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Turkey's Increasing Presence in the Council of Europe: What should be the Next Step?

Aylin Unver Noi | Posted 05.22.2015 | World
Aylin Unver Noi

Turkey has been a member of the Council of Europe (CoE) since 9 August 1949. When the CoE was an organization for a limited number of democracies in the 1950s, Turkey was one of the democracies on the Council.

The Fruits of Human Rights Hubris

Aaron Rhodes | Posted 05.15.2015 | World
Aaron Rhodes

Reactions to Prime Minister Cameron's plan to loosen the United Kingdom's relationship to the European Court of Human Rights have been predictably hysterical and infused with partisanship.

Why It's in Turkey's Interest to Acknowledge the Armenian Genocide

David Tolbert | Posted 04.24.2015 | World
David Tolbert

Denial is the final fortress of those who commit genocide and other atrocities. It not only damages the victims and their communities, but also promises a future based on lies, sowing the seeds of more conflict and repression.

Human Rights in Poland

John Feffer | Posted 04.15.2015 | World
John Feffer

Adam Bodnar of the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights talked with me about the concept of strategic litigation, the challenge of getting national governments to implement European court judgments, and the importance of exporting the best practices of Poland's watchdog organizations.

Construction According to Putin's Model, from Bosnia to Europe?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 01.20.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The scent of nationalism was present in the former-Yugoslavia before Vladimir Putin effectively assumed power in Moscow. Already during the early stages of the conflict in Bosnia & Herzegovina, "BiH"  solutions were being fashioned in the hope of, well appeasing is perhaps an appropriate term, those leaders in the region but also Moscow who saw feudal nationalism as the vehicle to replace authoritarian communism.

In the Highest Degree Odious

Clive Baldwin | Posted 12.01.2014 | World
Clive Baldwin

The British government is still fighting case after case concerning allegations of abuses by its forces during the 2003 Iraq conflict. This month it had a rare victory. The European Court of Human Rights found no human rights violations by the United Kingdom in the detention and death of a 22-year-old football player in Iraq in 2003.

CIA Does The Torture, U.S. Ally Pays The Price

Dennis J. Kucinich | Posted 09.24.2014 | Politics
Dennis J. Kucinich

The European Court of Human Rights yesterday ruled against Poland, charging our ally with human rights violations for helping the CIA operate an 'extraordinary rendition' program. But no one at the CIA has ever been prosecuted for torturing suspects.

Suddenly Europe's Far Right Loves Human Rights Courts

Andrew Guzman | Posted 09.07.2014 | Politics
Andrew Guzman

Human rights advocates place great faith in international treaties and the courts designed to enforce them, but the right wing of the political spectrum tends to be less enthusiastic about these institutions.

Time for a Council of Europe in the Middle East and North Africa

Sasha Toperich | Posted 08.09.2014 | World
Sasha Toperich

If some version of the Council of Europe were established in the Middle East and North Africa, it may serve as a good platform to address and resolve the leading obstacles to closer integration.

Europe Must Not Let Bosnia Drown

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 07.29.2014 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

May this disaster -- in which the fury of the gods seems to have taken up where human fury left off -- at least serve to cast Bosnia's plight in sharp relief. May it remind each and every one of us of the duty to remember and repair that is our most fitting response to the outrage of 20 years ago.

India, Human Rights and the Bhullar Case

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 03.15.2014 | World
Marcia G. Yerman

Not much has changed since Sikh Professor Devinderpal Singh Bhullar's mercy petition was filed in 2003. Hopefully, in 2014, human rights activists will press the court of world public opinion to give the unresolved narrative the attention it deserves.

France's Burqa Ban Gets New Scrutiny in European Court

Elizabeth Nicholas | Posted 02.17.2014 | World
Elizabeth Nicholas

The European Court of Human Rights is considering a case brought by an unnamed Muslim woman who says the French mandate that she remove her veil in public is an infringement on her religious, free speech, and privacy rights.

Spain Must Free Long-Held ETA Prisoner

AP | Posted 10.21.2013 | World

MADRID -- MADRID (AP) — The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Spain must release a prisoner held under a practice that has allowed Spani...

Restoring the Erased

John Feffer | Posted 05.13.2013 | World
John Feffer

On June 26, 2012, the European Court of Human Rights upheld a lower court ruling that Slovenia had violated the European Convention on Human Rights in its treatment of the roughly 25,000 people stripped of residency in the wake of the country's independence.

Sometimes It's Just Not About the Gays

James Peron | Posted 03.19.2013 | Gay Voices
James Peron

Lillian Ladele went to the Court because she "was pushed out of her job because of her stance against civil partnerships." But was she pushed out a job if she was refusing to do the job?

Landmark Ruling Strikes Down Religion-Based LGBT Discrimination

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 01.15.2013 | Gay Voices

The European Court of Human Rights said on Tuesday that British Christians may not use their religion as a basis for LGBT discrimination. The cour...

U.K. Equality Laws Trump Personal Religious Beliefs

Religion News Service | Trevor Grundy | Posted 04.08.2013 | Religion

By Trevor Grundy Religion News Service CANTERBURY, England (RNS) The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday (Jan. 15) ruled that equality laws ...

Agnes Gereb and the Case for Human Rights in Childbirth

Toni Harman | Posted 07.24.2012 | World
Toni Harman

Earlier this month we filmed an interview with Dr Agnes Gereb, the Hungarian obstetrician and midwife who was imprisoned and is currently under house arrest for supporting women giving birth at home. The filming was for our ONE WORLD BIRTH new documentary film which will be released this summer.

UK Terror Suspects Will Face U.S. Trial

Reuters | Posted 06.10.2012 | Crime

* European rights court says Britain can extradite Islamist cleric * Britain's most notorious cleric to face trial in United States ...

U.K. Can Extradite Terror Suspects To U.S., Court Rules

Reuters | Posted 06.10.2012 | World

(Adds details) STRASBOURG, France, April 10 (Reuters) - The European Court of Human Rights ruled on Tuesday that Britain had the right...

Should Christians Have The Right To Wear The Cross At Work?

The Huffington Post | Ileana Llorens | Posted 03.16.2012 | Religion

Two British women are headed to court to argue for the right to wear Christian crosses at their workplaces, but a group of Christian ministers is repo...

The Midnight Adoption Of Europe's Most Restrictive Religion Law

Joseph K. Grieboski | Posted 07.21.2011 | Religion
Joseph K. Grieboski

The Hungarian parliament procured for the country the title of Worst Religion Law in Europe when it rushed after midnight to adopt the "Law on the Right to Freedom of Conscience and Religion."

Discriminatory Draft Law In Belgium Violates Fundamental Religious Rights

Joseph K. Grieboski | Posted 08.14.2011 | Religion
Joseph K. Grieboski

Proposed legislation in Belgium contains provisions specifically designed to discriminate against targeted religions derogatorily designated as "secta...

Court Hears Case Claiming Woman Sterilized Due To Ethnicity

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

PARIS — Europe's human rights court opened a hearing Tuesday into a Gypsy woman's allegation that she was wrongly and forcibly sterilized at a state...

Obama's Recess Appointment of Ambassadors to Baku and Ankara Must Be Challenged

Harut Sassounian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harut Sassounian

Pres. Obama's unilateral appointments of Matthew Bryza as Ambassador to Azerbaijan and Frank Ricciardone as Ambassador to Turkey must be strongly chal...