News from the EU

The European Parliament backed EU-Turkey deal to return irregular migrants – 26th February 2014

The European Parliament approved yesterday (26/02/2014) the readmission agreement between the EU and Turkey.

LIBE Committee backs EU-Turkey readmission agreement (22/01/2014)

The Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) of the European Parliament has endorsed the EU-Turkey “readmission” agreement signed by both parties on 16 December 2013.

UE-Turkey readmission agreement: a threat to Human rights

Ahmet Davutoglu (Turkish foreign affairs minister) and the EU Commissioners Cecilia Malmström and Stefan Füle announced that on the 16th December Turkey will sign an agreement on the readmission of migrants entering the EU illegally from its territory; in exchange for signing the readmission agreement, the EU will open up the way for visa liberalization for Turkish nationals.

The Conclusions of the European Council speak of delaying the adoption of the data protection reform package by 2015

The Conclusions of the European Council of these 24th and 25th of October speak of delaying the adoption of the data reform package by 2015.

« Migratory flows in the Mediterranean» : European Parliament Resolution

The plenary assembly of the European Parliament has adopted on Wednesday (23 October 2013) the resolution “Migratory flows in the Mediterranean, with particular attention to the tragic events off Lampedusa”.

The European Parliament has voted a non-binding resolution in favour of the suspension of the EU Terrorist Finance Tracking Program (TFTP) agreement with the US

On Wednesday 23rd of October, the European Parliament has voted a non-binding resolution in favour of the suspension of the EU Terrorist Finance Tracking Program (TFTP) agreement with the US in response to the US National Security Agency’s alleged tapping of EU citizens’ bank data held by the Belgian company SWIFT.

The LIBE committee of the European Parliament voted on the data protection reform package

On Monday 21st of October, the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) committee of the European Parliament approved the proposed amendments to the Proposal of a general data protection Regulation and of a separate Directive for the law enforcement sector.

The European Parliament adopted Eurosur

On Thursday (10/10/2013) the European Parliament, gathered in Strasbourg, adopted the draft regulation Eurosur, which aims to establish a European border surveillance system. On several occasions, AEDH has expressed concern about the threat of Eurosur to Human rights.

The European Parliament has voted the EU-Armenia Readmission Agreement

This morning, the MEPs have adopted the EU-Armenia visa facilitation agreement and readmission agreement, the latter threatening migrant’s rights and democracy in Europe. AEDH is disappointed to find that the European Parliament, gathered in Strasbourg, has not taken into account its position on this issue.

The European Parliament adopted a resolution on the situation of fundamental rights in the European Union (2010 - 2011) (2011/2069(INI)) - 12 December 2012

On December 12th, 2012, the European Parliament adopted in plenary session the resolution (2011/2069(INI)) on the situation of fundamental rights in the European Union (2010 - 2011) .

The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights presents it 2011 annual report: "Fundamental rights: challenges and achievments in 2011" - 20 June 2012

The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) presented to the European Parliament its 2011 annual report.

The European Parliament publishes a study called “Main trends in the recent case law of the EU Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights in the field of fundamental rights” - April 2012

At the end of April, the European Parliament published a study called “Main trends in the recent case law of the EU Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights in the field of fundamental rights”.

The Commission publishes its legislative proposals related to the reform of the EU data protection framework - 25 January 2012

Today, the European Commission published the expected legislative proposals related to the reform of the EU data protection legislative framework, in other words, the reform of the Directive 1995, the most important EU legislative tool in the field of data protection.

The European Commission reasserts the need of an enhanced solidarity of EU members States in the field of asylum - 2 November 2011

The European Commission published, on November 2nd 2011, a communication in which it points out measures it will propose as to improve solidarity between member States when it comes to asylum.

The new agreement on passengers name record (PNR) between the EU and the USA is published - 17 November 2011

On November 17th 2011, the European Union and the United States have initialled a new agreement on the transfer of air passengers’ data for flights from the EU to the US. If adopted by the European Parliament and EU Member States in the Council of Ministers, the new agreement on Passenger Name Records (PNR) will replace the current agreement from 2007, improving data protection whilst providing an efficient tool to fight serious transnational crime and terrorism.

The European Commission publishes a Green paper on the right to family reunification of third country nationals living in the European Union - 15 November 2011

The European Commission published, on November 15th 2011, a Green paper on the right to family reunification of third country nationals living in the European Union, following the implementation of the Directive 2003/86/EC.

The Commission releases its Communication related to "Smart Borders" - 4 November 2011

The European Commission published on October 25th 2011 a communication entitled "Smart borders – options and the way ahead".

3111th session of the Council of the European Union Justice and Home Affairs - 22 and 23 September 2011

The 3111th session of the Council of the European Union - JUSTICE and HOME AFFAIRS - will take place on 22 September (10.00) and 23 September (10.00), in the Justus Lipsius Building, Brussels, under the chair of Mr Jerzy MILLER, Polish Minister for the Interior, and Mr Krzysztof KWIATKOWSKI, Polish Minister for Justice.

Agenda of the parliamentary committee Civil liberties, justice and home affairs (LIBE) - 19 September 2011

The Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) is in charge of most of the legislation and democratic oversight for policies linked to the transformation of the European Union in the area of freedom, security and justice (AFSJ) (art. 3 TEU). These policies are intertwined with the implementation of the Charter of Fundamental Rights in EU territory and with the strengthening of European Citizenship.

Agenda of the parliamentary committee Civil liberties, justice and home affairs (LIBE) - 31 August 2011

The Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) is in charge of most of the legislation and democratic oversight for policies linked to the transformation of the European Union in the area of freedom, security and justice (AFSJ) (art. 3 TEU). These policies are intertwined with the implementation of the Charter of Fundamental Rights in EU territory and with the strengthening of European Citizenship.

Find out the major results of the EP plenary session of July - 8 July 2011

The European Parliament adopted, at its plenary session of July, several legislative resolutions on topics AEDH is working on.

European Council conclusions of June 23rd and 24th - 28 June 2011

Representatives of EU member States gathered on June 23rd and 24th at the occasion of a European Council.

Find out the results of the last plenary session of the EESC - 15 and 16 June 2011

At its 472nd plenary session, the European Economic and Social Committee adopted opinions which concern one or several themes of work of AEDH.

Agenda of the parliamentary committee Civil liberties, justice and home affairs (LIBE) - 15 and 16 June 2011

The Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) is in charge of most of the legislation and democratic oversight for policies linked to the transformation of the European Union in the area of freedom, security and justice (AFSJ) (art. 3 TEU). These policies are intertwined with the implementation of the Charter of Fundamental Rights in EU territory and with the strengthening of European Citizenship.

Agenda of the Parliamentary Committee Employment and Social affairs (EMPL) - 15 and 16 June 2011

The EMPL committee is responsible for employment policy and all aspects of social policy such as working conditions, social security and social protection; health and safety measures at the workplace; the European Social Fund; vocational training policy, including professional qualifications; the free movement of workers and pensioners; social dialogue; all forms of discrimination at the workplace and in the labour market except those based on sex.

Fundamental Rights Agency annual report - 15 June 2011

The Fundamental Rights Agency of the EU (FRA) published, on June 15th 2011, its annual report on challenges and achievements regarding human rights in the European Union in 2010.

3096th session of the Council of the European Union Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) - 9 and 10 June 2011

The 3096th session of the Council of the European Union - JUSTICE and HOME AFFAIRS - will take place on Thursday 9 (10.00) and Friday 10 June (10.00) 2011, in the Conference Centre - FIL, 5, rue Carlo Hemmer, Luxembourg, under the chair of Mr Sándor PINTÉR, Minister for the Interior, and Mr Tibor NAVRACSICS, Minister for Justice.

CJUE reminds that no undocumented migrants should be detained under the Return directive - 28 April 2011

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) decided, on April 28th 2011, that prison term does not respect the 2008 “Return” European directive when irregular stay is the only motive.

EDPS is concerned about PNR proposal - 25 March 2010

On 25 March 2011, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) adopted an opinion on a new Commission’s proposal to oblige airline carriers to provide EU Member States with personal data on passengers (Passenger Name Record - PNR) entering or departing from the EU for the purpose of fighting serious crime and terrorism. Such data may include, for example, home address, mobile phone number, frequent flyer information, email address and credit card information.

The Commission presents its reform on EU state aid rules on Services of General Economic Interest - March 23rd 2011

The Commission issued on March 23rd 2011 a Communication on the application of EU State Aid rules on Services of General Economic Interest (COM(2011)146) aimed at lauching a debate on the future modification of the so-clled "Altmark package", the package on state aids.

900. The EU issues its legislation on the Citizens’ Initiative - March 23rd 2011

The Treaty on European Union (TEU) reinforces citizenship of the Union and enhances further the democratic functioning of the Union by providing, inter alia, that every citizen is to have the right to participate in the democratic life of the Union by way of a European citizens’ initiative. That procedure affords citizens the possibility of directly approaching the Commission with a request inviting it to submit a proposal for a legal act of the Union for the purpose of implementing the Treaties similar to the right conferred on the European Parliament under Article 225 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) and on the Council under Article 241 TFEU.

The European Parliament commits itself for a European statutes for associations, foundations and mutual societies - 10 March 2011

The European Parliament adopted, on Thursday March 10th 2011, a Written declaration on establishing European Statutes for associations, foundations and mutual sociaties. This declaration was supported by 5 Members of the European Parliament and, thanks to the efforts of these members and civil society organisations, it was signed by a majority of MEPs and therefore became an official act of the European Parliament. The declaration will now be passed to the European Commission, the Council and the governments and parliaments of Member States.

The Council of the European Union approves a series of conclusions over personal data protection field: it calls for a comprehensive approach – 25 February 2011.

The European Council, taking into considerations the Communication from the Commission, confirms its involvement concerning data protection in the European Union, enhancing the need for a particular comprehensive approach.

The European Commission adds another stone to its general system of control : she issues a new proposal for a European PNR system - 2 February 2011

The European Commission issued its new proposal for a directive on the use of Passenger Name Record data for the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of terrorist offences and serious crime. In other words, this is a proposal for a directive to regulate the collect of PNR data at the European level.

The EDPS reminds the importance of the respect of private life in the fight for more and more security - 17 December 2010

On 17 December 2010, the EDPS issued an opinion on the Commission’s communication on the EU’s Internal Security Strategy which aims at targeting the most urgent security threats facing Europe, such as organised crime, terrorism, cybercrime, the management of EU external borders and civil disasters.

The negociations on the "working time" Directive start again - 12 January 2011

The Communication from the European Commission on reviewing of the working time directive published on 21 December 2010, concerns the second consultation of the social partners, after the first consultation that took place during spring 2010.

19 October 2010 - Last and final comment in the Roma case, the Commission gives up

The European Commission decided to launch at the end of September, infringement proceedings against France for failure to transpose the directive on free movement of EU citizens in the EU, only if France did not propose measures for the effective transposition of the said Directive before October 15th, 2010.

19 October 2010 - A strategy for the implementation of the Charter of Fundamental Rights by the EU

The European Commission presented on October 19th 2010, its strategy for the implementation of the Charter of Fundamental Rights. This strategy is aimed at effectively implementing the Charter in all EU member States. Indeed, this Charter is supposed to be legally binding since the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty. Something that is far from being done yet.

19 October 2010 - The EDPS questions the necessity and the proportionality of PNR data transfers to third countries

The EDPS welcomes the European Commission’s communication on PNR (Passenger Name Records) data which proposes to adopt a global and horizontal approach on the issue of PNR data transfers to third countries. However, the EDPS is still concerned about the necessity and proportionality of the foreseen measures.

6 October 2010 - A voluntary European quality framework for social services

The European Protection Committee encourages, through this document, the Member States and the European Union to propose a common definition of social services of general interest (SSGI) to ensure access to quality SSGI and to ensure a balanced cost-effectiveness report for social welfare services.

5 October 2010 - The European Commission presents its plan to amend the legislative framework for data protection

The European Commission unveiled its Communication for a new Data Protection Directive, which has been given the name of "A comprehensive strategy on data protection in the European Union". This Communication is intented to be the first step in revising the 1995 Directive as to meet new challenges emerging from new technologies such as social networking.

14 September 2010 - The European Commission launches an infrigement action against France for violation of EU law

The European Commission finally reacted today, Tuesday, September 14th 2010, to Roma deportations occuring in France since August 2010.

09 September 2010 - The European Parliament votes a resolution on the situation of Roma in Europe

In its resolution of September, 9th 2010, the European Parliament calls on the immediate stop of Roma deportations for France, as well as for other EU member States. This resolution, submitted by the groups S&D, Greens, GUE/NGL and ALDE, has been accepted by the MEPs with 337 for and 245 against the resolution.

25 August 2010 - The European Commission reacts to Romas’ deportations troughout Europe

After several weeks without any real reaction from the European Union after Romas’ deportations in some EU member States, the EU Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental rights and Citizenship, Madam Viviane Reding, declared "I expect that all Member States respect the commonly agreed EU rules on free movement, non-discrimination and the common values of the European Union, notably the respect for fundamental rights, including the rights of people belonging to minorities.".

3 August 2010 - The European Commission publishes the EURODAC annual report 2009

The European Commission published on August, 3rd 2010, the report of EURODAC, the database used to determine the State in charge of the examination of an asylum request under the Dublin II Regulation. One of the key figures of the report is the increase of 8% of the asylum requests made in the EU between 2008 and 2009.

18 May 2010 - The European Data protection Supervisor (EDPS) issued an opinion on the revision of FRONTEX’s mandate

On Monday, the European Data protection Supervisor (EDPS) issued an opinion on the European Commission’s proposal to strengthen the operational capabilities of the European Agency for cooperation at external EU borders, FRONTEX. The opinion focuses on the growing tasks of the agency as envisaged by the proposal and their consequences for data protection.

6 May 2010 - The European citizens’ initiative

The Lisbon Treaty introduced a new form of public participation in European Union policy shaping, called the European Citizens’ Initiative. It formalizes the participatory democracy that completes representative democracy, but it does not replace it. It enables citizens who are nationals of a significant number of Member States to directly call on the European Commission to bring forward an initiative of interest to them in an area of EU competence.

10 March 2010 - European Parliament adopts resolution on the ACTA agreement

The AEDH welcomes the adoption by the European Parliament of its resolution of 10 March 2010 on the transparency and state of play of the ACTA negotiations.

4 March 2010 - EDPS warns about the potential incompatibility of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement with EU data protection regime

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) adopted the opinion in which he is “concerned as regards a potential incompatibility between envisaged measures and data protection requirements” concerning the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), secretly negotiated between different States, which includes the United States and the European Union.

March 2010 - The European Parliament resumes its work on asylum package

The European Parliament committee on civil liberties, justice and home affairs is currently working on two recast proposals, one on the 2004 “asylum qualification” directive, the other on the 2005 “asylum procedures” directive. The recast of these texts takes place within the framework of the “asylum package” aiming to harmonize Member States’ practices and to build the Common European Asylum System. Several other measures belonging to this package were adopted by the European Parliament in May 2009.

4 February 2010 - The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights has presented an issue paper on "the criminalisation of migration in Europe"

“Criminalising the irregular entry and presence of migrants in Europe corrodes established international law principles and causes many human tragedies without achieving its purpose of genuine control” said Thomas Hammarberg, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights.

3 February 2010 - The "SWIFT affair"

On 30 November 2009, the Council of the European Union has signed a temporary agreement between the EU and the USA on the processing of Financial Messaging Data from the European Union to the United States for purposes of the Terrorist Finance Tracking Program. The agreement was signed on the eve of the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty. It temporarily avoids the co-decision procedure; however its implementation, on 1 February 2010 for a 9-month duration, requires the vote of an assent by the European Parliament. The Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs will be asked to give its opinion on 4 February. In case of a positive vote, the assent will be asked during the plenary session of the European Parliament, probably on 9 February.

1 January 2010 - The Programme for the Spanish Presidency of the Council of the European Union (1 January-30 June 2010)

Spain takes on the Presidency of the Council of the European Union on January 1st, 2010.

27 November 2009 - Council of the EU : 18 month programme of the Council, prepared by the future Spanish, Belgian and Hungarian Presidencies.

This document sets out the combined programme of the Spanish, Belgian and Hungarian Presidencies covering the period January 2010 to June 2011. It is presented in two parts. The first part contains the strategic framework for the programme, setting it in a wider context, and specifically within the perspective of more long-term objectives running into the subsequent three Presidencies. The second part constitutes the operational programme setting out the issues which are expected to be covered during the 18 month period.

24 November 2009 - Commission Working Document, Consultation on the future "EU 2020" strategy

13 November 2009 - Draft report on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and the Council amending the Convention implementing the Schengen Agreement and Regulation as regards movement of persons with a long-stay visa

10 November 2009 - New FRA report launched on Roma migration and freedom of movement

The Fundamental Rights Agency of the European Union (FRA) releases a new report on “the situation of Roma EU citizens moving and settling in other EU Member States”.

30 October 2009 - Presidency conclusions of the European Council (October, 29th-30th 2009)

On October, 29th and 30th, the European Council brought together the heads of State or government of the European Union. They defined the general political guidelines for the European Union.

20 October 2009 - FRA presents a new report on the housing conditions of Roma and Travellers in the European Union

The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) publishes a new report, which gives evidence that Roma and Travellers are strongly disadvantaged in private and social housing throughout the European Union. They face discrimination in access to housing, poor housing conditions, segregation, and forced evictions. Many Roma are unaware that laws exist to prohibit their discrimination. The FRA report highlights shortcomings, but also good practices across the EU.

1 July 2009 - Council of Europe: Recommendation on the implementation of the right to housing

The expression ‘right to housing’ may be considered to refer to a cluster of more specific rights related to adequate housing and living conditions but, in general terms, it may be defined as ‘the right to live somewhere in security, peace and dignity’. In this document, the commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe Thomas Hammarberg, addresses a number of recommendations to member states aimed at designing better housing policy and practice.

25 June 2009 - Publication of the work programme of the Swedish Presidency of the Council of the EU

In a week, Sweden takes over the Presidency of the EU. Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt presented on 23 June the work programme for Sweden’s six months in the EU driving seat. It is firstly a question of leading the EU through the financial and economic crisis, dealing with unemployment in Europe and continuing the work to tackle climate change.

24 June 2009 - The EU Fundamental Rights Agency released its annual report

The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) has released its annual report 2009. The report covers information, events and developments in the EU for the year 2008. It supplies material under the heading of ‘racism, xenophobia and related intolerance’ and adds to this, an overview of developments in a range of other fundamental rights areas, consistent with the Agency’s mandate.

12 June 2009 - Publication of the Stockholm Program

The Stockholm Programme is to define the framework for EU police and customs cooperation, rescue services, criminal and civil law cooperation, asylum, migration and visa policy for the period 2010–2014. It will replace the present programme, The Hague Programme adopted in 2004, which will expire in 2009.

9 June 2009 - Council conclusions on inclusion of the Roma

The Employment, Social policy, health and Consumer Affairs Council has adopted conclusions on inclusion of the Roma.

June, 5th 2009 - The Swedish EU Council website is now open

The Swedish EU Council Presidency website is now open.Sweden is getting set to take over the Presidency of the Council of the EU which means that from July, 1st until the end of the year, Sweden will lead the work of the EU Council. Starting today, you can follow the agenda of the Swedish Presidency on the website: se2009.eu.

June, 2nd 2009 - Publication of the Council of the Europe Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI)’s annual report

The Council of Europe’s European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) released on June 2nd, its annual activity report for 2008. This Annual Report describes ECRI’s main activities in 2008 and also highlights the main trends with regard to the presence of racism, xenophobia, antisemitism and intolerance across Europe.

May, 28th 2009 - FRA : New report examines discrimination against Muslims

The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) today released a report on discrimination against Muslims in the EU. The results for Muslim respondents indicate similarly high levels of discrimination and victimisation as for other minority groups surveyed. Many racist incidents are not reported to the police or to any other organisation. Knowledge of anti-discrimination legislation is low, and there is a lack of trust in complaints mechanisms

May, 26th 2009 - Council of Europe Commission against Racism and Intolerance: Publication of new reports on Belgium, Germany and Slovakia

The Council of Europe’s European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) released on May, 26th, three new reports examining racism, xenophobia, antisemitism and intolerance in Belgium, Germany and Slovakia. These new reports form part of a fourth monitoring cycle of the Council of Europe member states’ laws, policies and practices aimed at combating racism.

May, 25th 2009 - Council of the EU: Adoption of the "EU Blue Card"

The Council of the European Union adopted yesterday a directive aimed at facilitating conditions of entry and residence in the EU of third-country citizens for the purpose of highly qualified employment. The directive creates a fast-track procedure for issuing a special residence permit called the ”EU Blue Card”.

May, 25th 2009 - Council of the EU: Adoption of the "Sanctions directive"

The Council of the European Union adopted yesterday a directive aimed at fighting irregular immigration by prohibiting the employment of irregularly staying third-country nationals, laying down minimum common standards on sanctions to be applied in the EU member States against employers who infringe that prohibition. It follows an agreement at first reading under the Parliament-Council co-decision procedure.

May, 7th 2009 - European Parliament: Adoption of the "Asylum package"

The European Parliament has adopted during its Plenary Session in Strasbourg, on Thursday May 7th, a package of measures concerning the EU asylum system works.

April, 22nd 2009 - FRA: European Minorities and Discrimination Survey (EU-MIDIS)

The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) releases results of the first ever EU-wide survey on immigrant and ethnic minority groups’ experiences of discrimination and racist crimes.

April, 2nd 2009 - European Parliament: Adoption of the consultation report by Kathalijne Buitenweg (Greens/EFA, NL) on the “anti-discrimination” directive

On April, 2nd 2009, the European Parliament has adopted the consultation report by Kathalijne Buitenweg (Greens/EFA, NL) on the “anti-discrimination” directive put forward by the European Commission, by 360 votes in favour and 227 against. The directive is intended to reduce discrimination on grounds of religion or belief, age, disability or sexual orientation, whether direct or indirect, and whether based on real or presumed criteria.

March, 12th 2009 - European Parliament: Adoption of the report concerning the social situation of the Roma and their improved access to the labour market during the plenary session in Strasbourg

The motion for a resolution of the European Parliament concerning the social situation of the Roma and their improved access to the labour market in the EU has been adopted on March, 11th 2009 during the plenary session in Strasbourg. The report has been written by the MEP Magda Kósáné Kovács.

March, 11th 2009 - European Parliament: Adoption of the report on the future of the European Common Asylum System during the plenary session in Strasbourg

The report on the future of the European Common Asylum System has been passed on the plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg. This report has been written by the MEP Giusto Catania.

March, 9th 2009 - European Commission: Report on equality between women and men

At the request of the European Council, the European Commission reports each year on progress towards gender equality and presents challenges and priorities for the future. This report released on February, 27th 2009 addresses the challenges and the policy responses for removing barriers to women’s and men’s full participation in the labour market. It also addresses the importance of correcting the gender imbalance in decision-making, a major issue at a moment when it is planned to change the composition of decision-making structures at EU level.

March, 2nd 2009 - ECRI: 4th reports on racism and intolerance in Europe

The Chair of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), Ms Eva Smith Asmussen, has announced the 24th of February the release of the first three reports of ECRI’s fourth round of country monitoring work, examining racism and intolerance in Europe.

February, 27th 2009 - Council of the European Union: JHA Conclusions

The Justice and Home Affairs Council of the European Union was held on the 26th and the 27th of February in Brussels. Debates focused notably on the Second generation of the Schengen Information System “SIS II”, the creation of the European Asylum Support Office, illegal immigration in the Mediterranean region and on the implementation of e-Justice.

February, 18th 2009 - Council of Europe: Recommendation on systematic work for implementing human rights at the national level

The Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe, M. Thomas Hammarberg, released on the 18th of February, a “recommendation on systematic work for implementing human rights at the national level”.

January 2009 - ECHR: annual report

July, 10th 2008 - Call on the European Parliament for the voting right of Latvian non-citizens

Join the initiative lanched by the MEP Tatjana Zdanoka to call on the EP for the voting right of Latvian non citizens

May, 28th 2008 - Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE): Report on a visit to closed detention centres for asylum seekers and immigrants in Belgium

The report, written by Giusto Catania (GUE/NGL), was adoptes on 28th May 2008 by the LIBE Committee after a long debate.

May, 16th 2008 - EDPS : 2007 annual report

The EDPS is an independent supervisory authority devoted to protecting personal data and privacy and promoting good practice in the EU institutions and bodies.
This last report resumes the third year of activities since the EDPS was created.

May, 6th 2008 - The European Parliament has been granted more power on the issue of immigration

In the case law C-133/06 opposing the European Parliament and the Council, the Court of Justice decided yesterday in favour of the European Parliament.

March, 12th 2008 - EESC: Opinion on the green paper "the future common European asylum system"

COM(2007) 301 final 12 March 2008

January 2008 - EUROPOL to become a EU agency

The Council reached political agreement on a decision establishing European Police Office, Europol for short. Once that decision is formally adopted, Europol will become a Community agency. The change of status will significantly improve the operational and administrative functioning of Europol.

January 2008 - Council of the European Union: The Slovenian Presidency

The Presidency is held by each Member State in turn for a period of six months.

Sans titre

LDH Belgium released its report on the state of human rights in Belgium for the year 2016

19 April 2017 - The fight for freedoms and human rights is a permanent social struggle. The Belgian French-speaking League for Human Rights takes stock of the state of human rights in Belgium. In this report, the news which has occurred in 2016 are highlighted from the point of view of human rights, citizens mobilisations and social movements.

Hungarian Helsinki Committee - Discriminatory measures against independent NGOs in Hungary !

18 April 2017 – Our member, the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, is fiercely protesting against the draft law, introduced by the Hungarian government, compelling foreign-funded NGOs to register with authorities and to present themselves as such to the public. If they refuse to comply, organisations will be fined and eventually dissolved by the court.

Asociata Pro Democratia (Romania) - The integrity issue at the heart of the debate

11 April 2017 – This month, our Romanian member, the Association for Democracy (Asociata Pro Democratia – APD) put integrity issues at the heart of the debate by organising a discussion and an art competition for the Romanian Youth.

Associazione di Promozione Sociale (ARCI), Italy - ARCI celebrated its 60th anniversary !

7 April 2017 – For 60 years now, our Italien member, the Associazione di Promozione Sociale (ARCI) has been campaigning for the respect of social justice, human rights, peace and democracy. To celebrate this major event, the association organised a conference in Rome entitled “Democracy overcame the crisis. ARCI, the left groups and the democracy”.

Action for Equality, Support, Antiracism (KISA), Cyprus - Dignity, not detention !

7 April 2017 – While the European Court of Human Rights condemned the Cypriot government for its ineffective response regarding inhuman treatment during the expulsion of a Kenyan migrant, KISA calls for dignity and the preservation of human rights to restore justice.

Call for solidarity : LDH France says yes !

23 March 2017 – Solidarities should shape the government decision-making process in the next five-years. That is why the French League for Human Rights supports the call for solidarity. More than 80 non-governmental organisations have decided to raise their voices and encourage those who are dreaming of generosity and solidarity to join them.

LDH Belgium has recently published a study on ethnic profiling

13 March 2017 – At a time when « ethnic » profiling raises questions, there is still very little information on this topic. The study released by the Belgian French-speaking League for Human Rights seeks to fill this gap by giving a voice to those primarily concerned, namely individuals which are controlled.

ILMR calls for action against executions of Iran’s youth

10 March 2017 – Reaffirming its commitment to the abolition of the death penalty, the German NGO the International League for Human Rights (ILMR) calls on the German federal government to take measures to put an end to the practice of executing minors in Iran.

KISA and other NGOs sign a Memorandum for Cooperation with the Police to promote human rights

9 March 2017 – A Memorandum for Cooperation to protect and promote human rights was signed between the Cyprus Police and 12 Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), including KISA.

The Flemish League for Human rights and its partners grant Facebook with the “Big Brother Award”

12 October 2016 – Every year a person, a company, a government agency or a measure is awarded by the “prestigious” Big Brother Award. Who won this shameful price of biggest privacy-offender of the year?

CETA : French Human Rights League LDH calls on the Parliament to reject the agreement

12 October 2016 – LDH firmly stands against the process of provisional application of CETA, the free trade agreement between EU and Canada. The association expresses its strong opposition to the introduction by arbitration courts by the agreement.

The Hungarian Helsinky Committee (HHC) in a common statement of 22 NGOs is protesting against the inhuman politics of the Hungarian government against refugees

26 September 2016 - The Hungarian government has unleashed a xenophobic hate campaign ahead of the refugee referendum on October 2.

The Flemish League for Human rights and its partners hand out the “Big Brother Award”

26 September 2016 - Every year a person, an enterprise, a government agency or a measure is awarded the “prestigious” Big Brother Award. This award is named after the character in George Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984).

French Human Rights League co-initiates a petition "stop to multinational companies’ impunity"

12 September 2016 - The French Human Rights League (LDH) in collaboration with other French associations has launched a petition encouraging France and the European Union to support the establishment of a UN treaty on the respect of human rights by multinational companies.

APDHA (Asociacíon Pro Derechos Humanos de Andalucía) denounces the conditions of detention in Spain

APDHA denounces acts of ill-treatments and torture committed in prisons in Andalusia, and in Spain more broadly, and supports the request of the Denfensor del Pueblo for an in-depth investigation.

LDH France criticises the extension of the State of Emergency

On 21 July, the French Parliament voted the extension of the State of Emergency. LDH criticises this measure that is ineffective and dangerous for fundamental freedoms and the rule of law.

The Hungarian Helsinki Committee analyses and denounces Hungarian asylum legislation’s incompatibility with EU law

On 14 July, the Hungarian Helsinki Committee published an analysis to denounce the violation of International and EU law by newly adopted legislation on migration and asylum in Hungary.

LIDU offers its support to the wife of the Nigerian refugee murdered during a racist aggression

On 7 July, LIDU published a letter to support the wife of the Nigerian refugee Emmanuel Chidi Namdi, beaten to death during a racist aggression.

Open Republic denounces the increased number of hate speeches in Poland

On 7 July the vice president of Open Republic denounced the increase of manifestations of hate speeches and hate acts in Poland without adequate response of the competent authorities.

Romania : dysfunctions observed in local elections

9 June 2016 - Local elections of the public administration took place in Romania on the 5th of June. The APD (Asociatia Pro Democratia) has mobilized 800 observers for these elections, to make sure that the law is applied correctly and respected by the different institutional actors, politicians and by the civil society. Some dysfhunctions have been observed.

Belgium : strikes in prisons, living conditions denounced by the IOP (International Observatory of Prisons)

9 June 2016 - The International Observatory of Prisons (IOP) denounced the implementation of a modification in labour, which is not defined precisely, but that leads the IOP to think that it could have an impact on the working time in prisons. The indifference of Belgian authorities regarding this unique crisis has shocked the IOP. The IOP regrets the lack of means implemented to guarantee the living conditions of the prisoners.

Poland: New CSO initiative to monitor changes to legislation made by parliament and government administration

30 April 2016 - The Citizens Observatory for Democracy is a joint initiative of non-governmental organisations, supported by AEDH member Open Republic, keeping track of changes to legislation made by parliament and government administration and the reactions from civil society organisations, legal professionals and citizen groups.

Big Brother Awards 2016 in Germany

22 April 2016 - The “winners” of this year’s BigBrotherAwards in Germany are the interior secret service, Generali insurance, change.org, IBM Germany and BVG.

Linky, a communicating meter that tells a lot on our privacy

19 April 2016 - In 2012, in order to implement a European directive on end-use efficiency and energy services, France decided to replace all electricity meters by new meters called “Linky”, which are able to communicate information directly to an EDF plant without any intervention of its staff. LDH criticises the invasion of privacy caused by the gathering of many data on users by Linky.

State of emergency : freedoms under threat

14 April 2016 - The Human Rights League of Luxembourg is extremely concerned with the consequences of the inclusion of the state of emergency in the constitution and wishes that considerably more effective guarantees are included in the text than those currently envisaged in order to avoid any risk of putting in danger the democratic system and citizens’ rights.

The Belgian League of Human Rights condemns the cowardly and blind violence that has scarred Brussels

22 March 2016 - The Belgian League of Human Rights expresses position and emotion about the events in Brussels

The Luxembourgish League of Human Rights criticizes the proposed revision of the constitutional provision on state of emergency

Luxembourg, 14 March 2016 – The state of emergency situation is provided under article 32 paragraph 4 of the Constitution since 2004. In January 2016, a proposal for revision was submitted to the State Council. In its recommendation, the Luxembourgish League of Human Rights alerts to the risks for the respect of fundamental rights, a balanced separation of powers and the rule of law.

Asociación Pro Derechos Humanos de Andalucia (APDHA) asks for the release of the Seville firefighters detained in Lesbos

15 January 2016 - APDHA denounces the arbitrary detention of three Sevillian firefighters and two Danish volunteers by the Greek authorities who accuse them of being involved in human trafficking. The three firefighters had co-founded an association to help the refugees and are now held as criminals.

The Belgian League of Human Rights (LDH) denounces the negative impact of austerity measures on the social reintegration of prisoners

11 January 2016 - Saint-Gilles Prison : for 5 months detainees have been deprived of their access to activities normally dedicated to facilitate their reintegration into society. LDH denounces the cuts in the budget of Justice that affect 136 field workers (social workers, criminologists, psychologists, teachers and workshop facilitators) and deprive 720 detainees of the exercise of some of their fundamental rights.

Associazione Ricreativa e Culturale Italiana (ARCI) denounces the disrespect of asylum laws in the Lampedusa Hot Spots which treat refugees as criminals

07 January 2016 - ARCI denounces the hypocrisy of the European Union and the Italian government towards migrants, who are entitled to apply for asylum, but receive no explanation on how to ask for it and do not benefit from legal assistance services.

Liga für Menschenrechte publishes its report on the situation of human rights in 2015 in Austria

30 December 2016 - The Austrian League for the Defence of Human Rights condemns the discrimination persons with disabilities and LGBTI people had to face in 2015. It also denounces the flaws of the asylum system in Austria and the violations of human rights that result from it.

The French Human Rights League (LDH) denounces the abuse of power by French authorities during the state of emergency

17 December 2016 - Following the attacks of 13 November 2015, the state of emergency was declared in France and then extended for a period of three months. According to the association, over 2600 intrusions were conducted in homes, mosques, shops. Often violent, they constitute a major constraint on the freedom of individuals and can have a destructive impact on their personal or professional situation.

LDH published the 15th number (September-November 2015) of its "Human rights in Central and Eastern Europe" letter

15 December 2015 - This publication is the result of the work of activists that aims to deepen and disseminate political, social and economic developments affecting Europe, particularly in the former socialist countries, but not only.

KISA - Action for Equality, Support and Antiracism expresses its concern towards the undignified living conditions of migrants on the island

15 December 2015 - The Association KISA deplores once again the living conditions of migrants in Cyprus, especially in the camps of Kofinou and Purana. KISA reminds the Cypriot government that the conditions under which migrants are held, only exacerbate the traumatic experiences they might have experienced in the past.

Following the attacks of Paris, the Belgian League of Human Rights (LDH) is questioning the 18 measures taken by the government in order to fight terrorism

09 December 2015 - Among the government’s measures the LDH points out : the excessive increase in the defence budget at the expense of the social budget (that would help in the upstream fight against the rise of extremism), the restriction of free movement at borders, the increase of custody time from 24 to 72 hours, searches 24/24, house arrest with electronic tagging or the implementation of the PNR in the European Union.

On the eve of the International Day for Human Rights, APDHA released a report on the violations of human rights and social exclusion in 2015

09 December 2015 - The 2015 report of APDHA on the violation of human rights and social exclusion addresses four types of social exclusion : prisons, immigration, marginalisation and prostitution. It aims at making a state of play in each area and suggests solutions.

The French League of Human Rights (LDH) reacts to the results of the first round of the regional elections in France

07 December 2015 - Noting with regret the historical level reached by the party Front National (National Front), LDH recalls that the party for which thousands of disillusioned people voted on the 6th of December is repressive and aims at restricting freedom.

The Association KISA denounces the stigmatization of refugees in the media, in a climate of growing fear and tension following the terrorist attacks in Paris

26 November 2015 - KISA deplores the link that some international and Cypriot media are establishing between refugees and terrorists. On the island of Cyprus, the migrants from the base of Dhekelia are the most concerned. Several news have been published recently, of which one commented on the “suspicious” disappearance of five migrants from the camp, linked them directly to terrorist organisations and declared them ’dangerous’ for the inhabitants of the island.

The French Human Rights League (LDH) does not accept that the French government accuses the association No Border to be the source of the clashes between migrants and police in the Calais jungle

17 November 2015 - According to the Government, the association No Border would have prompted migrants to rebel against the security forces, urging them to block the trucks going to England or to refuse alternative accommodation proposals.

Asociacion Pro Derechos Humanos de Andalucia denounces once again the inhuman treatment of migrants in the Detention Centres for Foreigners (CIE) : Las Palmas and Barranco Seco are in the spotlight

06 November 2015 - A decision of the examining magistrate clarifies that the current organisational structure of the Las Palmas CIE does not meet the regulations in force (Law LO 472000 on foreigners and regulation RD 162/2014 on CIE). According to the law in force, the camp must have medical staff, social and cultural assistance and conclude agreements with lawyer associations in order to establish legal aid services.

The Asociacion Pro Derechos Humanos de Andalucia tries to elucidate the reasons for the death of Piotr Piskozub - a young homeless man of the city of Seville - and accuses the wrong hospital diagnosis

03 November 2015 - It has now been two years since Piotr Piskozub died in the shelter where he spent the night after he went out of the hospital in Seville on 02 October 2013. The medico-legal autopsy indicates that he suffered from tuberculous pneumonia, kidney and liver diseases, and that his body weight was only 12,6kg / m2. How could the hospital not realise the seriousness of his case a few hours only before his death ?

Asociación Pro Derechos Humanos de Andalucía (APDHA) supports the government’s bill on the treatment of homeless people in hospitals

20 October 2015 - APDHA wishes to share its satisfaction regarding the adoption of a bill on the opening of a 24/24 medical emergency unit in hospitals. The opening of these units would guarantee that people in need also get social care while in recovery.

Associazione Ricreativa e Culturale Italiana (ARCI) supports the reform of the citizenship law in Italy

13 October 2015 - The Chamber of Deputies approves the reform of the law on citizenship, which must now pass the Senate for a second reading. For AEDH and ARCI members, this reform is a first step forward with regard to the extreme rigidity of the Italian government regarding the rights of migrants.

The French League of Human Rights (LDH) launches a joint call to denounce making solidarity a crime regarding the migrants in Calais

08 October 2015 – At Norrent-Fontes, a town near Calais, two shelters for migrants built by the municipality in 2012 burned in spring 2015 in an accidental fire. “Terre d’errance” (The land of wandering), a French local association and some local people undertook to rebuild the shelters but were stopped by the municipal police for so-called “urban” reasons.

The French League of Human Rights (LDH) and other organisations denounce the impunity of some governments’ migrant "management" policies

08 October 2015 - The French LDH, EuroMed Rights, Migreurop, and other organizations stated that the impunity of the Moroccan and Spanish governments on the increasing externalisation of the migrant political "management" must stop.

Asociación Pro Derechos Humanos de Andalucía (APDHA) and Algeciras Acoge require the closure of the Algeciras migrant detention camp

01 October 2015 - The associations Algeciras Acoge and APDHA ask for the closure the Internment Centre for Migrants (CIE) of Algeciras in which the facilities are defective and social assistance is insufficient. They denounce the fact that migrants are treated like criminals, although they have not committed any crime. Indeed, these migrants are deprived of their right to the protection of physical and mental health, legal assistance, information on their situation, privacy, or private communication. The Association of Judges for Democracy also condemns, the freedom of these persons shall in no case be withdrawn as they have not committed any punishable offense. Algeciras, like other Spanish cities such as Madrid, Barcelona or Malaga, is encouraged to declare itself as an "internment camps free city (ICE)", in order to promote the decent treatment of the vulnerable persons seeking a better life in Europe.

In Cyprus, the organization KISA launched a solidarity campaign and requires effective measures and safer routes for Refugees.

11 September 2015 - The majority of refugees who reached the island of Cyprus, one way or another, fail to acquire the refugee status, although international and European conventions allow them to. On September 9, 2015, the organization KISA visited the refugee camp of Kofinou and complained to the Minister of Interior, after noticing the deplorable conditions in which the refugees lived. The latter had recently declared that he would only accept Christian Orthodox refugees on its territory.

The French League of Human Rights (LDH) addresses a joint open letter to the President on September 10, 2015.

On September 10 of 2015, LDH sent a letter to the French President on the subject of the migration crisis, co-signed by French and international associations such as Migreurop, Euromed rights - EMHRN or Médecins du Monde. LDH called the French government to support a general welcoming plan for refugees in all the countries of the European Union. LDH also asks for a suspension of Dublin agreements pending a revision of the text by the European Parliament.

The Belgian League of Human Rights (LDH) organizes a cycle of activities around the theme of the protection of personal data.

10 September 2015 - The Belgian LDH also launches a cycle of activities on the respect of private life throughout the year, with three introductory days in October. The program includes debates, screenings, exhibitions and concerts. During various conferences, the association will address the challenges, opportunities and obstacles that damage private life and the protection of personal data. Because freedom of privacy is guaranteed to all by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Article 12), LDH considers that citizens have to become familiar with their rights, as well as the dangers that are associated to sharing private data, especially in a context of anti-terrorism, fraud, and data-mining.

The Belgian League of Human Rights (LDH) launches a joint awareness campaign on social networks in support of refugees.

10 September 2015 - The Belgian League for Human Rights, Amnesty International, CIRE, the CNCD-11.11.11, Médecins du Monde and other organizations launched a web campaign #RefugeesWelcome #WithOpenArms and set up an online call intended for the Belgian government open to the signature of citizens.

Asociación Pro Derechos Humanos de Andalucia (APDHA) denounces the unconstitutionality of the Citizen Security Law (ley Mordaza) and the ineffectiveness of measures presented by the European Union.

01 September 2015 - Migreurop Spain, of which APDHA is a member, requires an assessment of the migration policy the Spanish government adopted in the coastal region of Ceuta. Spain Migreurop denounces the incompatibility of the new Citizen Security law - with the international Human rights system, making asylum seekers even more vulnerable. The associations of the region also remind the European Union and the Spanish Government that the shift of media attention to the eastern European borders may overshadow the terrible and increasing events occurring daily on Spanish and Italian coasts.

The Internationale Liga für Menschenrechte (re)demands an investigation on mass surveillance on German citizens

14 July 2015 – The German League of Human rights (Internationale Liga für Menschenrechte) and member of AEDH, publishes it response to the German Federal Prosecutor’s decision not open at the moment any investigation on the implication of German authorities in mass surveillance on their own citizens.

KISA finds the poor police protection towards victims of violence shameful

10 July 2015- KISA, organization for the defense of human Rights and AEDH member, condemns the indecisive and hesitating attitude of the police towards violent acts against migrant women in Cyprus.

Spain commits to meliorate its Human rights situation before the UN Human Rights Council, without taking into account all its recommendations

25 July 2015 - The UN Human Rights Council adopted on June 25 its final report ending the second universal periodic review mechanism involving Spain. The Council issued 198 recommendations to meliorate the Human Rights situation on the Spanish soil, but the Iberian Peninsula only accepted to implement 169 : 20 alarming and strongly mediatized situations of human rights’ violations go out of the window.

LDH France is opposed to the huge number of forced evacuations of Roms in France

Close to 4000 forced evacuations of Roms happened in the first semester 2015 in France. More than the evacuation, the seizure of the goods belonging to the dispossessed persons makes their situation even more precarious. Despite the numerous calls from the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) of the UN and by the Commissioner of Human Rights of the Council of Europe Mr Muižnieks, the French authorities keep applying a line of conduct yet infringing the very legislation of the state.

The Austrian League of Human Rights calls the Austrian government to adopt a more Human-Rights-respectful asylum policy

The ÖLMR expresses its concerns regarding the dreadful hosting of asylum seekers in Austria : they must live in terrible conditions, often without shelter, and expecting the validation of their application that will, in the state of things nowadays, never happen.

LDH France Press Release : "Migrants, Greece : Dark times for the Europe we want"

July 1st - Insurgent against the decisions taken by the European institutions regarding Greece and migrants from outside the EU, i.e. ruining a country and harming its citizens by using artificial financial criterias, or by building a European fortress hostile with the exterior whereas the migration of populations is a major part of its history, the Ligue des Droits de l’Homme (France) published this press release.

LDH Belgium Press Release : " TTIP - Why do we ask for a suspension of the negociations ? It is urgent !"

June 23, 2015 - Whereas the negociations of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership are still ongoing, whereas numreous cautions have been put into light, concerning the democratic deficit, the lowreing of standards and the creation of a private justice, the Ligue des Droits de l’Homme (LDH), along numerous other associations, reminds everyone why the fight must continue so the TTIP never comes to achievement.

Internationale Liga für Menschenrechte (ILMR) Press Release : presentation of the 2015 report on Human Rights

May 22, 2015 - The Internationale Liga für Menschenrechte (ILMR) presents its report on the condition of fundamental rights in 2015.

LDH Belgium : the Constitutional Court annuls the Data Retention Act !

June 11th 2015 : This document analyses the directive on data retention regarding its invalidation (a juridical plea, carried by the LDH, the Liga and Nurpa is ongoing) and Belgium’s obligations.

Joint Appeal : No to generalised surveillance !

24 April 2015 – The Observatory of Digital Freedoms (OLN) - whose LDH is a founding member – is calling for a big gathering against the French Intelligence Bill on May 4th 2015 from 18:30, Esplanade des Invalides (Paris). As French MPs will vote this bill on 5th May, the OLN reminds - together with other signatory organisations such as ATTAC or Amnesty International - that this text is a threat to freedom and places the citizens at real risk of intelligence agencies monitoring, almost without any control, and endangers all social and political mobilisations.

No more crocodile tears – Safe access of migrants and refugees to Europe

22 April 2015 – Taking part in the European and global outcry or the appalling loss of life, KISA raises its voice too, condemns EU migratory policy and calls on the EU to, rather than building walls and erecting barbed wires in order to exclude these people from its borders, to rise to the occasion and put the declarations into praxis and to finally take effective action so that we stop being witnessed to such tragedies.

APDHA publishes its annual report « Human Rights at the Southern Border 2015 »

20 April 2015 – The Asociación Pro Derechos Huma¬nos en Andalucía (APDHA) publishes its annual report « Human Rights at the Southern Border 2015 ». This report discusses how European migration policies have turned the Mediterranean Sea into a huge mass grave, denounces human rights infringements taking place on the borders of Ceuta and Melilla and analyses the situation of migrants in Morocco, amongst other things.

No winter break for the slums !

8 April 2015 - Forced evacuations of places of living occupied by Roma people (or people designated as such) continued in France during winter 2015. On average, 110 people were weekly evacuated by the authorities. This number is not as high as in the first quarter of 2014 but the 2015 statistics reveals that the circular of 26 August 2012 – which provides guidance to prefects regarding the accompaniment of evacuation operations of illegal camps – is not applied in the majority of evacuations.

Black day for migrants and for the Belgian migration policy

3 April 2015 – Following the suicides of two people which Belgium had denied the right of residence to, the Belgian League of Human Rights (LDH) reminds that it is high time that Belgian politicians take responsibility for the link between their political choices and the distress they produce.

Cyprus : KISA condemns the participation of the Minister of Labour, Welfare and Social Insurance in the event of the far-right “Institute of Demographic and Migration Policy”

16 March 2015 – At a press conference yesterday, with the presence of the Minister of Labour, Welfare and Social Insurance, the “Institute of Demographic and Migration Policy” presented the “findings” of its study on “unemployment and employment of third-country nationals and European citizens in the Republic of Cyprus”. KISA points out that these findings are utterly devoid of any scientific basis and aim to lend scientific-sounding support to the institute’s xenophobic and racist positions and which put the blame for unemployment and other problems of the economy on the victims instead of on the victimisers.

Latvia : The Latvian Human Rights Committee (LHRC) condemns the annual march in Riga honouring the veterans of Waffen SS Latvian Legion

15 March 2015 – Every year, Latvian veterans who fought in the Waffen SS against the Soviet Army during the Second World War (*) parade through the old town of Riga to national memorial of Liberty to lay flowers. The Latvian Human Rights Committee (LHRC) denounces the celebration of the collaborators often presented as "heroes" by one of the parties in power - the "National Alliance" - whose deputies attend the march every year.

Cyprus : Meeting of KISA with Chief of Police

13 March 2015 - In the framework of cooperation for the creation of a European programme against hate speech, a meeting between representatives of KISA and the Chief of Police, Mr. Zacharias Chrysostomou, took place.

Hungary : Plans adopted by Viktor Orbán’s government as part of its campaign against migrants breach EU asylum law

12 March 2015 - According to our Hungarian member - the Hungarian Helsinki Committee (HHC) -, the plans publicly announced by the Prime minister Viktor Orbán’s government aiming to reduce the number of asylum seekers in the country would not only violate EU law and other international obligations, but would further undermine the country’s obligations with regard to human rights and democracy.

Belgium : The closed centres : Prisons in the shadow of the law … and of the media

6 March 2015 – The Belgian League of Human Rights (LDH) and the organisation CIRÉ (Coordination and Initiatives for Refugees and Foreigners) remain committed to the fight against the existence of the detention centres, and see in the latest developments an additional reason to be vigilant about what is going on out there, behind closed doors.

France : Contradictory Report on ESCR

26 February 2015 - The platform for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR), of which the French Human Rights League (LDH) is a part, published its report on ESCR in France. It underlines the shortcomings in the implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), and addresses recommendations to the national authorities.

Belgium : The League of Human Rights organizes a cycle of activities on the right to privacy from January to December 2015 in Brussels and in Wallonia

In the age of information and participatory web, tastes and colours are not personal business anymore. Instead, they circulate and are exchanged, sometimes "against our will and without our knowledge", for money.

Joint press release Frontexit : Frontex, poison or antidote to the tragedies in the Mediterranean ?

24 February 2015 – As Malta receives millions of Euros to fund maritime border control operations in collaboration with Frontex, members of the FRONTEXIT campaign denounce the security obsession blinding Europe and leading to increasing numbers of deaths.

Belgium : Right to strike, Human right !

23 February 2015 – In the context of the debates concerning the right to strike and the right to work, the Belgian League of Human Rights reminds that there is no democracy without the right to strike, the latter being essential to its proper functioning.

Cyprus : Racist attack and violence against migrant by the police

20 February 2015 - KISA publicly denounces a new incident of racist violence, inhuman and humiliating treatment against a migrant by members of the police.

France : Solidarity night for housing : the call of the presidents of the “Collectif des associations unies”

17 February 2015 - The presidents of the 33 associations of the “Collectif des associations unies”, of which the French Human Rights League is part, have called for a general mobilisation of public authorities and of the society as a whole against poverty and poor quality housing.

Spain : Accusation of policemen involved in El Tarajal case : towards the restoration of the dignity of the victims and their families

12 February 2015 - After one year of stalemate in the investigation on the death of 15 migrants one year ago on the border between Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Ceuta, 16 Guardia Civil police officers involved in the case have been accused by judges from Ceuta.

Cyprus: The rescued Syrian and Palestinian refugees are left on the street

5 February 2015 - Tuesday 3rd of February 2015 was the last day of the refugee camp in Kokkinotrimithia, where since September 25th 2014 hosted the 365 Syrian and Palestinian refugees that were rescued while on a boat near the coast of Cyprus.

France: Measures against terrorism: partial approval, reminder of the principles and total vigilance

23 January 2015 - The French league of human rights (LDH) reminds, in a press release, that "we can effectively fight against terrorism only by preserving the letter and the principle of the rule of law".

Cyprus: KISA calls the government not to abandon the rescued Syrian refugees in the hands of the smugglers

22 January 2015 - The Ministry of Interior in the attempt to stop the function of the camp in Kokkinotrimithia, where Syrian refugees reside which were rescued last September in open waters of Cyprus, proceeded last Saturday with the withdraw of all state services from the camp (Police, Civil Defense, medical services, cooks etc.).

Joint press release: "1995 – 2015 : Thousands of deaths off the coast of Mayotte. The ‘Balladur visa’ kills !"

16 January 2015 - Twenty years after the introduction of the ‘Balladur visa’, which transformed Mayotte into a hostile fortress for most of the people trying to reach it, the signatory organisations have decided to join forces throughout 2015 to ensure that nobody remains ignorant of the consequences of the anti-migration policies led by France and the European Union in the Indian Ocean.

Belgium: Care responsability for unaccompanied minors, the Council of State sets the record straight

15 January 2015 - The Council of State confirms that the Office of the Foreigners, Fedasil and the Guardianship Service for foreign unaccompanied minors of the Ministry of Justice violated the rights of foreign unaccompanied minors by concluding a cooperation agreement regarding their registration.

Greece : Report unveils human rights violations stemming from austerity policy

13 January 2015 - Austerity measures adopted in response to the economic crisis have adversely impacted human rights, such as the rights to work and health, and curtailed fundamental freedoms in Greece, denounce FIDH and its member organisation the Hellenic League for Human Rights (HLHR) in a report released on December 18th 2014.

France: "The Republic hurt"

7 January 2015 - The French League of human rights (LDH) condemns the assassination of twelve poeple in the offices of Charlie Hebdo.

France: "Roma baby: how far will the exclusion go?"

5 January 2015 - In 2012, the Council of State established the right to accommodation as a fundamental freedom. Two years later, there have never been so many homeless people in France, having to sleep in a precarious accommodation or no accommodation at all. Whether they are longstanding homeless, precarious workers or unaccompanied foreign minors, the "115" (emergency shelters) or the hastily open gymnasiums struggle to accomodate them.

Belgium: "Euthanasia of Frank Van Den Bleeken: towards the institutionalization disguised of a new form of death penalty?"

5 January 2015 - A few days before the euthanasia of Frank Van Den Bleeken, the Belgian Human Rights League protests against the silence of the Belgian State in response to the requests of euthanasia introduced by several internees.

Germany: The International League for Human Rights awards the 2014 Carl von Ossietzky Medal to whistleblower Edward Snowden and journalists Laura Poitras and Glenn Greenwald

24 November 2014 - The ILHR will reward Edward Snowden with the Carl von Ossietzky medal in Berlin on 14 December as well as to the journalists having helped him to reveal the biggest world mass surveillance scandal.

Spain: Report of the Asociación Pro Derechos Humanos en Andalucía (APDHA): « Algeria: country of origin, transit and destination. Violations of human rights »

10 December 2014 - The Asociación Pro Derechos Humanos en Andalucía (APDHA) published a report on Algeria and the situation of migration in this country. Algeria is one of the main countries where migrants cross from Africa to Europe, and more particularly from Africa to Spain. These migrants, who want to settle in Algeria or to find a way to reach Europe, are victims of serious violations of their fundamental rights.

France: Contest and die... consequence of the refusal of the democratic confrontation

29 October 2014 - Press release of the French League of Human Rights regarding the death of Rémi Fraisse, an environmental activist killed during a demonstration against the construction of an intake barrage in Sivens, France.

Interview with Dominique Guibert in LDH’s newsletter « Human Rights in Central and Eastern Europe »

20 October 2014 – The French Human Rights’ League published its Newsletter « Human Rights in Central and Eastern Europe », with a dossier on the European elections and an interview of Dominique Guibert, chairman of AEDH.

Hungary: Governmental attacks against Hungarian NGOs discussed at OSCE human rights meeting

23 September 2014 - On the occasion of the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting of the OSCE in Warsaw on September 22, the measures taken by the Hungarian government against the country’s NGOs were discussed. The Hungarian Helsinki Committee, AEDH member, and other Hungarian NGOs presented the steps taken by the government against NGOs and reforms and policies weakening democracy in Hungary.

Belgium: LDH organizes a day of reflection on the future of social rights - September 2014

The Belgian league of human Rights will organize a day of reflection on the future of social rights in Belgium and in Europe on Friday, 10th October 2014.

Belgium: The Liga voor Mensenrechten organizes a Student Award - August 2014

The League will reward a student who wrote an outstanding academic paper on Human Rights.

Italy : Arci organises activities on the topic of antiracism – 28th July 2014

The objective is to take the stock of the political situation of the immigration through seminars, exhibitions and round tables.

Belgium : The League of Human Rights organizes a training on activism – August 2014

The french-speaking Belgian League of Human Rights organizes a first course entitled “Le droit: un outil de militance pour tous” in the framework of its training on activism.

Cyprus : KISA organizes a screening of short documentaries on immigration detention centres followed by a public discussion - July 2014

KISA, our Member from Cyprus, organizes a screening of four short documentaries on immigration detention centres followed by a public discussion in English on the 24th of July in Nicosia.

Spain : APDHA publishes its annual report on immigration “Human Rights at the southern border” – May 2014

Every year, APDHA, our spanish member, publishes its report “Human Rights at the southern border”, aims at giving a global vision of the migration flows management at the EU southern border.

France: Stop the deportation of aliens waiting for medical care! – April 2014

The French league of Human Rights co-signed, on April 17, an article published in Le Monde that denounces the absence of support and the expulsion of foreigners in need of medical care.

Germany: Complaint initiated by the Internationale Liga für Menschenrechte - February 2014

The International League for Human Rights launched a law suit against the secret services and Federal Republic of Germany owing to the mass surveillance by NSA and others.

Belgium: Activities focusing on the access to economic, social and cultural rights

Under the thematic cycle “Le bruit des droits qui craquent”, the Ligue des Droits de l’Homme will offer throughout the year activities focusing on the access to economic, social and cultural rights.

France : Evacuation of Roma to unbearable, unjustifiable, unnecessary and expensive levels

Joint press release of LDH and ERRC reporting a resurgence of forced evictions of Roma families in France throughout 2013.

France: « Against anti-Semitism, French republican principles must prevail »

Statement of the "Ligue des droits de l’Homme" (6/01/2014)

18 December 2013: International Migrants Day

On the occasion of the International Migrants Day, several activities have been organized in the Member States. The International Migrants Day is celebrated on 18 December to commemorate the adoption of the “International convention on the protection of the rights of migrant workers and members of their families” of 18 December 1990. The EU Member States have not yet ratified the convention.

Luxembourg : Exhibition Soñando sueños

On the occasion of the 65th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Luxembourg’s Ligue des Droits de l’Homme has invited the Spanish artist Elpuentea (Carlos Puente) to illustrate the thirty articles of the Declaration.

France: Call for demonstration: « Let’s walk against racism »

Following several acts and words illustrating the resurgence of racism and anti-Semitism in France, the League for Human Rights and other French organisations are calling for demonstration, on November 30th, against racism and to defend the idea of a fraternal, united and mixed-race France where every individual can live in equal dignity.

Spain: "Rights for all"

Right for all: A new information campaign of APDHA on the rights of migrants

Cyprus: Failure to provide protection and safeguard the rights of unaccompanied minors

Santos arrived in Cyprus in October 2004 and his story illustrates the failure of the Cypriot State to provide protection and safeguard the rights of unaccompanied minors

France: “Let’s banish stupidity and cynicism, let’s reject hatred and racism”

Joint statement of the "Ligue de l’enseignement" and the "Ligue des droits de l’Homme" (15/11/2013)

France condemned by the ECtHR for eviction of Travellers

On 17th October, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) ruled against France for the expulsion of a camp of Travellers without providing adequate alternative housing.

Belgium: Manifesto for the support of Roma families

On 16th October, several associations, including the Ligue belge des droits de l’Homme, Médecins du Monde and Ciré called on politicians to sign a manifesto to support Roma families living in the Region of Brussels and in Belgium more generally, to ensure they enjoy their property rights.

France: « Stop the expulsions ! »

The French League for Human rights welcomes and supports the mobilization of the students that are demonstrating today in France to support Leonarda Dibrani and Khatchik Kachatryan.

France: The right to an effective remedy may be at risk

The French League for Human Rights (LDH) asks for the removal from the Decree of 13 August 2013 of the provisions that will deprive labor and social disputes of the benefit of the two-stage procedure.

Member News: The Luxembourg’s League of Human Rights questions political parties

On the eve of the elections of October 20th, the Luxembourg’s League of Human Rights (Action Luxembourg Ouvert et Solidaire) sent a questionnaire to the competing political parties to ask them to take a position regarding the key issues related to the defense of Human Rights and Democracy.

Member News: Call for mobilisation by APDHA

A joint caravane is organised from Tanger to Ceuta (Spain) to pay tribute to the victims of the ‘unjust war’ against migrants at the gates of Europe (5th and 6th October)

87th LDH Congress in Niort, 18 May 2013

On May 18, 2013 in Niort, was held the 87th Congress of the French Ligue des Droits de l’Homme (LDH), on the topic of strategic relations between the social economy and human rights.

The Hungarian Helsinki Committee stands against the amendment of the Fundamental Law

The Hungarian Helsinki Committee stands against the fourth amendment of the Hungarian Fundamental Law, adopted by the Parliament on 11 March 2013.

Open Republic press release against hate and violence - 12 December 2012

Open Republic, Association against Anti-Semitism and Xenophobia calls on all citizens of the Republic of Poland, who cherish the ideals of democracy and freedom, to firmly oppose the more and more frequent manifestations of intolerance, xenophobia, homophobia, anti-Semitism, racism and other forms of exclusion and stigmatization of “others”.

the League for Human Rights publishes its third letter "Human rights in central and oriental Europe" - November 2012

The french League for Human Rights publishes its third letter "Human rights in central and oriental Europe".

KISA writes an open letter to Cyprus’s Ministry of Justice - 23 November 2012

Two years after the attack on the 2010 Rainbow Festival: Justice delayed for victims of racist violence and for KISA’s Executive Director

the HLHR publishes a press release: "Xenios Zeus, the Dorian invasion and the Lernaean Hydra" - September 2012

The Hellenic League for Human Rights publishes a press release entitled "Xenios Zeus, the Dorian invasion and the Lernaean Hydra".

APDHA press release: "Twelve Spanish associations call for a public, universal and free health system for all" - 30 August 2012

The APDHA publishes a press release to call for a public, universal and free health system for all.

The APDHA launches a campaign for the rights of carrier women in Ceuta and Melilla - August 2012

The APDHA launches a campaign that aims at drawing the attention of Spanish, Moroccan and European institutions on the humiliations suffered by the carrier women who transport merchandises through the border between Morocco and Ceuta and Melilla and on the violation of their human rights.

Opinion of ALOS-LDH on the reform of penitentia​ry administra​tion and carrying out of sentences in Luxembourg - May 2012

ALOS-LDH published in May 2012 an opinion about draft bills reforming the penitentiary administration and the carrying out of sentences.

HLHR (Greece): Statement of the Hellenic league - 16 April 2012

The Hellenic league of human rights published on 16 April, 2012, a Statement on various violations of human rights in Greece.

LDH (France): "Save private life! For a true right to object to our personal data computerisation"

The French League of human rights calls to sign the petition "Save private life! For a true right to object to our personal data computerisation".

HLHR (Greece) : the last two press releases of the Hellenic league - 31 January 2012

The first press release, published on January the 30th, deals with the reception of migrants and cases of detention and torture. The second one, also published on January the 30th, tackles the issue of the right to health, and the “constant frivolousness” of governments regarding issues of environmental protection which endanger public health.

ILMR (Germany) : the Human rights league mobilizes in memory of victims of the anzi regime - 27 January 2012

The German International League for Human Rights (Internationalen Liga für Menschenrechte), member of AEDH, gathered with other German association on January 27th 2012 in front of the Museum of History in Berlin, at the occasion of the anniversary of the Auschwitz camp liberation.

Press releases from the Hellenic League of Human Rights - November 2011

Find more about the two last press releases from the Hellenic League of Human Rights.

The Austrian League for Human Rights publishes its annual report on the situation of Human Rights in Austria in 2010

The Czech Helsinki Committee supports Ales Bialiatski, Vice-president of FIDH - 6 November 2011

The Czech Helsinki Committee supports Ales Bialiatski, Vice-president of FIDH, who has been detained in Belarus since August 4th, 2011. The Czech Helsinki Committee calls the civil society organisations and European institutions as well as the Council of Europe to protest against the trial Ales Bialiatski will face and against his detention.

EDRI open letter to Commissioner Cecilia Malmström on the Data retention Directive - 24 October 2011

EDRI (European Digital RIghts) sent an open letter signed by a relatively high number of organisations working on data protection, related to the recast of the Data retention Directive.

LDH (France) : A tramway for Roma people : the Government sinks into disgrace - 2 September 2011

In Saint-Denis, on August 31st, after Roma families from Romania have seen their shantytown evacuated, they were cramed into a tram train by police forces until reaching Noisy-le-Sec station and then, were forced to take the rapid transit train for Paris suburbs which aimed at making them leave the department.

LDH (French-speaking Belgium) : A complaint lodged by the LDH against FEDASIL and Ministers in charge of asylum seekers’ reception - 28 August 2011

LDH joins victims of reception crisis in the complaint they lodged today against FEDASIL as well as against Ministers and State Secretary of Social Integration and Fight against Poverty.

ILMR (Germany) : The international league for Human Rights congratulates peace activists as winners of the Price for Peace 2011 - 24 August 2011

This press release aims at congratulate activists for peace and opponents to weapons exportations as award winners of the Aachen Price for Peace 2011. The price will be awarded this year to Jürgen Grässlin as well as to the « Informationsstelle Militarisierung e.V » association. At the occasion of the award ceremony which will be held on September 1st in Aachen, Rolf Gössner, the Vice-president of the German League, will sing the praises of the winners.

ILMR (Germany): Do not stomp out the search for truth! - 23rd August 2011

Human rights organisations call for monitoring the Oury Jalloh trial at the Regional Court of Magdeburg and condemn the deployment of police against Mouctar Bah, recipient of the Carl von Ossietzky Medal, on 11th August 2011 in the Regional Court of Magdeburg.

CHC (Czech Republic) : Statement on the police intervention in the National Park Sumaya - 7 August 2011

The Czech Helsinki Committee published, on August 7th 2011, a statement in which it points out that police forces do not always act within the law and powers they have been attributed when they intervene in demonstrations, whatever the context.

APDHA (Andalucia) : Report Frontera Sur / Human rights at the Southern border 2010-2011 - 14 July 2011

APDHA (Asociación Pro Derechos Humanos de Andalucía) published its 10th report on irregular migration at the Southern border of Spain, entitled “Derechos humanos en la frontera sur 2010-2011”.

The Austrian Human Rights League coordinates the drafting of the report of the Austrian NGO platform on Human rights - June 2010

The Austrian Human Rights League coordinated the drafting of the report of the Austrian NGO platform on Human rights which brings together 270 NGOs from the country.

APDHA (Andalucia): Petition - European citizenship and voting rights for all residents

AEDH is pleased to inform you about the latest campaign appeal launched by APDHA (Asociación Pro Derechos Humanos de Andalucía). The APDHA plans to petition the Spanish Presidency to support voting rights for all residents, not only citizens, within the EU and to urge the Spanish Prime Minister Zapatero to present this initiative to the European Council, helping to ensure a more democratic and inclusive Europe.

Legal Information Centre for Human Rights (LICHR): Publication of the new book “Chance to Survive: Minority Rights in Estonia and Latvia” - 7 April 2010

The Legal Information Centre for Human Rights is glad to inform you about the new book “Chance to Survive: Minority Rights in Estonia and Latvia” (ed. Vadim Poleshchuk).

Liga Italiana dei Diritti dell’Uomo (LIDU): Press release on the situation of immigrants in Calabria - 21 January 2010

Liga Voor Mensenrechten & Ligue wallonne des Droits de l’Homme - Launching the website "Retain your privacy": Campaign against the Belgian transposition of the European Directive on the retention of data - October, 26th 2009

A wide platform of organisations, including the Flemish League for Human Rights and the Walloon League for Human Rights, has launched a campaign against the Belgian transposition of the European data retention directive.

Internationale Liga für Menschenrechte (ILMR) : Please take action! Refugee Savers at Italian Court - October, 5th 2009

The German Captain Stefan Schmidt, the journalist Elias Bierdel and the first mate Vladimir Daschkewitsch were navigating their ship, the Cap Anamur, towards Basra, Iraq, in 2004 with a load of humanitarian supplies when they spotted a group of 37 refugees lost at sea in an inflatable raft. After ten days at sea, the Cap Anamur landed in Italy and both, Schmidt and Bierdel were arrested. The ship was impounded and the refugees were deported. The Italian government is currently prosecuting both Schmidt and Bierdel and is asking for a four-year prison (4 years!) sentence and 400,000 EUR fine. The International League for Human Rights raises a sharp protest against the attempt of the Italian government to criminalize the humanitarian aid of Captain Schmidt and Elias Bierdel. We call for an EU-wide solidarity with the accused.

APDHA (Andalusia): A call for the respect of Human Rights in borders - September, 21st 2009

At least 14 people lost their lives in Ceuta and Melilla between September and October 2005, trying to cross the border fences. This is in their memory and in memory of all those who perish every day in trying to reach Europe and therefore achieve a life worthy to be lived, that the APHDA is pleased to invite you to the 5th Caravan at the Ceuta border on October, 11th 2009. (Only available in French)

APDHA (Andalucia): A new tragedy at the Cadix Coasts - Press release, June 29th 2009

It has been hardly a month, we regretted the death of 20 people, 4 miles away from Tangier. Today, we have to mention a new tragedy for which we do not know all datas.

Otwarta Rzeczpospolita (Poland) : Hate Speech - April, 2nd 2009

This text has been written by our Polish member league, Otwarta Rzeczpospolita to call on vigilance regarding the raise of hate speeches in Poland. This expression refers to a whole spectrum of negative discourse, stretching from hate or prejudice and inciting to hatred.

APDHA (Andalucia): Press release " March, 21th against racism and discrimination" - March, 20th 2009

Available in Spanish and French

APDHA (Andalucia) : Press release " The conviction for manslaughter by the Cadix provincial hearing of the civil guardsman who had killed a migrant in Tarifa in 2000" - March, 19th 2009

Available in Spanish and French

LDH (France): Press release "Migrants hunting, helping migrants citizens hunting: when humanity becomes a crime" - March, 7th 2009

On February, 25th 2009, in Norrent-Fontes (Pas-de-Calais), 13 migrants from Eritrea and a 59 year-old woman have been arrested; the woman’s house was carried out a search while she was being held up during nine hours for having helped the migrants. (in French)

APDHA (Andalucia): Press release "Faced with the requests to establish life sentences" - February, 24th 2009

Even if it takes into consideration the gravity of the act which has been commited, the profound pain aroused by the loss of a innocent human being and the huge pain for the parents, the APDHA asks to consider all elements before presenting the requests for the institutionalization of the life sentence. (in French and in Spanish)

IDHC (Catalunia) : Round table on the ratification and the implementation in Spain of the Convention on the rights of migrant workers - July, 24th 2008

Institut de Drets Humans de Catalunya (IDHC) : Taula rodona sobre la ratificació i implementació a l’estat espanyol de la Convenció dels drets dels treballadors migratoris (in Spanish only)

Appeal to MEPs for supporting the Latvian non-citizens’ voting rights - July, 10th 2008

APDHA (Andalucia) Press release regarding the return directive - June, 19th 2008

LA DIRECTIVA RETORNO: UN GRAVE RETROCESO DE LOS DERECHOS HUMANOS (in Spanish only)

APDHA: Report "Human rights on the Southern border 2007" - March 2008

Human Rights on the Southern border 2007 (Introduction in English and report in Spanish)

APDHA : Report on torture in Spain in 2007

Compilation of denunciations of torture and bad treatments reported in 2007. (in Spanish only)

Conference : Rethinking the European Union, rethinking civic engagement

It is with a great pleasure that AEDH invites you to a special conference for rethinking the European Union and civic engagement.

Joint open letter calling on the General Affairs Council to trigger Article 7 TEU ahead of the 16 May 2017 debate on the situation of the Rule of Law in Poland

On Tuesday 16 May 2017, the situation of the rule of law and human rights in Poland has been examined in the General Affairs Council. The debate followed a formal request made by the European Commission to the Council to debate the situation. It was an important moment, as it was the very first time that EU governments had the rule of law and human rights record of one of their fellow member states placed on their agenda.

Edito by Dominique Guibert : "Disregarding rule of law : After Hungary, who will dare ?"

28 April 2017 - The policies followed in Hungary by Mr.Orban’s government are authoritarian and undemocratic. It is a source of concern for all those who are attached to fundamental and human rights. It is important to measure the dangers posed by the Hungarian government to the European construction.

Joint letter to the European Parliament to adopt resolution on the situation in Hungary

25 April 2017 - In view of the situation in Hungary, AEDH with Amnesty International, FIDH, Human Rights Watch, Open Society European Policy Institute and Reporters Without Borders calls on the European Parliament to adopt resolution to support civil society, press freedom, academic freedom, the rule of law and fundamental rights in Europe.

Edito by Dominique Guibert : "How much do you want of Europe ?"

31 March 2017 - Does anyone remember the quote of François Mauriac : “I love Germany so much that I wish there were two” ? There was only mistrust at the end of the war. But it is quite pleasant to use these words again wondering if the on-going situation does not have a similar nature : some love Europe so much they would like to have many Europes...

Edito by D.Guibert : To prevent the end of the European project, social intervention has to be renewed !

February 2017 - On 25 March 2017, we will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome which marks the birth of the European project. We will surely talk about the continuous progress that has been made since the emergence of the ECC, European Economic Community, to the development of the EU, European Union. There has been some trouble in the process but the project seems to be a good one in the end.

Edito by the AEDH President : "To Chelsea, Edward and the others"

31 January 2017 - At the end of January 2017, on the occasion of Data Protection Day, AEDH wants to pay tribute to those women and men who did not want to give up their citizen’s rights for State’s interest or for suspect affairs driven by private companies.

Conference-debate on 30th January at ULB from 5 pm until 8.30pm

30 January 2017 - On the occasion of Data Privacy Day (28th January), AEDH, European Association for the defence of Human Rights, organises a conference-debate on 30th January 2017 at ULB (Université Libre de Bruxelles) from 5pm until 8.30pm. Feel free to join at anytime. How could you protect yourself on the net ? What are your data protection rights ? Do you still have a private life in Europe ? How far does extend surveillance ? We want to raise those questions with you and give you the means to protect your private life !

AEDH is moral supporter of Computers, Privacy & Data Protection (CPDP) 2017 : The age of intelligent machines

25-27 January 2017 - CPDP offers the cutting edge in legal, regulatory, academic and technological development in privacy and data protection. Within an atmosphere of independence and mutual respect, CPDP gathers academics, lawyers, practitioners, policy-makers, computer scientists and civil society from all over the world to exchange ideas and discuss the latest emerging issues and trends. This unique multidisciplinary formula has served to make CPDP one of the leading data protection and privacy conferences in Europe and around the world.

Editorial by D. Guibert : "CETA : the beginning of the end or the end of the beginning of the debate ?"

The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) has limped past a last hurdle in Brussels. The European Parliament has unfortunately resoundingly rejected a motion tabled by 89 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) calling for a European Court of Justice opinion on the agreement’s legality. On 23 November in Strasbourg, this motion was rejected by 419 votes to 258, with 22 abstentions. It is therefore now up to the European Parliament Committee on International Trade to vote on the CETA agreement before an attempt at a vote in plenary sitting before Christmas. There are unlikely to be any surprises there, given that the majority of parliament members support laissez-faire economics. As European People’s Party MEPs would say, let’s adopt the CETA – it has no impact on our legal framework, the EU’s competences or our constitutional rights ! In other words, this may be the beginning of the end of the debate...

Violence against women has to be opposed with the means of rights

26 november 2016 - 33 % of women in the European Union are victims of violence at one point in their life and in the course of the 12 preceding months, 13 million women have experienced physical violence, 3.7 million sexual violence and 9 million have experienced stalking according to a survey of the Fundamental Rights Agency of the EU published in 2014

Working life - Carer’s life, tackling the Gender Pay Gap

AEDH has joined as associate partner a European project of some of its member organisations highlighting the phenomenon of informal carer of persons, carried out most of the time by women. It is however one of the causes of the gender pay gap.

Editorial by D. Guibert : Causes worth fighting for

26 October 2016 - The European Union and its Member States are in crisis. It is difficult to predict how the Europe we want will turn out in the end. However, certain causes are worth fighting for. It is time to take an optimistic stand along with the witnesses from The Hague, the mayor of Catania, the citizens of Warsaw and everyone else fighting together.

Invitation to the conference "WORKING LIFE – CARER’S LIFE - TACKLING THE GENDER PAY GAP"

26 October 2016 - As part of the European project tackling the gender pay gap, AEDH is pleased to invite you to its transnational conference that takes place in Brussels on the 21th November 2016 : "WORKING LIFE – CARER’S LIFE TACKLING THE GENDER PAY GAP"

Editorial by D. Guibert : Who governs the EU, on what and for whom?

A general policy reduced to the smallest common denominator between Member States ; national interests overriding the general interest ; a Parliament that is only consulted to the extent that it is obligatory by EU law : a rather strange way to make the European Union “attractive”!

Statement of the General Assembly of AEDH on the occasion of Europe Day, 9 May 2016

The European Association for the Defence of Human Rights (AEDH) held its General Assembly in Vienna, Austria, on 7 and 8 May 2016.

AEDH will host a seminar on freedom of movement in the European Union on 6 May

Come join us at the House of the European Union in Vienna on Friday 6 May. We will discuss issues regarding freedom of movement in the European Union with various speakers.

2016 : It seems that the European Union is « at crossroads »… Who will the EU decide for ? Refugees and migrants or the Member States ?

28 January 2016 - The Commissioner Avramopoulos gave a speech full of optimism at the meeting of the LIBE Committee of the European Parliament on 14 January, as well as at the weekly meeting of the College of Commissioners. He seems to be convinced that in the year 2016, in contrast to 2015, the EU will “take action” and “turn towards the future”.

Recast of the Visa Code : Above all, economic interests

28 January 2016 - For several months, European institutions have been working on the reform of the community code on Visas. This text entered into force on 5th April 2010 establishing the conditions and procedures for the delivering of visas by Member States’ consulates.

The programme on migration for 2016

28 January 2016 - Commissioner Avramopoulos reminded the list of issues which will be tackled this year, in order to support his optimistic intervention on the challenges for the year 2016 before the European Parliament (see above).

Ambiguous judgment of the European Court of human rights on surveillance issues

28 January 2016 - On 12 January, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) issued a major ruling regarding surveillance issues. The case concerned a 2011 Hungarian legislation on anti-terrorist covert surveillance. Unanimously, the Court considered that this law was in breach of the right to privacy as defined in the Article 8 of the European Convention on Human rights.

European Union : Stop or more ?

28 January 2016 - “Europe is over, we’ve missed the boat, it’s too late” declared Michel Rocard during the event “les journées de Bruxelles” on November 19th, 2015. Is this highly pessimistic opinion the reflection of the future of the European integration ?

Commemorating 10 years of the Data Protection Day : celebrating while remaining vigilant :

28 January 2016 - For the past 10 years, the Data Protection Day is celebrated every January 28 at the initiative of the Council of Europe. At each occasion it is an opportunity to recall the importance of this right which is a necessary legal counterweight in view of the proliferation of technological tools whose invasive potential is continuously increasing.

Call for EU action to safeguard democracy and fundamental rights

27 January 2016 - Civil society Europe, of which AEDH is a member, is expressing its concerns about the proposed legislation of the Polish government on the judicial and media powers. AEDH supports Civil Society’s call on the European Institutions to protect the fundamental rights of Polish and European citizens.

AEDH is organising a seminar for the 10 years of Data Protection !

15 January 2016 – Come join us in the European Parliament on the 27th of January ! We will discuss the crucial developments in European legislation with leading figures in the fight for data protection such as Peter Hustinx and Max Schrems.

Rejecting migrants and refugees in Denmark : do not pass law L-87 !

Copenhagen/ Brussels/ Paris, 27 January 2016 – the Danish parliament and government is about to adopt, today, 26 January, a very controversial law on the entry and sojourn of foreigners, which provides for confiscation of asylum seekers’ valuables. EuroMed Rights, the European Association for the defense of Human Rights and the International Federation for Human Rights are appalled by the closure policy of the Danish authorities, which goes against the human rights of migrants.

For the end of the year 2015, I offer the defence of human rights

Think about an original present !

Migrant rights are not for sale !

18 décembre 2015 - 8.6 billion euros ! This is the sum the European Union has committed to spending to keep migrants as far as possible from its borders. For this International Migrants Day, AEDH and its 32 member organisations call on the European Union and its member states : to stop considering the “migrant crisis” as an attack on their integrity, to open secure access routes to European territory and to act as real defenders of human rights.

AEDH is celebrating 10 years of the Data Protection Day.

Come join us in the European Parliament on 27 January with Max Schrems as special guest ! (room PHS 1 C 51)

For the record, the decisions and commitments of the European institutions and Member States of 2015

16 December 2015 - At the end of this year, we find it relevant to map out the most striking guidelines of European policies in response to the “migration crisis”.The review below sums up the main stages of the decision process which obviously did not prioritise the reception of refugees and the protection of their rights. In particular the last trimester of 2015 with the Valletta summit and the agreement with Turkey is evidence of the EU’s attempt to push the problem outside of the EU’s borders.

Hundreds of thousands, millions … statistics to be interpreted with caution

16 December 2015 - The numbers which were being published in abundance over the last months are sometimes difficult to interpret and their comparison is rather hazardous. Depending on the sources, they consist of numbers on : arrivals in the Mediterranean (UNHCR), disappearances (International Organization for Migration, IOM), transit routes (IOM again), irregular border crossings (Frontex), asylum applications (Eurostat). Below you can find a review for a better measurement of the challenges.

The “protection” of states vs protection of migrants

16 December 2015 - The risk of a humanitarian crisis at the border crossing points between Greece and the Balkans On 24 November, UNCHR, IOM and UNICEF have expressed their shared concern on the risks coming with new restrictions at several border crossing points of countries in the Balkans. Depending on their assumed nationality, people are blocked in some of these countries, without an appropriate and durable solution.

Europe 2020 strategy : what are the mid-term results ?

15 December 2015 - Under the initiative of the European Union in 2008, the Europe 2020 strategy was implemented to respond in a relatively short 12 year term to some major economic and social issues(1) : unemployment, investment in research and development, poverty and social exclusion, climate change, renewable energy and education.

One in four children at risk of poverty in Europe, the figures are overwhelming

15 December 2015 - MEPs adopted with 569 in favour, 77 against and 49 abstentions a resolution urging EU member states to adapt their agendas in order to fight effectively child poverty and social inequalities. AEDH appreciates this initiative focusing on the specific situation of children among people at the risk of poverty and social exclusion (a quarter of the population is concerned). This resolution adopted by the European Parliament is a further argument in the fight against inequalities and social exclusion. Indeed, children are a particularly vulnerable group that needs protection.

Data retention : Member States in denial

07 December 2015 - On April 8, 2014, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) invalidated the directive on data retention because it did not respect the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the Union. Since then, other decisions on similar matters have consolidated this first ruling. Nevertheless, during the Justice and Home Affairs Council of 3 and 4 December 2015, Member States considered that retaining bulk electronic communication data in a generalised manner was still allowed.

AEDH joins the Frontexit campaign !

15 December 2015 - As an international campaign of several associations, Frontexit was launched in 2013 with the principle objective of abolishing the EU agency Frontex because of the incompatibility of its actions with the respect of the rights of migrants and refugees.

The LIBE committee adopted the “Passenger Name Record” in breach of fundamental rights

14 December 2015 - The Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) Committee of the European Parliament voted in favour of the compromise text on the PNR. In a letter sent to the members of this committee the European Association for the Defense of Human Rights (AEDH) called on the MEPs to reject the draft law that is contrary to the fundamental rights of the Union, as noted by the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) who immediately challenged this vote.

Poverty is not a situation, it is a denial of rights !

10 December 2015 - Statistics prove it : there are still as many poor in the European Union as there have always been. In one of its latest press releases, Eurostat stated that 120 million people in 2014 were living in poverty and / or social exclusion. This means : a quarter of the population ! One has to recognise the importance of this number that should have enjoyed the widest possible publicity.

Report Seminar AEDH on poverty 16 November 2015

On November 16, AEDH hosted a seminar on the topic “Poverty : changing the language in order to change the policies” which brought together human rights organisations and European civil society actors in order to discuss the development of poverty in Europe and deconstruct the stereotypes assimilated to it in our political and everyday language.

Conference-debate : Human rights in the city, Luxemburg League of Human Rights (ALOS-LDH)

The conference aims at exploring new ideas for guaranteeing the conditions of the « living together » in Luxembourg and to improve the exercice of fundamental rights at the local level. » starting with the analysis of problems and good practices in Luxembourg as well as elsewhere in the country and in Europe.

Human rights days marking the 25th anniversary of Associacion Pro Derechos Humanos de Andalucia

The president AEDH, Dominique Guibert, will speak on the theme « The defense of human rights by organised civil society at the international level » Sunday, 6th December from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

November attacks in Paris : nothing else than crimes

16 November 2015 - On 13th November, Paris was the scene of gruesome slaughter. The appalling and provisional toll is of 129 people dead and more than 300 wounded.

Invitation AEDH seminar-debate : “Poverty : changing the language in order to change the policies”

AEDH is pleased to invite you to its seminar-debate : “Poverty : changing the language in order to change the policies” on the 16th of November from 9.30 to 13.00. The seminar will take place at the European Economic and Social Committee (room TRE 7701) in Brussels.

Joint declaration : Human Rights at the core of Migration Policies

10 November 2015 - An urgent call to European and African leaders

Joint statement of AEDH : « Fundamental rights are fundamental »

Joint statement - 28 October 2015

States and protection of human rights : the means of action of the international community

Speech of Dominique Guibert, President of AEDH on the occasion of the 5th meeting of Caminar and AY Carmela in Bordeaux 10 October 2015 on the subject : "Truth, justice and reparation : what hope for Spain ?"

Press release of the platform Civil Society Europe on the urgent need for a structured dialogue on migration.

19 October 2015 - Civil Society Europe calls on leaders of European institutions meeting for the European Council to set up a structured dialogue on migration.

Europe, quo vadis ?

23 september 2015 - Is there a migrant and/or refugee crisis ? Or is there a European crisis ? The European Association for the Defence of Human Rights (AEDH) considers that this issue has implications for the future of the European Union, given the powerful consequences of member states’ decisions for the rights of migrants, whether they are fleeing war, repression, poverty or death.

“Safe Harbor” : the CJEU gives back all rights to the protection of personal data.

06 October 2015 - AEDH Press release : Less than two weeks after the publication of the opinion of the Advocate General Yves Bot, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) sent Tuesday, October 6, 2015, a clear message to the European Commission, the EU Member States, multinationals and the US government : personal data protection and privacy are citizens’ fundamental rights which must be respected and guaranteed, even in an economy of personal data or in the context of the fight against terrorism. It was forbidden through an agreement concluded in 2000, the Safe Harbor, which allows the transfer of personal data from the EU to the United States.

The best and worse of Europe

11 September 2015 - In the face of the current humanitarian crisis affecting people fleeing war, persecution and poverty, EPAM (European NGO Platform on Astlum and Migtration) of which AEDH is a member, Social Platform and CONCORD Europe – the three largest coalitions of European NGOs working on development, social rights, asylum and migration – have come together to call on Member State governments and ministers to create a more welcoming Europe.

AEDH Seminar : TTIP and its effects on fundamental rights

AEDH would like to invite you to the public seminar « TTIP and its effects on fundamental rights » on Friday, 10th April from 13.30 – 18.00, hosted by the Résidence Palace – International Press Center (Maelbeek conference room).

The European Disability Forum (EDF) launches its alternative report on the rights of persons with disabilities

On the 18th of March 2015, the European Disability Forum – an NGO representing the interest of Europeans with disabilities since 1996 - has submitted its alternative report on the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with disabilities (UN CRPD) by the European Union to the UN Committee.

AEDH and other NGOs agreed in Riga on roadmap to increased involvement of civil society in EU decision making process

The final draft of a ‘roadmap’ on how to improve and strengthen citizen involvement in EU decision-making has been agreed at an NGO Forum in Riga (Latvia) – in which AEDH took part – at the beginning of this month.

AEDH’s response to EASO’s call for civil society input to the outline of the EASO Annual Work Program 2016

10 mars 2015 - Every year, the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) – an agency of the European Union that acts as a centre of expertise on asylum and contributes to the development of the Common European Asylum System by facilitating practical cooperation among Member States on the many aspects of asylum – invites interested civil society organisations (CSOs) to provide input to the outline of the EASO Annual Work Program before submitting it to the European Commission. Again this year, AEDH submitted to the EASO its general comments on its annual strategy.

7 French and European NGO’s, including AEDH and its member the French League of Human Rights, petition the European Parliament to demand that France respects the right of EU citizens to free movement

On 25 February 2015 – As part of the right of petition granted to European citizens, seven French and European associations, including AEDH, have decided to address a complaint to the European Parliament on expulsion and detention measures enacted by the French government toward European citizens, especially Romanian and Bulgarian, for the vast majority from the Roma community.

Launch of the project « Act against the gender pay gap”: Taking into account the case of informal carers

26/27 January 2015 – The French Human Rights League (LDH) has initiated the European project “Act against the gender pay gap” gathering a broad partnership of national and European organisations, including AEDH.

Festive International Colloquium on the Occasion of 100 Years of the German League’s History

The International League for Human rights (Internationale Liga für Menschenrechte), the International Federation of Human Rights Leagues (FIDH) and the European Association for the Defence of Human Rights (AEDH) organise a Festive International Colloquium on the Occasion of 100 Years of the German League’s History. The colloquium will take place on Saturday December 13th 2014 in Berlin.

AEDH Seminar: "The transposal of the asylum package into German legislation: Risks and opportunities for the rights of asylum seekers"

AEDH organises, in cooperation with the International League for Human rights (Internationale Liga für Menschenrechte) and Borderline-Europe, a seminar about the transposal of the asylum package into German legislation. The seminar will take place on Friday 12th December 2014 in Berlin.

AEDH conference: How to take action for social inclusion?

AEDH would like to invite you to the public conference « How to take action for social inclusion? » on Thursday, 20th November from 9.00 – 16.15, hosted by the European Economic and Social Committee (room JDE, 70 – 7th floor).

Interview of Dominique Guibert, President of the AEDH – July 2014

In an interview given to Euranet Plus, Dominique Guibert, President of the AEDH, talks about the impact of the EU representatives’ racist speeches on the population.

The European Association for the Defence of Human Rights held its General Assembly on June 21st and 22nd 2014

Gathered for the General Assembly on June 21st and 22nd, the members of AEDH have renewed the executive board of the association for a period of two years

No Europe without rights ! Resolution adopted by the General Assembly of AEDH on June 21st and 22nd

Gathered in Brussels for its General Assembly on June 21st and 22nd, AEDH, European Association for the Defence of Human Rights, confirms its commitment and of its member organisations to a Europe of rights.

Contribution of the CSO liaison group to the Europe 2020 mid-term review

The EESC’s Civil Society Organisations liaison group, whose AEDH belongs to, contributed to the Europe 2020 mid-term review.

Visit the website dedicated to the campaign "A Europe of Rights : here, now, for all!"

AEDH and its member associations published the website dedicated to the campaign "A Europe of Rights : here, now, for all!"

Open Letter to EU institutions and agencies: "Protect Syrian refugees!"

In the framework of the campaign "Europe, act now!", AEDH cosigns an open letter asking European leaders to act now to ensure access to protection for the men, women and children fleeing the conflict in Syria.

"FOR A EUROPE OF HUMAN RIGHTS : HERE, NOW AND FOR ALL!" : Joint campaign of the AEDH and its members - 4th March 2014

The campaign “Europe of rights: here, now, for all !” is conducted by the European Association for the Defence of Human Rights and its 31 member associations, which promote human rights, democracy and citizenship across 22 member states of the European Union.

AEDH in the news: "The AEDH Vice-Chairwoman, Catherine Teule, calls to limit the negative effects of the Asylum Package" – 24th February 2014

Catherine Teule’s intervention on the challenges of the transposition of the new Asylum Package in the Member States has been disseminated in the media

AEDH in the news: “This great Europe that is alien to us”

The Spanish newspaper "El diario" published yesterday (02/11/2014) an article written by Rafael Lara, APDHA’s representative and AEDH’s General Secretary , about the campaign launched by AEDH and its members in view of the European elections in May 2014.

The future of the Stockholm Programme: AEDH claims a Europe of fundamental rights for all! - Answer to the Commission’s consultation – 21 January 2014

AEDH seizes the opportunity to express its point of view on the European policies in the field of justice and home affairs (JHA), in the framework of the public consultation launched by the European Commission.

Report: « FOR A EUROPE OF HUMAN RIGHTS » - the manifesto of AEDH and its members presented to MEPs

On Tuesday 12 November 2013, the representatives of AEDH and its member leagues met with some members of the European Parliament during the conference « For a Europe of Human Rights ». This conference closed the AEDH Extraordinary General Assembly of 11th and 12th November.

Report: Conference-debate "Crisis: Europe at the service of people?"

On Monday 11th November 2013, AEDH and other associations co-organised a conference-debate : « Crises : Europe at the service of people ? ». During this conference, several speakers were invited to discuss the situation of economic and social rights in the European Union since the economic crises and to assess the impact of the crisis on European democracies and integration.

AEDH and its member leagues in the Spanish news

On 13 November 2013 the « Radio Nacional de España » broadcasted an interview with Rafael Lara, spokesperson of the Asociación Pro Derechos Humanos de Andalucía (APDHA).

AEDH General Assembly & Presentation of the manifesto « For a Europe of Human Rigths » at the European Parliament

From 10th to 12th November, representatives of AEDH member leagues met in Brussels to talk about their Human rights campaign in view of the European elections.

Conference: “For a Europe of Human Rights”

AEDH invites to the conference “For a Europe of Human Rights”, that will take place on 12th November at the European Parliament.

Conference-debate “CRISIS: EUROPE AT THE SERVICE OF PEOPLE?” (11/11/2013)

AEDH and its Belgian members - the ‘Ligue des Droits de l’Homme’ (LDH) and the ‘Liga voor Mensenrechten’- and Bruxelles Laïque invite you to the conference-debate: “Crisis: Europe at the service of people?”

AEDH in the news: “Let us stop this march towards the apartheid”

Today (14/10/2013) “Le Quotidien” has published its interview to Serge Kollwelter, President of AEDH. European and Luxembourgish elections, asylum and citizenship are among the topics discussed.

AEDH in the press!

This week, the press mentioned the Joint Open Letter, written by AEDH, FIDH, EMHRN and Migreurop and adressed to EU Interior Ministers after the tragic shipwreck in Lampedusa.

AEDH in the press

This week, following the disaster in Lampedusa, the position of AEDH concerning EU migration policy, as emphasized in its press release (07/10), is mentioned in the press.

AEDH seminar on citizenship is now on line!

The AEDH held on May 31st, and June 1st and 2nd its annual seminar and its General Assembly. The General Assembly took place in Tallinn, Estonia, and dealt with the issue of citizenship, in the frame of the European year of Citizens.

AEDH held its annual seminar and General Assembly on May 31st, June 1st and 2nd

AEDH organises its annual seminar and General Assembly in Tallinn, Estonia from 31st may to 2nd June

The European Association for the Defence of Human Rights (AEDH) and its member organisations will come together in Tallinn this weekend for AEDH’s General Assembly 2013. On the eve of the Assembly, the human rights organisations will debate on the theme of citizenship. The event is organised together with AEDH’s Estonian member, the Legal Information Centre for Human Rights (LICHR).

AEDH in the Press

This week, following a fire in a Roma camp in France, AEDH member Philippe Goossens’ report on Roma is mentioned in the press.

The AEDH participates to the 38th FIDH Congress

From 23th to 27th May 2013, the AEDH will participate to the 38th FIDH Congress in Istanbul, Turkey. The Forum entitled "Political Transitions from a Human Rights Perspective: Experiences and Challenges" takes place within the framework of FIDH’s International Congress, a major event, bringing together human rights defenders from FIDH’s 164 member organisations and other partners from all over the world, every three years.

AEDH in the Press

This week, following a fire in a Roma camp in France, AEDH member Philippe Goossens’ report on Roma is mentioned in the press.

AEDH in the Press

This week, following a fire in a Roma camp in France, AEDH member Philippe Goossens’ report on Roma is mentioned in the press.

AEDH in the Press

This week, the report from Phillippe Goossens, AEDH Board Member, "Census of forced evictions from settlements of migrant Roma in France" is in the press.

The AEDH is recruiting

The European Association for the defense of Human Rights has vacancy for administrative and financial management.

The AEDH meets its Southern leagues: Workshop on economic, social and cultural rights in Barcelona - 14th December 2012

Foster the exchange between the actors in the Southern countries and launch joint actions within the framework of the AEDH – those were the objectives of this workshop that brought together the human rights associations from Catalonia, Andalusia, Portugal and Greece as well as the AEDH. Our Italian friends were unfortunately not able to participate in the workshop.

AEDH co-organises a conference in Paris: "The state of right to vote for foreigners in Europe" - 14 December 2012

On Decembre 14, the AEDH and the Ceri-Sciences po organise a conference at the Europe House in Paris on "The state of right to vote for foreigners in Europe".

The AEDH publishes an Analysis of the forthcoming Common European Asylum System (CEAS) - 10 December 2012

On September 19, the Committee for Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) was very pleased to have reached, by a large majority, an agreement on the recast of the Reception directive on the one hand, and the Dublin II Regulation on the other hand.

The AEDH addresses an Open Letter to the Members of the European Parliament - 10 December 2012

The project of Common European Asylum System (CEAS) aimed to put an end to the lottery, unworthy of States of Law, which people who look for protection in the EU are facing.

AEDH organises conference on Roma people at the European Parliament - 4 December 2012

On the 4th December 2012, the AEDH organised a conference at the European Parliament in Brussels together with Mrs. Marie-Christine Vergiat, Member of the European Parliament (group GUE-NGL) and the informal group of European deputies ‘Friends of AEDH’.

AEDH publishes its report "Roma people in Europe in the 21st century: violence, exclusion, insecurity" - 15 November 2012

Over the past year, AEDH has been examining the situation of Roma people in Europe. In October 2012, AEDH published the report “Roma people in Europe in the 21st century: violence, exclusion, insecurity” denouncing the physical violence towards Roma populations from the European states and the European citizens.

The Honorary Chairman of AEDH, Mr. Pierre Barge, participates to a conference on the electoral process in Bulgaria - 20 Ocotber 2012

On October 20th, 2012, the Honorary Chairman of AEDH, Mr. Pierre Barge, participated to a conference in Sofia on the “European standards and good practices for conducting a democratic and fair electoral process – Is Bulgaria falling behind?”

Open letter to Ms. Viviane Reding on pre-trial detention - June 2012

Thirteen civil society organisations sent an open letter to Ms. Viviane Reding, vice-president of the European commission in charge of fundamental rights, on pre-trial detention in the European Union.

Joint civil society declaration on access to health care services for undocumented migrants in Spain

AEDH signed a joint declaration of European and Spanish NGOs and professional organisations, on access to healthcare for irregular migrants in Spain.

Common statement on safeguarding family life of migrants and refugees

AEDH signed a common statement along with 64 other organisations call EU member States and the European Commission to safeguard family life of migrants and refugees.

AEDH Annual General Meeting Motion on the eviction of Roma people in Belgrade - 28th and 29th of April, 2012

AEDH adopted during its General Meeting, held in Brno (Czech Republic), on the 28th and 29th of April, 2012, a motion denouncing the eviction of Roma people in Belgrade the 26th of April, 2012.

AEDH Annual General Meeting Motion on the Cypriot organisation KISA - 28th and 29th of April, 2012

AEDH adopted during its General Meeting, held in Brno (Czech Republic), on the 28th and 29th of April, 2012, a motion supporting the Cypriot organisation KISA and its president Mr. Doros Polycarpou.

The AEDH organises its annual General assembly and seminar in Brno, Czech Republic, on 27, 28 and 29 April 2012

The AEDH organises its annual General assembly in Brno, Czech Republic, on 28 and 29 April 2012. On the 27 April, it will also organise, with the Czech Helsinki Committee, its annual seminar on "Roma in Europe".

The colombian newspaper El Tiempo quotes AEDH in an article about the situation of Roma in Europe - 15 April 2012

The colombian newspaper El Tiempo published on 15 April 2012 an article about the situation of Roma in Europe.

Pierre Barge’s interview on women situation, by Opinion Internationale - 13 March 2012

On International Women’s Day, AEDH published a press release on gender equality in the European Union. Opinion Internationale wanted to know more about it ans asked 3 questions to Pierre Barge, president of the association.

AEDH response to the Commission Green Paper on family reunification - 5 March 2012

AEDH sent to the European Commission its response to the Green Paper “on the right to family reunification of third-country nationals living in the European Union (Directive 2003/86/EC)”.

AEDH signs a joint public statement on the Greek citizenship reform - 30 January 2011

i-RED, 10 members of the RED Network combating racism and Xenophobia, the Greek Forum of Migrants, Asante, 12 migrant communities and the Refugee Forum in Greece, the European Network Against Racism, the Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM), the Migrants’ Rights Network and the AEDH (Association Europeenne des Droits de l’Homme), express their support to the Greek citizenship reform and to those migrants who wish to participate to the Greek and European societies as citizens with rights and obligations, pursuing their constitutional aims, by respecting and sharing human rights and civic values.

Season’s greetings from the AEDH ! - 3 January 2012

AEDH’s response to the Green Paper of the European Commission on the application of EU criminal justice legislation in the field of detention - 30 November 2011

AEDH welcomes the initiative of the European Commission to publish a Green paper on detention and puts forward a constructive and broad response to the public consultation in order to spark off a debate at the European level on this important matter of deprivation of liberty in the European Union.

Foreign workers in the EU : moving towards multiple standards, founded on unequal treatment? - 17 October 2011

The AEDH finds the legislative package on labour immigration unacceptable in its current form because it undermines social rights and equal treatment. It also disagrees with the general underlying logic of the texts, which fragment the labour market and exploit regular immigration for European growth and as a tool against irregular immigration.

AEDH supports the documentary film "Ceuta, sweet prison" - 21 September 2011

AEDH supports an initiative launched by the Zaradoc documentary production company which aims at finishing the production of a documentary film of 52 minutes entitled “Ceuta, sweet prison”, directed by Jonathan Millet and Loïc H. Rechi.

This film tackles the situation of Ceuta, this Spanish enclave in the north part of Morocco, which belongs to Europe but does not belong to the Schengen area. The film deals with the construction of the wall built by Europeans to prevent migrants from entering the EU and with the situation of migrants who have been able to go over the wall but who are now waiting in Ceuta, sometimes during years, to find a way to access the EU which constitutes a dreamland for them.

AEDH speech at the occasion of the « Freedom Not Fear » demonstration - 17 September 2011

Maryse Artiguelong – who is the deputy General Secretary of the French Human Rights League (LDH) and an individual member of AEDH in charge of dealing with issues related to data protection – spoke on behalf on AEDH at the occasion of the “Freedom not Fear” demonstration held in Brussels on September 17th 2011.

Join us for the Freedom not Fear weekend in Brussels - 17,18,19 September 2011

AEDH supports, with other European and national NGOs and associations, the Freedom not Fear action, which will take place in Brussels on September 17th, 18th and 19th ending a week of actions in Berlin.

Anthology "Practices of imprisonment in Europe and Human rights: is exclusion the only solution?" - 14 September 2011

AEDH organized, on the occasion of its 2011 General Assembly together with ALOS-LDH its member league from Luxembourg, a seminar entitled "Practices of imprisonment in Europe and Human rights: is exclusion the only solution?". This seminar was followed by a round-table for which several European experts gave a speech on the issue.

Intervention of the AEDH President at the LDH Congress - 11 June 2011

Pierre Barge, President of AEDH, attended the Congress of the French Human Rights League on June 11th, 12th and 13th 2011 which took place in Reims (France).

AEDH organises a seminar on imprisonment in Europe - 27 May 2011

AEDH organized, on the occasion of its General Assembly of 2011, a seminar on imprisonment in Europe, in collaboration with ALOS-LDH, its member league from Luxembourg.

AEDH supports the movie "Nigger, the new face of Italy" in the Best of One World Film Festival - 11 May 2011

AEDH again participates in the Best of One World 2011, which will take place from May 17th until May 26th and which is organized by the One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, People in Need, in collaboration with the Permanent Representation of Czech Republic to the EU, the Czech Center, the Bozar Centre for Fine Arts, the Human Rights and Democracy Network (HRDN, whose AEDH is a member), the Permanent Representation of Poland to the EU, the Goethe Institute and the European Parliament.

AEDH participates in the writing of the report "Calais, the violence of the border" - 4 May 2011

AEDH participated in the writing of the report "Calais, the violence of the border", issued by the EMHRN Network which details the results of a fact-finding mission to Calais and the surrounding area in order to investigate impacts of the police clamp down on the situation of migrants and refugees rights in the region.

AEDH comments the CJEU El Dridi ruling - 28 April 2011

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) decided, on April 28th 2011, that prison term does not respect the 2008 “Return” European directive when irregular stay is the only motive.

Call on the European Union for a support intervention in the Mediterranean area - 4 March 2011

The AEDH signed, along with a great number of NGOs, the Call on the European Union for a support intervention in the Mediterranean area.

EU Seasonal Migrant Workers’ Directive: Full Respect of Equal Treatment Necessary - 20 April 2011

A joint statement on the seasonal workers proposal for a directive, made by AEDH together with other NGOS, was released on April 20th 2011, at the occasion of a LIBE hearing on “Legal migration after the Lisbon treaty”.

AEDH response to the Council of Europe on the modernization of the Convention No 108 - 10 March 2011

The AEDH thanks the Council of Europe, not only for its initiative to update the Convention No 108, but also for the quality of its questionings regarding the current challenges. They are indeed very general first because of the place of new technologies in our life but also because of the rate, as well as the global nature, of inventions.

Security Scanners in EU Airports: Seeking the Mythical Absolute in Security - 15 February 2011

The AEDH is extremely concerned about the use of body scanners in Europe. After giving its opinion on the European Commission’s communication of 15 June 2010i, it would like to take this opportunity to express its position on the use of security scanners in general. Body, or "security", scanners have serious consequences for privacy and the protection of personal data. The need for such equipment, as well the implications of its use, must therefore be thoroughly evaluated.

AEDH reponse to the Commission’s consultation on a general approach to the protection of personal data in the EU - 15 January 2011

The AEDH welcomes the fact that the European Commission carries out a consultation on the modification of the 1995 Directive on data protection. The AEDH indeed thinks that it’s time to amend that Directive as to conform it with technologic changes that happened since 1995 and to comply with European and national developments in case law.

20 November 2010 - "Migration and inclusion : dialog with the new generation for the development of a peace culture"

Catherine Teule, one of the AEDH Vice-Presidents, participated in a roud-table organized by the MEP Patrick Le Hyaric (GUE/NGL), on November 20th 2010, related to migrants’ inclusion.

20 July 2010 - Europe, it’s TIME to ratify the Migrant Workers Convention

The International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families was signed 20 years ago by the UN General Assembly. However, none of the EU Members States has ratified it yet.

8 April 2010 - One World Festival: AEDH invites you to the screening of the documentary film "The Arrivals" by Claudine Bories and Patrice Chagnard, on 13 April 2010 at 8.30 pm

The Best of One World 2010 is organized this year by the One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, the Permanent Representation of the Czech Republic to the EU, People in Need, the Bozar Centre for Fine Arts and the Human Rights and Democracy Network (HRDN).

On this occasion, AEDH is co-supporting the documentary film entitled “the Arrivals”, by Claudine Bories and Patrice Chagnard.

Génération 112 invited Pierre Barge, AEDH President to its radio programme "Towards a Europe of Human Rights?" - 24 March 2010

On the occasion of its seventh radio programme, Generation 112 invited Pierre Barge, AEDH President.

25 February 2010 - AEDH invited by France 24 to debate on the issue of prisons in France and in Europe

AEDH talks about prisons on France 24.

15 February 2010 - AEDH signs the text "towards a structured framework for European civil dialogue"

Article 11 of the amended Treaty on European Union makes participatory democracy a tool to strengthen the democratic legitimacy of the European Union and therefore a principle of governance, as a complement to representative democracy. Thus civil dialogue becomes one of the major tools in policy-shaping and decision-making processes at European level. The EU institutions are required to conduct "an open, transparent and regular dialogue with representative associations and civil society"

10 February 2010 - Interview of Pierre Barge, President of AEDH, in the latest Newsletter of the European Economic and Social Committee

The latest Newsletter of the Group III (Various Interests) of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) publishes the interview of Pierre Barge, President of AEDH, on its page one.

29 January 2010 - AEDH-EDRI European Civil Society Data Protection Award 2010: the winner is Per.sonn.es (in French) / Fakefriends.me (in English)

AEDH (European Association for the Defense of Human rights) and EDRI (European Digital Rights) are pleased to announce that the winner of the first edition of the European Civil Society Data Protection Award (ECSDPA) is PER.SONN.ES (in French) / FAKEFRIENDS.ME (in English).

5 January 2010 - AEDH wishes you all the best for 2010

15 December 2009 - AEDH-EDRI European Civil Society Data Protection Award: Call for nominations opened

AEDH (European Association for the Defence of Human rights) and EDRI (European Digital Rights) launch the first edition of the European Civil Society Data Protection Award (ECSDPA). The prize aims at rewarding positive initiatives contributing to the visibility and effectiveness of right to privacy and to the protection of personal data in Europe. The ECSDPA prize will be awarded each year on 28 January, as a European Civil Society contribution to the Data Protection Day.

3 November 2009 - The AEDH has signed the civil society Declaration for "Global privacy standards for a Global World"

The AEDH has signed the civil society Declaration for “Global privacy standards for a Global world”. On November, 3rd, the AEDH will attend the conference organized by the Public Voice coalition in Madrid, on this topic.

19 June 2009 - ALOS LDH Luxembourg becomes a full member of the AEDH

Following the approval of the General Assembly on June, 19th 2009, the Luxemburg League for Human rights, ALOS-LDH, has become a full member of the AEDH.

General Assembly of the AEDH - June, 19th 2009

The General Assembly for the AEDH will take place on June, 19th 2009 at the Economic and Social Committee.

AEDH TAKES ACTION FOR THE 2009 EUROPEAN ELECTIONS

From the 4th to the 7th of June, European citizens will elect their representants for the European Union. The European Parliament, composed by 785 MEPs, is the only European institution elected through direct universal suffrage. It’s the citizen’s voice in the EU legislative process.

By voting in the European elections in June you decide what the EU will be like for the 5 upcoming years.

On this occasion, the AEDH has prepared a series of cards in the form of question-answers on various key topics related to human rights, that it puts at the disposal of its members. Therefore, the AEDH invites the citizens and residents of the European Union to call on their candidates for the European elections on these sensible questions.

The anti-discrimination-towards-Roma helpline is now operating in Czech Republic

The information was sent by one of our individual members from Czech Republic. The AEDH warmly welcomes this initiative of the Czech civil society.

Gender Pay Gap: the case of informal caregivers

2015-16 ENAR Shadow Report on racism and migration in Europe

2 May 2017 - Racism plays a role in migrants’ exclusion and violations of their rights across the European Union. According to the new report released by the European Network Against Racism (ENAR), which AEDH is a member, migrants are increasingly the targets of racist violence and speech ; and face discriminatory policies and attitudes hindering their access to the labour market.

Call by the Conference of INGOs not to adopt the Hungarian draft "Act on the Transparency of Organisations Supported from Abroad"

24 April 2017 - The conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe calls on Hungarian authorities not to adopt the Draft Act on the Transparency of Organisations Supported from Abroad. This draft bill is incompatible with European standards and undermines freedom of association.

Call for EU action to safeguard democracy and fundamental rights

27 January 2016 - Civil society Europe, of which AEDH is a member, is expressing its concerns about the proposed legislation of the Polish government on the judicial and media powers. AEDH supports Civil Society’s call on the European Institutions to protect the fundamental rights of Polish and European citizens.

Rejecting migrants and refugees in Denmark: do not pass law L-87!

Copenhagen/ Brussels/ Paris, 27 January 2016 – the Danish parliament and government is about to adopt, today, 26 January, a very controversial law on the entry and sojourn of foreigners, which provides for confiscation of asylum seekers’ valuables. EuroMed Rights, the European Association for the defense of Human Rights and the International Federation for Human Rights are appalled by the closure policy of the Danish authorities, which goes against the human rights of migrants.

EuroMed Rights, of which AEDH is a member, calls on the new European neighbourhood Policy (ENP) to respect human rights

18 November 2015 - EuroMed Rights deeply regrets that the Communication on the review of the European Neighbourhood Policy, issued today by the European Union, is a step back on previous policies to meet the challenge of putting respect for human rights and international humanitarian law, as well as the promotion of democratic reforms, at the heart of its Neighbourhood Policy.

REMDH calls for the protection of Human Rights’ activists and for a restrenghened link between societies north and south of the Mediterranean

June 16th, 2015 : During its 10th General Assembly, the Euro-mediterranean human rights network (REMDH) adopted its final resolution. REMDH conveys its concern regarding the tragic events that happened in the Mediterrean recently, as well as regarding the treatment of the numerous refugees that came in Europe to seek a safe place to live.

« Give Greece a Chance ! », a declaration of the Alter Summit

The Alter Summit, AEDH is a member of, has declared its support to the Greek government’s decision to break with the austerity measures taken by former governments and to reject austerity and the Troika. It underlines especially that the current conflict does not oppose Europe to Greece but opposes the social rights of the citizens to the interests of big companies and banks to recover their debt.

EMHRN commemorates International Women’s Day 2015 in the euro-med: zero impunity for violence against women!

6 March 2015 – In anticipation of the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York, the EMHRN (in full) exhorts governments across the Euromed to seize this opportunity to renew their commitment to zero impunity for violence against women, with a particular focus on women’s rights defenders. The CSW session starts on March 9th and marks the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.

EMHRN strongly condemns terrorist attacks in Denmark

The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN) strongly condemns the two terrorist attacks on an event on freedom of speech and a synagogue in Copenhagen last weekend, resulting in the death of two civilians and the injury of five policemen.

Muzzling Dissent: Freedom of Assembly under Threat in the Euro-Med

In its latest report, Freedom of Assembly under Threat: Muzzling Dissent in the Euro-Mediterranean Region, the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN) rings the alarm on the increasing stifling of the right to peaceful assembly in the region.

Organic law for the protection of public security: a threat to civil liberties in Spain

The Euro-Mediterranean Network for Human Rights (EMHRN), the World Organization Against Torture (OMCT) and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) deplore the adoption of the draft Basic Law for the Protection of Public Security, by the plenary of the Congress of Deputies on 11 December 2014. The three organisations denounce the growing restrictions on the right to demonstrate in Spain.

Morocco: EMHRN Condemns the Harassment of Human Rights Organizations and the Repeated Violations of the Right to Freedom of Assembly

In response to the systematic harassment suffered by the Moroccan Association of Human Rights (AMDH) and other human rights organisations, the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN) – a member of the AEDH’s network – calls on the Moroccan governement to stop all interferences with the activities of the Moroccan civil society and human rights defenders.

#helpsyriasrefugees : sign the petition !

More than 130,000 men, women and children have died since the outbreak of the Syrian crisis in March 2011. Currently 2,7 million registered refugees are on the run from war. In this context, the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) launched a campaign calling on the EU institutions to protect Syrian refugees. Help us by signing the petition !

Morocco: EMHRN denounces the conviction of eleven young activists

The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN) condemns the decision of the Aïn Sebaâ Criminal Court of Casablanca to sentence eleven young activists of the ‘20th of February Movement’ to up to one year in prison, following their participation in a peaceful protest.

Syria: Groups Call for ICC Referral - 15 May 2014

The EMHRN with more than one hundred civil society groups from around the world issued a statement on thursday 15 May to urge the United Nations Security Council to approve a resolution to refer the situation in Syria to the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court.

Resolution adopted on 4th March 2014 by the Steering Committee of the European Year of Citizenship Alliance - March 2014

The Steering Committee of the European Year of Citizens Alliance, in which AEDH takes part, adopted yesterday (4.3.2014) a resolution on Ukraine’s future.

EMHRN’s analysis of the Mobility Partnership signed between the European Union and Morocco (11/02)

In its analysis published on 11th February, the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN) feels that the negotiations signed last June between the EU and Morocco pose a threat to the preservation of the rights of migrants.

HRDN “Stand 4 Human Rights” campaign

As the 2014 European elections approach, the Human Rights and Democracy Network has launched its European elections campaign: “Stand 4 Human Rights”.

REMDH Press release on the continuous violation of Human rights in Egypt since the fall of Mubarak (24/01)

Three years after Mubarak regime’s fall in January 2011, EMHRN assesses the situation in Egypt and considers that it is time for the European Union to take action amidst widespread impunity for human rights violations and shrinking space for democratic expression.

The future EU Programme on Asylum and Migration: Statement by the European NGO Platform on EU Asylum and Migration (EPAM)

In the framework of the public consultation procedure launched by the European Commission allowing civil society organizations to express their views on the future of the Stockholm Programme, AEDH and the other members of the European NGO Platform on Asylum and Migration (EPAM) have identified a list of key-priorities dealing with asylum and migration.

“TURKEY: Four years on, Muharrem Erbey still in pre-trial detention” (Joint press release)

In a press release of 10th January a coalition of NGOs denounced Turkey for the continued arbitrary detention of Muharrem Erbeyand - a human rights lawyer - and for the harassment targeting human rights defenders in the country.

EMHRN report on the ‘Gezi Park’ protest movement in Turkey and its repression

On 12th December the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network published a report on the ‘Gezi Park’ protest movement in Turkey and its repression.

“Violence against women, bleeding wound in the Syrian conflict” - EMHRN report

On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 2013, the Euro Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN) releases a new report “Violence against women, a bleeding wound in the Syrian conflict”.

Greece - Turkey: ‘The route is dangerous, people are dying’

Joint press release of FIDH, EMHRN and Migreurop on systematic human rights violations against refugees at the Greek Turkish borders (18/11/2013)

Joint declaration: “Lesvos/ Greece the new European cage for migrants”

The Euro Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN), Migreurop, Welcome to Europe and Youth without Borders do not accept any more the detention of migrants, seen as the symbol of the violence of the European border system.

EMHRN Release: "Syria’s Refugees: Victims of Fortress Europe"

Looking ahead to the EU’s Foreign Affairs Council of 21 October, the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN) urges the EU and its Member States to ensure the protection of all refugees from Syria without discrimination.

A group of 22 NGOs, including AEDH, calls for the Commission to take further action in relation to pre-trial detention in the EU - 10 September 2013

The AEDH has joint a group of 22 NGOs in an open letter to Vice-President Viviane Reding to call for the Commission to take further action in relation to pre-trial detention in the EU.

Latest statement by the Human Rights and Democracy Network (HRDN)

The HRDN has released a statement on strengthening the European Union’s response to human rights abuses inside its own borders.

What does EU citizenship mean? - The European Year of Citizens’ Alliance organises a European conference in Zagreb on July 8th

What does EU citizenship mean? On July 8th in Zagreb, 150 European citizens, gathered together by the European Year of Citizens’ Alliance (EYCA), will exchange views and experiences in a European conference entitled: “EU citizenship: Crossing perspectives”.

Amnesty International press release: "Asylum-seekers and migrants in Greece hounded by police operations and right-wing extremists" - 20 December 2012

In a document published on December 20th, Amnesty International worries about Greece violating badly asylum seekers and refugees’ rights.

Migreurop published a report entitles ‘‘The protection of migrant rights in Europe – Spain’’ - November 2012

Migreurop and six Spanish associations publish a report entitled ‘‘The protection of migrant rights in Europe – Spain’’ for the Human Rights Commission of the Council of Europe.

ECRE press release - 25 September 2012

ECRE, an association of 70 European NGOs, published a press release to share its concerns about the transfers of asylum seekers towards Hungary.

PICUM publishes the press release "Spain, a step backward for the universal right to health care" - 1 September 2012

On September 1st, PICUM published the press release " Spain, a step backward for the universal right to health care" to ask for the return of free health care for irregular migrants in Spain.

Common open letter of NGOs to the Members of the European Parliament on the Eurosur proposal - 9 July 2012

AEDH and several other NGOs sent a common open letter to the members of the Civil liberties, Justice and Home affairs of the European Parliament to raise their interest on the highly political dossier that constitutes the Eurosur proposal.

Manifesto of the European Year of Citizens 2013 Alliance - June 2012

The Alliance of European networks, set up on the occasion of the European Year of Citizens 2013, and in which AEDH takes part, published its Manifesto on active European citizenship.

Political declaration of the Spring Social Conference - March 2012

The Spring Social Conference, gathering trade unions, non-governmental organisations and social movements, took place in Brussels at the end of March 2012. At the end of the Conference, a political declaration was adopted.

Joint press release to support Doros Polycarpou, director of the cypriot organisation KISA - 29 February 2012

You will find attached the latest joint press release in support of the organisation KISA in Cyprus and its director Doros Polycarpou, entitled “Persecution of Human Rights defender Polycarpou and breach of migrants’ rights question Cyprus’ suitability to take over EU Chairmanship”.

Ales Bialiatski, sentenced to four and a half years of jail - 24 November 2011

Ales Bialiatski, president of the Belarusian Human Rights Center “Viasna” and vice-president of FIDH, was sentenced on Thursday 24 November to four and half years detention, the payment of a fine, as well as the confiscation of his property. AEDH condemns this arbitrary decision aiming at silencing this human rights defender, and encourages you to join the general mobilisation launched by FIDH and calling for its immediate and unconditional release.

Support Ales Bialiatski, Vice-president of FIDH, detained since August 4th 2011 - 24 October 2011

Ales Bialiatski, Vice President of the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) and Chairman of the Viasna Human Rights Center has been detained since August 4th in Belarus. Prosecuted for tax evasion, Ales Bialiatski was sentenced to three to seven years in prison. The International Community is mobilizing around him, as a symbol of the struggle for the rights of the Belarusian people.

Migrant rights: the big losers in the new European strategy directed at the countries of the southern Mediterranean in transition to democracy? - 29 June 2011

The EMRHN published, right before the European Council of June 23rd and 24th, a position paper on migrants’ rights related to the strategy of member States in the field of migrations.

The EMHRN network publishes the report "Calais, the violence of the border" - 4 May 2011

AEDH participated in the writing of the report "Calais, the violence of the border", issued by the EMHRN Network which details the results of a fact-finding mission to Calais and the surrounding area in order to investigate impacts of the police clamp down on the situation of migrants and refugees rights in the region.

April, 14th 2009 - European Civic Forum: Manifesto for a genuine European Civil Dialogue

Mobilized beyond the diversity of their field of work for the European elections 2009, around a Manifesto for a genuine civil dialogue, NGOs networks wished to call on European political parties about the role of civil society organizations in a more participative democracy.

February, 26th 2009 - European Civic Forum: The European Parliament upholds the creation of European statutes for associations, mutual societies and foundations

The European Parliament adopted on 19 February by a large majority the report on social economy drawn up by the MEP Patrizia Toia, Commission “Employment and social affairs”.

November, 18th 2008 - HRDN: Manifesto on Human rights for the 2009 new European Parliament

Human rights obligations are enshrined in the treaty basis of the EU. The EU has created a number of instruments to protect and fulfil human rights at home and abroad. Building on this, the new European Parliament should push the EU to do much more to ensure that it delivers effectively on its human rights commitment. The manifesto is available in French, English, Spanish, German, Italian, Polish and Czech.

Newsletter April 2017 - Disregarding rule of law : After Hungary, who will dare ?

29 April 2017 - What did happen at AEDH in April ? Discover our statements including the joint letter addressed to the European Parliament to adopt a resolution on the situation in Hungary. Read our thematic analysis on the state of youth unemployment policies and our special report on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Newsletter March 2017 – How much do you want of Europe ?

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28 February 2017 - What did happen at AEDH in February ? Discover here

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Newsletter No 93 - 12 February 2010

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Newsletter No 92 - 5 February 2010

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Newsletter No 91(new format) - 29 January 2010

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Newsletter No 90 - 22 January 2010

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Newsletter No 89 - 15 January 2010

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Newsletter No 88 - 8 January 2010

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Newsletter No 87 - 18 December 2009

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Newsletter No 86 - 11 December 2009

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Newsletter No 85 - 4 December 2009

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Newsletter No 84 - 27 November 2009

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Newsletter No 83 - November, 20th 2009

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Newsletter No 82 - November, 13th 2009

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Newsletter No 81 - November, 6th 2009

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Newsletter No 80 - October, 30th 2009

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Newsletter No 79 - October, 23rd 2009

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Newsletter No 78 - October, 16th 2009

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Newsletter No 77 - October, 9th 2009

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Newsletter No 76 - October, 2nd 2009

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Newsletter No 75 - September, 25th 2009

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Newsletter No 74 - September, 18th 2009

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Newsletter No 73 - September, 11th 2009

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Newsletter No 72 - September, 4th 2009

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Newsletter No 71 - August, 28th 2009

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Newsletter No 70 - August, 21st 2009

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Newsletter No 69 - July, 24th 2009

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Newsletter No 68 - July, 17th 2009

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Newsletter No 67 - July, 10th 2009

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Newsletter No 66 - July, 3rd 2009

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Newsletter No 65 - June, 26th 2009

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Newsletter No 64 - June, 12th 2009

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Newsletter No 63 - June, 5th 2009

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Newsletter No 62 - May, 29th 2009

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Newsletter No 61 - May, 15th 2009

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Newsletter No 60 - May, 8th 2009

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Newsletter No 59 - April, 30th 2009

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Newsletter No 58 - April, 24th 2009

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Newsletter No 57 - April, 17th 2009

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Newsletter No 56 - April, 10th 2009

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Newsletter No 55 - April, 3rd 2009

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Newsletter No 54 - March, 27th 2009

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Newsletter No 53 - March, 20th 2009

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Newsletter No 52 - March, 13th 2009

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Newsletter No 51 - March, 6th 2009

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Newsletter No 50 - March, 2nd 2009

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