.

  • Top German Court Rules Climate Law Partly ‘Unconstitutional’

    May 04, 2021

    Germany’s Constitutional Court ruled that the country’s 2019 climate protection law, which sets out to cut emissions to net-zero by 2050, was partly “unconstitutional” citing that “sufficient measures for further emission reductions after 2031 are missing,”  putting an improper burden on future generations after 2030.

  • Politico: EU slams China’s ‘Authoritarian Shift’

    April 28, 2021

    A high-level internal report shows the EU is increasingly pessimistic about keeping business interests separate from political concerns over President Xi Jinping’s “authoritarian shift.”

  • EU Drops Plans to Punish China over Hong Kong

    April 21, 2021

    The European Union had planned to announce new measures against Beijing’s electoral reforms in Hong Kong at this months Foreign Affairs Council, but have withdrawn the announcement after failing to gain support from all 27 member states.

  • Russia’s Sputnik Vaccine Causing Division in EU

    April 21, 2021

    As vaccine roll out in the EU continues to lag behind other countries, Russia’s offer to sell their Sputnik V vaccine and the question of whether of not to accept is causing divisions within the bloc and even, in some cases, within individual countries.

  • ECtHR Opens Itself up to Climate-Related Human Rights Cases

    April 19, 2021

    The European Court of Human Rights, which is responsible for interpreting the European Convention on Human Rights, has begun considering whether states have violated their citizens’ human rights by failing to do enough to cut emissions.

  • ECtHR backs Mandatory Pre-School Vaccination

    April 14, 2021

    For the first time first time, The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has ruled on compulsory vaccination against childhood disease and has backed the Czech Republic in its requirement for mandatory pre-school vaccinations, finding that while the Czech policy interfered with the right to a private life, there was a need to protect public health.

  • The Istanbul Convention Ignites Europe’s Cultural Wars

    April 12, 2021

    Politico reports that after nearly ten years, the Istanbul Convention, which was intended to « protect women against all forms of violence » and was signed by the 45 Council of Europe member countries, is today causing division as Eastern and Western Europe enter a culture war concerning the definition of gender.

  • French President Macron Closes ENA

    April 12, 2021

    President Macron has announced the closure of the highly selective French National School of Administration (ENA), which has trained the country’s ruling class since 1945, in hope’s of reforming top civil servants’ recruitment and training.

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