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Suddenly Europe's Far Right Loves Human Rights Courts

Andrew Guzman | Posted 07.08.2014 | 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 06.10.2014 | 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 05.29.2014 | 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...

Irish Abortion Ban Violates Women's Rights, Says Court

AP | SHAWN POGATCHNIK | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

DUBLIN — Ireland's constitutional ban on abortion violates pregnant women's right to receive proper medical care in life-threatening cases, the ...

WikiLeaks, Then Congress, Reveals Reluctance to Account for Guantanamo and Torture

Human Rights First | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Human Rights First

The US would do better to promote national security by respecting international law and holding those who violate it accountable, rather than threatening other countries for doing so.

Breaking the Conspiracy of Silence: Europe and Extraordinary Rendition

Amrit Singh | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Amrit Singh

An Amnesty International Report released this week calls for a break in the conspiracy of silence surrounding Europe's complicity in CIA-driven torture and extraordinary renditions.

European Court Puts Limits On German Church's Ability To Fire Workers

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Niels Sorrells Religion News Service BERLIN (RNS) The European Court of Human Rights ruled Thursday (Sept. 23) that a church organist's employment...

Senate Should Reject Bryza as Ambassador to Azerbaijan

Harut Sassounian | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Harut Sassounian

At the request of Sen. Barbara Boxer, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee had postponed from early August to mid-September its vote on Matt Bryza, ...

Armenian-Americans File Multi-Billion Dollar Lawsuit Against Turkey

Harut Sassounian | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Harut Sassounian

After seeking genocide recognition for almost a century, Armenian-Americans will now devote their energy to pursue all legal avenues in order to recoup their massive losses and regain their historic rights.

Prisoners Deserve a Hearing Before Being Sent to Countries That Torture

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

Under international law, the United States isn't supposed to transfer anyone to a country where they're likely to face torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. But in the case of Abdul Aziz Naji that's what may happen.