The Human Rights and Democracy Network’s (HRDN) campaign Stand 4 Human Rights Defenders was launched on 12 November 2015 and runs until 12 November 2016. It promotes constructive dialogue between civil society organisations and EU actors so as to jointly identify practical actions that could be implemented by the EU in order to improve the effectiveness of its work on HRDs.
HRWF (13.07.2016) – The Anglican Church of Canada voted to authorise same-sex marriage one day after the church’s General Synod had voted it down by a narrow margin. Questions emerged about the integrity of the voting process, leading to a recount and overturning of the initial vote. The decision marked the culmination of several […]CONTINUE READING →
World Watch Monitor (14.07.2016) – http://bit.ly/29F3TJA – A female preacher was hacked to death in the early hours of 9 July near Nigeria’s capital. Eunice Elisha, a mother of seven, had gone out to preach as was usual, her husband, Olawale Elisha, a Redeemed Church of God Pastor, told local media. Later, two of their […]CONTINUE READING →
RNS (11.07.2016) – http://bit.ly/29tdSR4 – Several American-based religious denominations remain defiant in the face of new laws that would ban them from proselytizing in Russia. The so-called “Yarovaya laws” make it illegal to preach, proselytize or hand out religious materials outside of specially designated places. The laws also give the Russian government wide scope to […]CONTINUE READING →
By Javier El-Hage and Celine Assaf Boustani The Washington Post (12.07.2016) – http://wapo.st/29yqDVq – This week marked two years since a Saudi Arabian kangaroo court sentenced human rights lawyer Waleed Abulkhair to 15 years in prison for “inciting public opinion.” Abulkhair, 37, is one of the most visible representatives of Saudi Arabia’s beleaguered […]CONTINUE READING →
HRWF (14.07.2016) – Yesterday, a delegation from Ukraine was in Brussels to analyze and denounce the hybrid war fought by Moscow both on the Ukrainian territory but also in the EU and on internet. Two studies were presented by their authors at the European Parliament, in a press conference and at Ukraine’s embassy. Hybrid […]CONTINUE READING →