• In the face of a political and economic crisis affecting the European Union and many of its member states, protection of human rights is rarely a priority – especially when those negatively affected were marginalized or unpopular groups, such as Roma, migrants, and asylum seekers. Despite deteriorating rights in Hungary and elsewhere, EU institutions largely failed to live up to the promise of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, with the European Council particularly reluctant to hold member states to account for abuse.

     

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    The European Union and its member states should do more to help the thousands of Syrian asylum seekers trying to reach Europe as the Syrian crisis worsens and winter sets in.

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Human Rights in the European Union

  • Apr 13, 2015
  • Mar 19, 2015
    This submission highlights areas of concern that Human Rights Watch hopes will inform the United Nations Human Rights Committee’s consideration of the Croatian government’s compliance with International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. This submission discusses the violations of the rights of people with disabilities, inadequate safeguards for unaccompanied migrant children, the human rights of minorities, and accountability for war crimes.
  • Mar 18, 2015
    Spain’s ruling Popular Party should withdraw a bill that would force 16 and 17-year-old girls to obtain the consent of their parents to terminate a pregnancy, 22 national and international rights groups said today in letters to the head of the party’s group of legislators in Congress and to UN bodies. The bill is under examination in Congress.
  • Mar 18, 2015
    We, the undersigned organizations are writing to urge your mandates to address an appeal to the Spanish government regarding the draft legislation “To increase protection for minors and women with reduced legal capacity in the termination of pregnancies” (Proposición de Ley Orgánica para reforzar la protección de las menores y mujeres con capacidad modificada judicialmente en la interrupción del embarazo). The draft legislation represents a serious threat to the sexual and reproductive health and rights of girls and would create unjustified barriers to accessing safe, legal abortions for 16- and 17-year-olds.
  • Mar 18, 2015
    We, the undersigned organisations, are writing to express our deep concern over the draft legislation “To increase protection for minors and women with reduced legal capacity in the termination of pregnancies” (Proposición de Ley Orgánica para reforzar la protección de las menores y mujeres con capacidad modificada judicialmente en la interrupción del embarazo). The draft legislation represents a serious threat to the sexual and reproductive health and rights of girls and would create unjustified barriers to accessing safe, legal abortions for 16- and 17-year-olds. We therefore respectfully request the withdrawal of the draft legislation proposed by the PP Parliamentary Group.
  • Mar 18, 2015
    We, the undersigned organizations are writing to urge your mandates to address an appeal to the Spanish government regarding the draft legislation “To increase protection for minors and women with reduced legal capacity in the termination of pregnancies” (Proposición de Ley Orgánica para reforzar la protección de las menores y mujeres con capacidad modificada judicialmente en la interrupción del embarazo). The draft legislation represents a serious threat to the sexual and reproductive health and rights of girls and would create unjustified barriers to accessing safe, legal abortions for 16- and 17-year-olds.
  • Mar 16, 2015
    This week, British MPs face a simple choice. They must decide if it is right that a woman who flees abuse should become an undocumented migrant just because she runs away.
  • Mar 13, 2015
    In the past twenty years, at least 15,000 people have died trying to reach Europe's shores from Africa and the Middle East. Many of those who died were refugees and asylum seekers, women and children, human beings fleeing wars, abject chaos and despair.
  • Mar 9, 2015
    The Spanish Senate should scrap a flawed draft law on public security that would undermine rights protections.
  • Mar 6, 2015
    The Brighton Declaration of 2012 recognized that the long-term sustainability of the European Convention must be built around better national implementation of Convention rights at the domestic level. Greater respect for human rights at home remains the most important way to ensure both the Convention and the Court function effectively.