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24.09.2020

September 25: The collection of signatures for the European Citizens’ Initiative for an unconditional basic income begins.

September 25: The collection of signatures for the European Citizens’ Initiative for an unconditional basic income begins.

This September 25, 2020, the collection of signatures begins to bring to fruition the European Citizen Initiative for an Unconditional Basic Income. It involves the collection of 1 million signatures in at least 7 countries of the European Union and within a period of one year. The presentation of the… »

24.09.2020

Lithuanian leaders, Tikhanovskaya condemn Lukashenko’s inauguration

Lithuanian leaders, Tikhanovskaya condemn Lukashenko’s inauguration

Lithuania does not recognise Alexander Lukashenko as the legitimate leader of Belarus, Lithuanian officials commented on reports about his inauguration in Minsk. Meanwhile, Svetlana Tikhanovkaya said the inauguration marked the official end of Lukashenko’s presidency. Belarusian state media reported on Wednesday that Lukashenko was sworn in as Belarusian president for… »

23.09.2020

The Netherlands’ Action Against Syria: A New Path to Justice

The Netherlands’ Action Against Syria: A New Path to Justice

The Netherlands announced on Sept. 18 that it had notified Syria of its intention to hold that government accountable for torture under the United Nations Convention against Torture. The Syrian government responded by saying the Netherlands had no right to address human rights, and that… »

22.09.2020

The EU is on a collision course with Poland over hate crime

The EU is on a collision course with Poland over hate crime

In her first state of the union address as president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen called out hatred and pledged to build “a union of equality”. While European institutions have been at the forefront of fighting hate crime and discrimination in and outside of the EU,… »

21.09.2020

Malta ratifies UN nuclear weapon ban treaty

Malta ratifies UN nuclear weapon ban treaty

Malta has become the 45th state party to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. It deposited its instrument of ratification on 21 September 2020 as world leaders met to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the United Nations. The move also coincided with Malta’s Independence Day, which… »

21.09.2020

13 presidents past and present urge UK government to halt Julian Assange’s extradition proceedings and grant his immediate freedom

13 presidents past and present urge UK government to halt Julian Assange’s extradition proceedings and grant his immediate freedom

As Julian Assange fights US extradition at the Old Bailey in London, over one hundred eminent political figures, including 13 past and present heads of state, numerous ministers, members of parliament and diplomats, have today denounced the illegality of the proceedings and appealed for Assange’s immediate release. The 165 politicians… »

21.09.2020

Assange’s Ninth Day at the Old Bailey: Torture Testimonies, Offers of Pardon and Truth Telling

Assange’s Ninth Day at the Old Bailey: Torture Testimonies, Offers of Pardon and Truth Telling

By Dr Binoy Kampmark September 18.  Central Criminal Court, London. The extradition trial of Julian Assange at the Old Bailey moved into a higher gear today.  Testimonies spanned the importance of classified information in war journalism, the teasing offer of a pardon for Assange by US President Donald Trump, torture… »

20.09.2020

Will Europe use the Navalny Card for New Sanctions Against Russia?

Will Europe use the Navalny Card for New Sanctions Against Russia?

As expected, Alexei Navalny’s case is seriously tearing apart relationship between European Union and Russian Federation. The alleged “poisoning” of the opposition leader Alexei Navalny, on August 20 in Tomsk (Siberia), has similarities to the murder of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko, and that of Sergei Skripal, a former Russian… »

19.09.2020

Julian Assange, and Press Freedom, on Trial in London

Julian Assange, and Press Freedom, on Trial in London

The role of the free press is to hold power accountable, especially those who would wage war. Press freedom itself is currently on trial in London, as Julian Assange, founder and editor-in-chief of the whistleblower website Wikileaks, fights extradition to the United States over an ever-evolving array of espionage and… »

16.09.2020

GBV – the shadow pandemic

GBV – the shadow pandemic

Gender-based violence is a world-wide problem – and one that has been worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic as victims are locked down with their abusers and frustration and uncertainty feed aggression. This ‘shadow pandemic’ is the focus of the third call-out in our #MyStoryForAStory (#MijnStoryVoorEenStory) campaign as we focus on… »

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