Around the World

Rwandan-mayros-trial-FranceFormer Rwandan mayors face Paris court over 1994 genocide charges – 10/05/2016

Tite Barahirwa and Octavien Ngenzi, two former Hutu leaders, face charges before a special court in France of genocide and crimes against humanity for allegedly conducting ‘massive and systematic’ executions of Tutsis in Rwanda in the east town of Kabarondo.

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Sadiq KhanGlobal press reaction to Sadiq Khan a mix of curiosity and ignorance – 09/05/2016

In London, the religion of the Labour candidate for the city’s mayor became an issue only when his Conservative opponent made it one, by attempting to link his rival to Islamist extremism. Abroad, however, the faith and family background of Sadiq Khan were seen through a somewhat different prism: among others, in France, the Netherlands, Germany, Swiss and USA headlines focused on the Muslim identity of the new mayor.

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People protest against the right-wing government in Warsaw, Poland, on May 07, 2016. Around a quarter of a million Poles flooded central Warsaw Saturday, marching to defend their country's place in the European Union and protest against moves by the right-wing government, which they say undermine democracy. Warsaw city hall said the protest drew some 240,000 people, making it one of the largest demonstrations since the 1989 collapse of communism in Poland. / AFP / WOJTEK RADWANSKI (Photo credit should read WOJTEK RADWANSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Thousands attend anti-government, pro-Europe march in Poland – 09/05/2016

Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets in Warsaw Saturday to protest against “anti-democratic” and “harmful” policies of Poland’s conservative government. Authorities estimated that 240,000 people took part in the demonstration which was held under the slogan: “We are and will remain in Europe.”

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Turkey-press-freedomCrackdown in Turkey’s Kurdish south-east turns journalists into ‘terrorists’ – 03/05/2016

On World Press Freedom Day, Turkey once again is pointed out for its non-respect of journalists as it was observed that reporters for pro-Kurdish media are routinely detained, while those of pro-government outlets cannot always write what they want.

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tories-vote-against-accepting-3000-child-refugeesTories vote against accepting 3,000 child refugees – 26/04/2016

A high-profile campaign for the UK to accept 3,000 child refugees stranded in Europe has failed after the government narrowly won a vote in the House of Commons rejecting the plan. MPs voted against the proposals by 294 to 276 on Monday. Accordding to observers, the Home Office’s argument that the bill would act as an incentive for refugees to make the dangerous Mediterranean crossing to Europe doesn’t reflect reality.

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Burundi-ICCBurundi faces ICC probe as political violence escalates – 26/04/2016

The International Criminal Court is to open a preliminary investigation into the year-long political violence in Burundi, the first step in the process towards prosecutions. Rights groups welcomed the decision, announced by Fatou Bensouda, the ICC chief prosecutor, on Monday, as more than 430 Burundians had been killed, 3,400 arrested and 230,000 forced to seek refuge abroad since the crisis began last April.

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Austria-elections-2016Austrian far-right party wins first round of presidential vote – 25/04/2016

Austria’s far right won more than a third of the vote in the presidential election on Sunday and will face an independent in next month’s run-off, dumping out the country’s two main parties from the post for the first time. Norbert Hofer from the Freedom Party and who ran on an anti-immigrant and anti-Europe platform, won 36.4 percent of the vote to become head of state.

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3801Angela Merkel faces call to raise freedom of speech on Turkey visit – 22/04/2016

Coming on the anniversary of the foundation of Turkey’s parliament, and a day before many people commemorate the start of the Armenian genocide,  secularists and minorities in Turkey will hope for a signal against Turkey’s authoritarian turn from the German chancellor awaited in Turkey, alongside the European Council president, Donald Tusk, and European commission vice-president Frans Timmermans.

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3289Hundreds feared dead in migrant shipwreck off Libya – 21/04/2016

Five hundreds of people are feared to have drowned in the southern Mediterranean last week. A death toll of just half the size would bring the total number of mortalities in the Mediterranean in 2016 to over 1,000 – more than a quarter of last year’s record tally. Survivors won’t be deported to Turkey and, as a result, their arrivals highlight the limits of the EU-Turkey deal as a means of preventing migration to Europe.

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Reporter without border 2015 reportEuropean press freedom under threat according to Reporters Without Borders 2015 report – 20/04/2016

Attacks, conflict and repressive security laws are putting journalists under increasing pressure, even in Europe, according to Reporters Without Borders. Turkey notably ranks 151 out of 180 countries. However freedom of press was also marked by autocratic authorities and attacks against journalists in Poland, Hungary and Germany.

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Lutz BachmannGerman far-right Pegida founder Bachmann in race trial – 19/04/2016

The founder of Germany’s anti-Islamist Pegida movement has gone on trial in Dresden on hate speech charges. Lutz Bachmann, 43, is accused of inciting racial hatred in Facebook posts, in which he called refugees “cattle”, “scumbags” and “filth”.

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Sonia Rolland-LCPSonia Rolland and her movie « Rwanda, History of a reconstruction » against genocide denial – 15/04/2016

Franco-Rwanda Sonia Rolland, author of « Rwanda, history of a reconstruction » was invited by LCP Radio on April 11th, 2016 to discuss with Jean-Marie Vianney Ndagijimana, former Minister of Foreign Affairs for Rwanda (1994) ; François Loncle, socialist MP for Eure and former member of the French Parliamentary Mission on Rwanda (1998), and RFI journalist M. Boisbouvier.

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Volodymyr GroysmanUkraine parliament approves Volodymyr Groysman as new PM – 14/04/2016

Ukraine’s parliament has approved a key presidential ally as prime minister, in the country’s biggest political shakeup since the 2014 uprising. The new government could end months of political infighting, but reformists have expressed concern over the departure of experienced western-backed technocrats from the cabinet.

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Bulgaria-citizens-patrolsCitizen’s arrest’ of migrants in Bulgaria condemned by rights groups – 14/04/2016

The video of three migrants seen with their hands tied and being shouted at to leave Bulgaria after having been arrested by local citizens patrols raised indignation amongst human rights groups.

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Burundi-situation-april-2016The world looks away as blood flows in Burundi – 11/04/2016

More than a quarter of a million people have fled in terror as opposition militias plot their return. Survivors warn that, as the violence spirals and rumours grow of opposition militias training in neighbouring countries, a government fearful of losing its grip has resorted to the poisonous ethnic propaganda that fuelled the country’s past wars and the genocide in neighbouring Rwanda.

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Reforme-BruxellesEU unveils plans to reform asylum rules to help frontline members – 08/04/2016

EU authorities in Brussels have called for a reform of European asylum rules to ease the strain on countries such as Greece and Italy that are struggling to cope with a large influx of people. The centrepiece of the wide-ranging reform plan unveiled by the European commission on Wednesday is a shakeup of the Dublin regulation.

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Refugee crisis: Greece starts deporting first migrants to Turkey – 04/04/2016

Greece began deporting failed asylum seekers on Monday, taking the first group of migrants on boats from the island of Lesbos under an EU plan to limit the numbers arriving in Europe. Meanwhile, the first 24 Syrian migrants to be transported directly from Turkey to the EU, under the EU-Turkey refugee pact, arrived in Germany, amid Europe-wide political and public concern about the scheme.

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Turkish-journalists-USATurkish journalists in clashes with bodyguards during Erdoğan’s US visit – 01/04/2016

Turkish journalists have accused Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s security detail of kicking, shoving and verbally abusing them on Thursday in an attempt to bar them from a Washington DC thinktank where the president was giving a speech.

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Vojislav-SeseljVojislav Seselj, Serbian Nationalist, Is Acquitted of War Crimes by Hague Tribunal – 01/04/2016

A United Nations tribunal on Thursday acquitted Serbian nationalist, Vojislav Seselj, of war crimes and of crimes against humanity for his role in the Balkan wars of the 1990s, igniting a celebration by his followers and outrage among relatives of the victims.

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Right-wing, racist protest in Brussels’ Molenbeek district banned – 31/03/2016Francoise-Schepmans-Molenbeek

Following terrorist attacks in Brussels on March 22nd, Authorities have barred a far-right group from conducting a planned anti-Islam demonstration in the Brussels neighborhood of Molenbeek. Officials said they feared the protests could spark violent clashes.

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Armenia-genocide-PhotographDiana Markosian’s best photograph: the 105-year-old Armenian who escaped genocide – 31/03/2016

As an Armenian born in Moscow and raised in America, photograph Diana Markosian embraced the Armenian part of her family history through a serie of photographs implying centenarian survivors of the Armenian genocide perpetrated  in 1915.

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Hollande-Binationality-withdrawalHollande withdraws post-attacks constitutional reform plans – 30/03/2016

French President Francois Hollande has scrapped planned constitutional reforms in the wake of the 13 November attacks on Paris, including a measure to strip convicted terrorists of their nationality.

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000_9107L-e14587405107481Slovak MPs Wear Yellow Star ‘Holocaust’ Badges to Protest ‘Fascist’ Party – 25/03/2016
To protest the recent parliamentary debut of the far-right political party, Our Slovakia, that won 14 seats during March 5 elections, two Slovak Members of Parliament (MPs), considering this party to be “fascist”, wore yellow star badges reminiscent of what Jews were forced to wear during the Holocaust in a session.

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25Karadzic-web4-master675Radovan Karadzic, former Bosnian Serb leader, Gets 40 Years Over Genocide and War Crimes – 24/03/2016

Radovan Karadzic was convicted of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, by a United Nations tribunal on Thursday for leading a campaign of terror against civilians that included the slaughter of 8,000 Bosnian Muslims at Srebrenica in 1995 and the nearly four-year siege of Sarajevo. Mr. Karadzic, 70, was sentenced to 40 years in prison.

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BrusselOur response to the Brussels bombings requires patience and restraint by Simon Jenkins – 23/03/2016

The purpose of terrorism is not to destroy or kill. It is to pursue a political cause through the massive publicity that is attached to terrifying incidents. Today’s bombs in Brussels are patently intended to do just that. The explosive force derives from our reaction to it, from the public attention awarded to it and from the response of the political community.

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The hunt for Radovan Karadžić, ruthless warlord turned ‘spiritual healer’ – 23/03/2016

As the Hague war crimes tribunal prepares Radovan Karadžić judgment, Julian Borger describes how the trail led to the door of a bearded therapist in Belgrade. A guilty verdict is expected by almost everyone involved in the case.

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Kosovo-tear-gasKosovo opposition release teargas in parliament – 11/03/2016

The opposition party in Kosovo released teargas twice during a parliamentary session on Thursday. The first incident caused a break in the assembly. The second saw the session continue without interruption. The opposition party has been protesting against the government’s EU-brokered deal with Serbia in August that gave the Serbian ethnic minority in Kosovo greater powers.

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Guy-Verhofstadt-Eu-TurkeyGuy Verhofstadt on the EU-Turkey summit : « This Turkish deal is illegal and betrays Europe’s values » – 10/03/2016

According to Guy Verhofstadt, Member of the European Parliament, the refugee crisis won’t be solved by the EU signing a pact with an increasingly authoritarian regime. In a press box, he describes why the EU approach in the EU-Turkey summit of “one-in, one-out” is not just immoral, but fundamentally flawed.

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The leftist anti-immigration party of Slovak prime minister Robert Fico has won the parliamentary election with 28.7% of the vote, according to almost complete results: that is far ahead of others. However, gains by opposition parties including far-right extremists will complicate formation of a new government.

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EU migrant crisis: France starts clearing Calais “Jungle” – 29/02/2016

French demolition teams acting on an eviction order have begun dismantling huts with hammers in part of the Calais migrant camp known as the Jungle. French officials say public areas in the camp such as places of worship or schools will not be affected and describe the clearance as a « humanitarian operation ».

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Angela Merkel defends Germany’s open border for migrants – 29/02/2016

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday defended her open-door policy for migrants, rejecting any limit on the number of refugees allowed into her country despite divisions within her government.

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Burundi: time for tough messages – 26/02/2016

Amid continued violence and a dangerous polarisation between the Burundi government and opposition, a delegation of African Union (AU) heads of state will visit Bujumbura on 25-26 February. Mandated by the recent AU summit and led by South African President Jacob Zuma, the five heads of state need to deliver tough messages to both President Pierre Nkurunziza and the armed opposition.

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A book testifies of C215 commitment for Rwanda – 26/02/2016

Christian Guémy, also known as street-artist C215, spend 3 weeks in Rwanda, in August 2015 to paint portraits of righteous people, that is people who saved Hutus during the Genocide against the Tutsis in 1994, that led to the death of more than one million persons. He also portrayed a few survivors saved by these Righteous people.

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Hungary’s prime minister says accepting Syrian refugees “also means importing terrorism, criminalism anti-Semitism and homophobia” – 26/02/2016

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has recently gained notoriety for his rhetoric and policies toward the ongoing refugee crisis. In an interview conducted by Kai Diekmann, the publisher of the German news publication BILD and a Business Insider contributing editor, several topics are discussed with Viktor Orban.

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Response to Head of the OSCE Mission to Serbia, Ambassador Peter Burkhard – 24/02/2016

The response of the OSCE Chair to the Head of the OSCE Mission to Serbia, Ambassador Peter Burkhard, globally lauds the mission as a success and Serbia as a country performing progresses in several domains. In this context, the United States observes that the OSCE Mission plays a vital role in the country’s development and allows it to be committed to regional and international stability.

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Boris Johnson joins campaign to leave EU – 22/02/2016

David Cameron takes his battle to keep Britain in the EU to MPs on Monday after hitting the most serious political obstacle yet when Boris Johnson announced on Sunday that “after a huge amount of heartache” he is to back the leave campaign.

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Jude Law urges British government to let children in Calais ‘Jungle’ migrant camp into UK if they have family here – 22/02/2016

Actor Jude Law has called for the British Government to allow children living in the Calais “Jungle” to come to the UK if they already have relatives living here and to delay the demolition of the southern part of the camp until children are granted protection by French or British authorities.

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UN war crimes court to unveil Karadzic verdict March 24 – 19/02/2016

After seven years behind bars, former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic will finally learn next month whether judges have found him guilty of some of Europe’s worst atrocities since World War II. He will be the highest level official to be judged for crimes committed during the Balkan wars, after Slobodan Milosevic, the late Serbian president, died in 2006 while on trial.

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Lithuania Book Sparks Soul-Searching About Holocaust Complicity – 19/02/2016

Ruta Vanagaite’s latest book, “Musiskiai” (“Our People”), is a travelogue about the Holocaust consisting of interviews with witnesses to the atrocities perpetrated by Lithuanians against their Jewish neighbors, a taboo topic in Lithuania. However, this book might embody a change in the way Lithuanians perceives this part of their history.

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memorial-de-biseseroRwandan Genocide: Why did the French army delayed taking action in Bisesero ? – 18/02/2016

Guillaume Ancel, former officer in the French Army during “Operation Turquoise” in 1994 published on the 16th of February 2016 an article in Le Monde to clarify the reasons leading the French Army not to take immediate action in Bisesero.

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Burundi-Radio-witch-huntRadio Silence: Burundi’s media targeted in ongoing political crisis – 17/02/2016

According to observers, the Burundi’s government increases actions against independent media, in order to prevent them to report on the ongoing political crisis. As last attack it demanded the repatriation of seven journalists currently living in exile due to their alleged role in a recent coup attempt.

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European countries must stop forced evictions of Roma – 17/02/2016

Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights released letters to the governments of Albania, Bulgaria, France, Hungary, Italy, Serbia and Sweden pointing out serious forms of discrimination and human rights violations by national and local authorities against Roma people.

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“Wall of Love” commemorates Paris Attacks – 17/02/2016

In an effort to heal and bring peace to their neighborhood, residents of the 10th Arrondissement invited street and graffiti artists to paint on a blocklong wall near two cafes that were attacked.

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Black in the USSR: what’s life like for a Russian of colour? – 16/02/2016

Photograph Johnson Artur is one of a small population of “Russians of colour” born to Russian mothers and African or Caribbean fathers who were offered free university education in the Soviet Union during the Cold War. Alongside journalist Sarah Bentley, she decided to document the stories of some of the 40,000 other “Russians of colour”

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sushma-Roma-IndiaRomas are India’s children: Sushma Swaraj – 15/02/2016

At the occasion of the inauguration of the three-day International Roma Conference and Cultural Festival 2016 organised by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and the Antar Rashtriya Sahayog Parishad (ARSP)-Bharat, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said that the people of the Roma community spread across various parts of the world are children of India.

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French authorities want to evacuate hundreds from migrant camp – 15/02/2016

French authorities, through the government local representative, Fabienne Buccio, announced on Friday their will to move up to 1000 migrants currently living in the south part of the “Jungle” camp nearby Calais. The inhabitants of the camp have one week to take up places that will be made available.

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Remembering Alison des Forges – 12/02/2016

On February 12th, 2009, Alison Des Forges, academic, « seeker of truth » and specialist of Rwanda died in a plane crash in Buffalo. Her research on war and genocide in Rwanda led her to be heard several times by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) as well as by national tribunals as an expert.

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Erdogan to EU: “We’re not idiots”, threatens to send refugees – 12/02/2016

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan lashed out against the EU on Thursday (11 February) and threatened to send millions of refugees in Turkey to the bloc’s member states, just as NATO agreed to deploy ships in the Aegean Sea to ease the migrant crisis.

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Reinhold Hanning, former Auschwitz guard, goes on trial in Germany – 11/02/2016

A 94-year-old former guard at Auschwitz goes on trial in Germany on Thursday accused of being an accessory to the murder of at least 170,000 people — the first of four such court cases that could be the last due to the very old age of the defendants.

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Georgia proposes “blasphemy bill” to outlaw religious insults – 10/02/2016

Georgia -one of the world’s most religious and sensitive relating to this issue nations – is planning a “blasphemy bill” that will make religious irreverence punishable by law. This situation arouses concerns about freedom of expression and critics say the bill – that is currently headed for the parliamentary floor – could be used against any organizations not following the official church line.

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The History behind Black History Month – 10/02/2016

Black History Month is a tradition that evolved since 1915 and the foundation of the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History. Nowadays, a hundred years after the beginning of this tradition, black millennials are reframing Woodson’s idea from highlighting black history to highlighting black futures.

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Brussels and Berlin plan to send armed forces to Greek-FYROM Border – 09/02/2016

To better handle the refugee crisis causing struggle in Europe, the EU is considering adopting tougher measures to stop the refugee flow originating from Greece. In this context, the plan to strengthen the borders between Greece and FYROM is gaining popularity and has been discussed as an effective solution.

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Black Future Month: Examining the current state of black lives and envisioning where we go from here – 09/02/2016

The Black History Month takes place in February in the USA and Canada.  However, given the perpetuation of racial discriminations against Black people in today’s society, solely commemorate the past isn’t enough for the Black Lives Matters movement calling to rebrand the event as Black Future Month.

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French general testifies in genocide against the Tutsis hearing – 08/02/2016

For the first time since survivors filed a complaint in France in 2005, pointing out the role and even complicity of French troops and government in the genocide against the Tutsis perpetrated in 1994, a French general testified in a probe into the role of French forces.

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Pegida UK supporters stage anti-Islam silent march in Birmingham – 08/02/2016

The Pegida rally in UK on Saturday took place in a quiet atmosphere despite fears of violence and incidents that however bursted out in twin demonstrations in Calais and Amsterdam, leading to the police firing tear gas and arresting some protesters. However, the movement’s UK leader, Tommy Robinson, attempts to use this “quiet” manifestation to demonstrate that Pegida is a movement “people can support”.

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Greek islanders to be nominated for Nobel peace prize – 04/02/2016

Most of the 900 000 refugees that entered Europe last year arrived first scared and soaked on the coasts of the Greek islands in the Aegan Sea to be welcomed by the islanders, who often gave up their work to rescue people. These acts of solidarity and compassion lead today several networks to support these people as nominee for the Nobel Peace prize.

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Paris Police Clear Sprawling Roma Camp at City’s Edge – 04/02/2016

French Justice sided with the national railway authority SNCF and ordered the clearing of a place belonging to the SNCF on which a large shantytown inhabited by hundreds of Roma used to stand, on the edge of Paris, near Porte de Clignancourt. However, NGO’s, including Amnesty International, contest this expulsion taking place during the winter break and going against the building of a lasting housing solution for these Roma inhabitants.

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The missing of Ukraine’s sons – 03/02/2016

The conflict in Ukraine opposing pro-Russian separatists to Ukrainian forces since mid-2014 led to an increase of conscriptions, mainly of young men. Hundreds of them are now missing, supposedly dead but with no confirmation, putting their relatives in desperate situations as the truth on the fate of their sons is hard to obtain.

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Drowned world: art and refugees in Europe’s first undersea sculpture museum – 03/02/2016

Jason deCaires Taylor, artist and naturalist sculptor designed a new kind of exhibition at 15 meters under the surface of sea, nearby the coast of Lanzarote. Part of the exhibition is dedicated to the desperate travel of refugees fleeing overseas toward Europe.

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Provocative-survey-FranceA biased survey causes controversy in France – 02/02/2016

A survey commissioned by the Jewish foundation of France and published on Sunday is accused of exacerbating social tensions in a French society still marked by the attacks of the 13th of November. Beyond the results of the poll stating that French people widely appear to be intolerant with Muslim and Jewish French communities, it is the polling method used that is criticized.

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Clashes-Dover-January-2016Far right and anti-fascist protesters clash in Dover – 02/02/2016

Dover is one of the places where far-right movements’ sympathizers and anti-fascist protesters happened to confront over last months. Last weekend, tensions grew as clashes caused several injuries when armed far-right protesters bypassed police lane to attack the anti-fascist demonstration.

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Ai Weiwei poses as drowned Syrian infant refugee in ‘haunting’ photo – 01/02/2016

Engaged in several projects relating to the refugee crisis and profoundly moved by their individual often hopeless situations, Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, released a photo of him lying on a pebbled beach using the same pose as the 3 year old Aylan Kurdi who drowned near the Turkish town of Bodrum in a failed attempt to reach the European Union.

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Exposure of fresh evidences of mass graves in Burundi – 01/02/2016

Since April 2015, Burundi experiences a troublesome situation as President Pierre Nkurunziza announced his will to run for a third term in office. Following street protests led by the opposition, fighting and violence keep increasing weeks after weeks leading to genuine fear of a potential genocide perpetrated by security forces. A fear appearing to become concrete as satellite images appears to demonstrate the existence of mass graves.

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From hero to villain – Denmark’s international reputation took a hit over new refugee law – 29/01/2016

Denmark is severly criticized since the adoption of a new refugees’ law implying that asylum seekers can be seized from their belongings in order to cover the cost of their taking over. The disappointment is even more important that Denmark had built a reputation of openness and defender of Human Rights, particularly since the release of cartoons of the prophet Muhammad in 2006.

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Denis Goldberg receives the Freedom of the City of London – 28/01/2016

Denis Goldberg was trialed and sentenced in 1964 by South Africa as “South Africa’s most dangerous white man” due to his engagement along Nelson Mandela against the Apartheid policy. Today, along Ahmed Kathrada (also imprisoned) and Lord Joel Joffe and George Bizos, the lawyers who defended them during the Rivonia Trial in 1963-1964, he is honored with the Freedom of the City of London.

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Undoing years of Progress inTurkey – The view of Abdullah Demirbas – 28/01/2016

Abdullah Demirbas, mayor of Diyarbakir city from 2004 to 2014, deplores the war situation experienced by the town and country since the resurgence of the Turkish-Kurdish conflict last year. He fears that a new angrier generation of young Kurdish growing up with the trauma of killing, destruction and forced migration will strongly reduce the chances of a peaceful settlement through dialogue in years to come.

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Ai-WeiweiAi Weiwei closes his exhibition in Denmark as protest at asylum-seeker law – 28/01/2016

The dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei decided to prematurely close his exhibition, Ruptures, taking place in Copenhagen and initially due to shut down in mid-April. This symbolic gesture follows the adoption by the Danish government of a law allowing authorities to confiscate refugees’ belongings and to prevent families to be reunited within three years.

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Resignation of Christiane Taubira, French Justice Minister – 27/01/2016

Christiane Taubira resigned today from her position as French justice minister assessing that “Sometimes to resist means staying, sometimes to resist means leaving”. She aims to express her disapproval of President Hollande’s measure regarding the loss of nationality for bi-nationals convicted of terrorism, concerned that such a decision might send a message that French citizens could be divided into two categories.

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International Holocaust Remembrance Day – 27/01/2016

Echoing the liberation of the concentration and extermination camp of Auschwitz Birkenau on the 27th of January 1945, the International Holocaust Remembrance Day urges every member nation to the UN to commemorate the memory of Holocaust victims and to promote the development of educational programs about Holocaust history to help prevent future acts of genocide.

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Loldiers of Odin versus Soldiers of Odin in Finland – 26/01/2016

To fight against the anti-immigrants patrols performed by the right-wing organization Soldiers of Odin, a troupe of clowns, dressed in typically colorful garb and calling themselves the Loldiers of Odin decided to set up a counter-patrol to make the streets “safer and hilarious-er”.

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Australia-Day Australia Day’s controversy: celebration, mourning, invasion, survival? – 26/01/2016

Today, 26th of January, marks the celebrations of the “Australia Day” commemorating the landing of the first British fleet in Australia. However, this date is perceived by a lot of Indigenous communities as a day of mourning and loss of their land, prevented from recognition due to the “sugar-coating” of this day.

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Life vest wearing mannequins used in protest in Amsterdam – 25/01/2016

EU Interior Ministers gather today in Amsterdam for a meeting discussing the refugee crisis. In this context, as Europe seeks to ensure its border’s safety, implying measures such as migrant’s retention and identities controls, protesters have taken to the water in a boat crammed with life vest wearing mannequins to be displayed in Amsterdam.

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Worrying levels of state repression in Egypt – 25/01/2016

Campaigning journalist, Hossam Bahgat – recently detained by military authorities – speaks out the state repression in Egypt. Despite the approaching fifth anniversary of the Arab Spring, he assesses that state repression is greater today than under the Mubarak regime.

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Norway faces criticism for the deportation of asylum seekers to Russia – 20/01/2016 

As about 30 000 people claimed asylum in Norway in 2015, the country is critcized for the deportation of asylum seekers to Russia, only hours following the rejection of their applications, preventing them to appeal of this decision and likely to put them in life-threatening danger.

Read more on the EGAM website and here.

France : release of the report on attacks based on religious belonging in 2015 – 20/01/2016

The annual report led by the Dilcra shows  that hate crimes against Muslims in France tripled in 2015, rising up from 133 to 429. On the other hand, assaults against Jewish individuals and sites remain at a high level with 806 attacks recorded, and attacks against Christian’s sites rose by 20%.

Read more on the EGAM website and here.




Commemoration of Hrant Dink’s assasination – 19/01/2016

Hrant Dink, editor-in-chief of the bi-weekly Agos newspaper, was shot in the head on the 19th of January 2007 in front of his office. On the occasion of the 9th anniversary of Hrant Dink’s assassination, huge gathering happened in Istanbul around his office, as people demand that the masterminds behind the murder are brought to justice.

Read more on the EGAM website and here.



migrants-GermanyCalls to close borders to refugees in Germany – 19/01/2016

Angela Merkel’s open-door refugee policy is once again contested by nearby partners as CSU transport minister, Alexander Dobrindt, urges Germany to prepare to close its border to stop the influx of refugees.

Read more on the EGAM website and here.




According to Czech President, Milos Zeman, integrating Muslims is “practically impossible” – 18/01/2016

Well-known for his anti-migrant position and rhetoric, the Czech President asserted during a TV interview that the experience of western European countries based on “ghettos and excluded localities shows that the integration of the Muslim community is practically impossible”.

Read more on the EGAM website and here.




Beate Klarsfeld witnesses massacres in Burundi : “If nothing is done, mindless killings will go on” – 15/01/2016

Beate Klarsfed, recently appointed Honorary Ambassador for the United Nations on Teaching the Holocaust and preventing genocide, went to Bujumbura to witness massacres. Her aim is to alert the international community by reporting on the situation and to convince the Burundian government of the validity of UN mediation.

Read more on the EGAM website and here (French).



Poland-protests-media-law-january-2016Brussels launches unprecedented EU inquiry into rule of law in Poland – 14/01/2016

Concerned about freedom and pluralism of the media following the new legislation adopted by Poland’s ruling party PiS, the European Commission decided to launch an unprecedented inquiry whose principles were adopted in 2014.

Read more on the EGAM website and here.



denmark-migrants-AFPDenmark: a controversial bill consider seizing the valuables of refugees – 14/01/2016

Danish parliament is to discuss a controversial bill planning to search asylum seekers’ belongings and to confiscate worthy items. Aiming to finance part of the resettling’ costs, the bill has been backed by a majority in Parliament, though having been condemned by the UN refugee agency and human rights defenders.

Read more on the EGAM website and here.




European commission to debate Poland’s controversial new laws – 13/01/2016

The Law and Justice Polish government adopted last week new bills providing it with extra-powers over the media, the public broadcasting executive staff and the Supreme Court. A context pushing the European Commission to gather in order to discuss the situation in Poland and the EU rule of law framework.

Read more on the EGAM website and here.




Following the Istanbul blast: time for a change in Erdogan’s policies against ISIS/Daech and Kurds? – 13/01/2016

The terrorist attack in central Istanbul on the 12th of January 2016 that targeted tourists was claimed by ISIS/Daech, thus pointing out Turkey’s precarious position in the fight against ISIS/Daech and the unnecessary focus of the government on the “Kurdish threat” monopolizing its military forces in south-east regions.

Read more on the EGAM website and here.




Attack on a Jewish teacher in Marseille – 13/01/2016

On the 11th of January a 15 years old boy, claiming to actin the name of the jihadist Islamic State (ISIS/Daech), attacked a Jewish teacher in Marseille. This aggression is not the only one targeting Jews over the last months and it asks again the question of the wearing of the kippah in public places.

Read more on the EGAM website and here.



UN-BirthdayBash70th anniversary of the UN General Assembly – 12/01/2016

On the 10th of January 1946, 51 nations gathered to order the first meeting of the UN General Assembly. 70 years later, the body now composed of 193 members has become a true “Parliament for all people” says Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Read more on the EGAM website and on the UN website.




A little-known population of the Calais « Jungle » : unaccompanied minors – 11/01/2016

The death of Masud, a 15 year old Afghan who died trying to reach Great Britain by its own means shocked many and put in light the failures of certain administrations in charge of migrants files.

Read more on the EGAM website and on The Guardian.



Turkish-kurdish-conflict-january-2016Deadly developments in the Kurdish/Turkish conflict – 11/01/2016

The peace process launched by the AKP government with the jailed leader of PKK, in 2012 came to an end on July 2015 when the kurdish insurgency resumed in South-East regions of Turkey. The armed conflict saw its deadliest weekend since last July with 32 members of the PKK killed.

Read more on the EGAM website and on The Guardian.



Controversy around blackface – An opinion of Sisonke Msimang – 11/01/2016

South African writer, Sisonke Msimang, tries to explain why, beyond good intention, the cultural background of racism against black people, especially through the use of blackface, led people to describe the work of Hungarian journalist Boglarka Balogh as racist and insulting.

Read more on the EGAM website and on The Guardian.



Fanning-the-flammes-Germany-New-Year's-EveG. Hinsliff’s opinion on German’s New Year’s Eve – Why is self-censorship of liberals dangerous?- 8/01/2016

For Gaby Hinsliff, columnist at The Guardian, the fact that liberals, antiracists and pro-immigrations officials and organizations prevent themselves from openly discuss the New Year’s assaults in Cologne is dangerous for the building of an open society able to integrate refugees given that self-censorship favors xenophobes and anti-immigration supporters.

Read more on the EGAM website and on The Guardian.



François Crepeau-ONURefugees in Europe – Propositions to change the Geneva Convention on Refugees – 07/01/2016

One of the latest developments in the opposition to the welcoming of refugees was made by Lars Rasmussen, Prime Minister of Denmark, suggesting modifying the 1951 refugee convention signed by the UN members. As an answer, two senior UN officials warned against this temptation and underlined the importance of the refugee conventions as one of the greatest instrument developed by humanity.

Read more on the EGAM website and on The Guardian.



Une-Charlie-Hebdo-06-01-2016Provocative commemorative front page of Charlie Hebdo – 06/01/2016

Today, Charlie Hebdo decided to pay a tribute to its deceased colleagues and the victims of last January deadly attacks led by extremists linked to Daech/ISIS by stating on its front page its everlasting anti-clerical position and freedom of expression with a provocative cartoon of a Kalashnikov bearer and bloodstained God.

Read more on the EGAM website and on The Guardian.



Boris-Nemtsov-image-votive“My friend Nemtsov” documentary film – 06/01/2016

The film dedicated to the Russian opponent assassinated on February 26th, 2015 in Moscow, won’t be released in Russia as it received no license due to a game of censorship concerning the slangy language used in the documentary.

Read more on the EGAM website and on Le Monde.



Sweden-border-closure-illustration-of-a-trainSweden and Denmark crack down on refugees at borders – 5/01/2016

On the 4th of January 2016, Sweden and Denmark finally tightened border controls on the Oresund Bridge, linking Malmo in Sweden to Copenhagen in Denmark, a main daily commute used by Danes and Swedes. Announced by the end of 2015 these measures are aiming to contain the influx of Refugees coming from Germany and passing through Denmark to reach Sweden.

Read more on the EGAM website and on The Guardian



Broken-France-tribune-Dominique-Sopo-LiberationOpen editorial by Dominique Sopo – “Monsieur le Président, vous n’avez pas honte ? » – 05/01/2016

Traditionally a right wing and extreme-right wing idea, the deprivation of nationality for dual nationals was endorsed by French President François Hollande and its Prime Minister Manuel Valls on the aftermath of the attacks perpetrated in Paris on the 13th of November, 2015.

Read more on the EGAM website and on Liberation.



4928Over a million migrants and refugees have reached Europe this year – 22/12/2015

The IOM has confirmed that over a million irregular migrants and refugees arrived in Europe in 2015, mostly from Syria, Africa and South Asia.

With arrivals of 4,141 migrants or refugees landing in Greece on Monday, IOM reports total arrivals to Europe at roughly 1,005,504, with just 3% coming by land.  The total is the highest migration flow since World War II.

Read more on the EGAM website.



5760Could the UN have done more to prevent Burundi’s escalating violence? – 21/12/2015

As UN warnings of the risk of genocide in Burundi reach fever pitch, some observers wonder if the organisation, which had a fully fledged political mission in the small central African country until just months before the latest chaos erupted, could have done more to prevent the violence.

Read more on the EGAM website and on The Guardian.



medupdate20151215-12015 to Break Records for Forced Displacement – 18/12/2015

To mark this year’s International Migrants Day on December 18, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is calling on the international community to come together and remember the refugees and migrants who have tragically lost their lives this year.

Read more on the EGAM website and on the UNHCR.



Cover_72dpiPEN report shows crackdown on Online Freedom in Turkey – 17/12/2015

Freedom of expression in the digital sphere has deteriorated dramatically in Turkey since the Gezi Park protests in March 2013 when peaceful demonstrations organised through social media were harshly repressed, according to a new report released today by PEN International and PEN Norway. The report is the third in a wide-ranging series monitoring and assessing such violations in the country since 2012.

Read more on the EGAM website and on the PEN website.




Ankara’s campaign in Kurdish Heartland Intensifies – 17/12/2015

Locked in their deadliest violence in two decades, conflicts between the Turkish state and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)  has intensified, in what the government is calling a “decisive” military campaign against militants fighting for autonomy.

Read more on the EGAM website and on the ICG.



UN urges immediate action to stop violence in Burundi – 16/12/2015
Amid the “deadly escalation” of violence in Burundi, the United Nations human rights chief sounded the alarm at the unfolding crisis in the country and urged all actors in the current crisis to take every step possible to stop the growing violence and engage in a meaningful and inclusive dialogue.

Read more on the EGAM website and on the UN website.




Screen Shot 2015-12-14 at 10.38.12France Says No to Policy of Hate and Fear Mongering – 14/12/2015

France’s far-right Front National has failed to win control of any regions in the final round of local elections despite a historically high score in the first-round when it was ranked as the most popular party in France.

Read more on the EGAM website and on Le Monde (French).




Fifty-five journalists have been killed across the world so far this year. In purely statistical terms, it signifies an improvement. It is six fewer than were killed last year and 17 fewer than in 2013.
Yet it is further evidence of the incredibly hostile condtions under which many journalists work, conditions that have seen a total of 597 killed over the past decade because of their journalistic activities.

Read more here and read the CPJ report here.




Top Suspect in Genocide against the Tutsi’s Arrested – 11/12/2015

One of the prime suspects wanted for atrocities in the 1994 genocide against the Tutsis was arrested this week in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the United Nations has announced.
Ladislas Ntaganzwa, 53, a former mayor, is accused of helping organize the massacre of more than 20,000 Tutsis during the genocide in Rwanda, in which nearly one million people were killed.

Read more ont he EGAM website and here (French).




Human Rights Day – 10/12/2015

To promote and raise awareness of the two Covenants on their 50th anniversary, the UN Human Rights Office is launching on HumanRightsDay “Our Rights. Our Freedoms. Always.” a year-long campaign to shine a light on the inalienable and inherent rights of global citizens — now, and always.

Read more on the EGAM website and on the ONU website.




Nobel Peace Prize for the Tunisia Quartet – 9/12/2015

In the summer of 2013, Tunisia was in crisis. The optimism of the Arab Spring revolution three years before, which saw the overthrow of dictator Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, had vanished. In its place were protests, strikes and terrorist attacks.
Veering towards a civil war, crisis in Tunisia was averted when the leaders of the four of the most powerful institutions took a stand for democracy; one which would ultimately gain them the Nobel Peace Prize. Due to collect the world’s supreme accolade in Oslo this week, you can read the full story of the National Dialogue Quartet here./