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Is the EU sponsoring teaching of intolerance

For years, Israelis and Palestinians have accused each other of incitement of hatred within the education system. Israeli authorities have repeatedly stated that Palestinian children are taught early on that Israel has no right to exist, that Jewish presence in Palestine before 1948 is deliberately omitted in Palestinian textbooks and that peace education is not […]

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MEP Report on Religious Minorities in Pakistan: Plight of Pakistani Christians Continuously Ignored

Despite an alleged recent push by the Pakistani government to promote greater social and political freedoms and limit religiously-motivated violence and hate speech, both Pakistan-based and international human rights groups have continued to call on the majority-Muslim country to institute better protections for its religious minority groups: Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, Ahmadis, and Shi’a Muslims. All […]

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EU Parliament questions Labour laws in Balochistan

In a written question to the European Commission (E-001719-19) at the beginning of April 2019, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), from the Social Democratic Party, Claude Moraes from the UK and Maria Arena from Belgium, highlighted that the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining Convention, 1949 (No 98) was ratified […]

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Separate and Unequal: Pakistan and the EU as the quintessential anti-human rights team

“Institutionalised discrimination.”  “Lack of opportunities.”  “Separate and unequal citizens.” Those are just a few phrases that have been used to refer to the reality religious minorities’ face in Pakistan. Hindus, Sikhs, Shia Muslims, and the Ahmadi, another Muslim minority, endure intense persecution in Pakistan on the basis of their faith. As a result, the percentage […]

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Being Proactive Rather than Reactive

The importance of addressing the root causes and cultural factors in the pursuit for eliminating gender-based violence in Afghanistan cannot be under estimated.   In March of 2018, the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission published a report summarising the current state of violence against women in the country. According to the report, 4,340 acts of […]

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Delivering Justice and Protecting Afghanistan’s Women Gender-Based Violence in Afghanistan: A Fantasy or a Possible Reality?

In 2009, the government of Afghanistan passed the Elimination of Violence Against Women law, which signified that the country was ready to make strides to decrease instances of gender-based violence and ensure that justice was provided to victims. The pursuit of the elimination of violence cannot end with the passing of this legislation, however. The […]

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Divided voice on the EU-Pakistan relationship

In May of this year the Members of European Parliament released a report  titled ‘Religious Minorities in Pakistan’. This report draws attention to the plight of religious minorities in Pakistan and the institutionalised discrimination against these groups by the Pakistani authorities. The report calls on Pakistan to drastically improve the conditions of religious minorities living […]

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Hearing from the Uyghur – Brussels academics address China’s Camps

The Université Libre de Bruxelles’s (ULB) EASt, the school’s East Asian Research Centre, hosted an event at the Press Club in Brussels on 14th May 2019, which drew attention to the dire plight of the Uyghur people in China. This event, titled “The Uyghur Camps in China”, gave a platform to academics and activists alike. […]

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EU Commission GSP consultation – Call for transparency

The European Commission is currently calling on citizens and stakeholders to provide feedback regarding its flagship trade programmes the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP). The European Union’s GSP initiative has existed for over 40 years and aims to promote sustainable development of beneficiary countries and improving exports. Under the scheme, beneficiary countries are granted preferential […]