• Asylum seekers and refugees regularly protest against conditions in reception centers and restrictions on freedom of movement. Parliament rejected bills to enhance penalties for racially-motivated crimes as well as a bill to introduce hate crimes as specific offences. Following violent clashes with protesters, Hamburg police imposed in January 2014 a ten-day “danger zone” in much of the city, allowing them to stop anyone without reasonable suspicion of wrongdoing. Opposition parties raised questions about the involvement of German government agencies in mass surveillance by the US authorities. At least three German states forcibly return Roma, Ashkali, and Egyptians to Kosovo despite concerns about discrimination and inadequate integration measures upon return.

  • Rasul Jafarov, a leading Azerbaijani human rights defender and government critic, is escorted by police officers into a van in Baku, Azerbaijan.
    In a month’s time, on June 12, Baku, the capital of oil-rich Azerbaijan, will be putting on another glitzy show for international visitors. Three years ago it was the Eurovision Song Contest, now it’s the European Games, an Olympics-style multi-sport event for which Baku was the only bidder.

Reports

Germany

  • May 13, 2015
    Ten years ago security forces gunned down hundreds of protesters in the city of Andjian, eastern Uzbekistan. The massacre on May 13, 2005 was one of the largest mass killings in the former Soviet Union outside of an armed conflict since the fall of Communism. It sent shockwaves around the world, highlighting the brutal human rights record of Uzbekistan’s authoritarian president, Islam Karimov, who remains in power.
  • May 12, 2015
  • May 12, 2015
    In a month’s time, on June 12, Baku, the capital of oil-rich Azerbaijan, will be putting on another glitzy show for international visitors. Three years ago it was the Eurovision Song Contest, now it’s the European Games, an Olympics-style multi-sport event for which Baku was the only bidder.
  • Apr 29, 2015
    So far this year, at least 1,750 people have died in the Mediterranean trying to reach European shores on unseaworthy, overcrowded boats. More than 1,000 people died in a single week in April, making it the deadliest month on record on the world’s most dangerous migration route.
  • Apr 23, 2015
    The commitment by European Union heads of state to triple the capacity of Frontex operations in the Mediterranean is an important step towards preventing migrant deaths at sea.
  • Apr 22, 2015
  • Apr 19, 2015
    The European Union (EU) should act immediately to prevent further deaths at sea, Human Rights Watch said. As many as 700 migrants and asylum seekers are feared dead in a single shipwreck in the Mediterranean north of Libya on April 19, 2015, bringing the estimated death toll to over 1,000 in one week
  • Mar 27, 2015
    German apparel and footwear brands should promote workers’ rights in their global operations by publicly disclosing the factories producing their products.
  • Feb 25, 2015
    On the Mediterranean island of Lampedusa stands a graveyard filled with simple wooden crosses. We don’t know the names and stories of those buried there, except that they perished at sea trying to reach Europe, fleeing conflict in Syria, human-rights abuses in Somalia and Eritrea, poverty in West Africa.
  • Feb 20, 2015
    “Aman.” a 29-year-old Eritrean, had just described his arduous journey to Europe when I heard the news about hundreds of deaths in the Mediterranean.