2017

 

The European Union’s engagement policy towards North Korea

By Zsuzsa Anna Ferenczy

This report provides an overview of the European Union’s policy towards North Korea. In particular it focuses on the European Parliament, as it is the most vocal institution in the European Union when it comes to speaking up against human rights violations in the world.  This piece reviews the policies that are in place towards North Korea, as well as the policy sections which have room for improvement. It conclusively highlights the real potential for the European Parliament to aid the complex processes of policy-making alongside other international actors.






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UK: The European Arrest Warrant in the Dock

By: Willy Fautré

This report details the case of Alexander Adamescu. Adamescu was arrested in London and threatened with extradition to Romania in a obviously politically motivated case. As is apparent in this piece, the EAW put forth by Romania should not be respected for there have been serious flaws in the judicial process of the case and because the evidence provided shows that upon his return to Romania, Adamescu would have his human rights severely violated.

In conclusion of our investigation, HRWF makes a series of recommendations to the European Union, European Commission, and European Council regarding the functioning of the European Arrest Warrant system, as well as to the Romanian authorities regarding the specific case of Alexander Adamescu.

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2016

 

 

Exploitation of North Korean Overseas Workers: Advocacy at the OSCE and in EU Institutions

By Willy Fautré

Paper presented at the conference “The North Korean Regime’s Human Rights Record” Inalco (French National Oriental Studies Institute)

According to numerous experts, close to 50,000 North Korean laborers worked this year in approximately fifteen countries on three continents (Asia, Africa and Europe), but in the past few decades, North Korean citizens had been officially dispatched to a total of forty-five countries. The exploitation of their workforce by their own regime is said to generate benefits in hard currencies amounting to 1.2 – 2.3 billion USD, a financial manna which is welcome to finance the nuclear program of North Korea. This report documents how different EU nations and international organisations have approached this situation.

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Diversity in Islam, a New Challenge to Religious Freedom Defenders

Which Muslim groups and their members should or should not be defended by religious freedom advocacy NGOs and human rights organizations? Who can claim the protection or not of their religious freedom? Which criteria should be used?

This paper will endeavor to address the challenge to religious freedom defenders posed by certain Islamic groups whose teachings and agendas lie in a grey area where politics, religion, and the use or advocacy of violence are difficult to disentangle.




 

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Religion, Violence and Human Rights: The European Court and Hizb ut-Tahrir

By: Willy Fautré

Report presented at the conference on “Religions and Human Rights” by the University of Padua on 15-16 April 2016

On two occassions the European Court of Human Rights has dealt with the application of f an Islamic group named Hizb ut-Tahrir which is banned in two European countries on the alleged grounds of advocating the use of violence. This report covers the specifics of the court cases that resulted in the banning of the Hizb ut-Tahrir in Germany and Russia, and the subsequent responses of the European Court of Human Rights.


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The Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan: A Historical Analysis

By Lea Perekrests

In August of 2015, the Tajik government, headed by President Emomali Rahmonov, declared the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan a terrorist organization. As a result, all party activities have been criminalized, and members and leaders have been subject to arrest. The purpose of this work is to outline the history and to analyze the relations between the Tajik government and the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan.




 

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L’affaire Bivolaru

By Willy Fautré

Recueil des Newsletters de HRWF Int’l couvrant cette affaire

· Gregorian Bivolaru et des yogis de MISA injustement poursuivis par la Roumanie Décision de la Cour européenne des droits de l’homme dans l’affaire Aramandei et autres c. Roumanie (Requête n° 1443/10)

· La France ne devrait pas extrader Gregorian Bivolaru vers la Roumanie

· L’affaire Bivolaru en cassation en France & conclusions

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2015

North Korean Human Rights
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Human Rights in Armenia, a member state of the Eurasian Economic Union: State of Play in 2015 and Perspectives
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La ‘République Populaire du Donetsk’ et la liste noire de l’Union européenne de ses dirigeants
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Religions, Violence and Human Rights: The European Court and Hizb ut-Tahrir
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The Donetsk People’s Republic and some EU blacklisted leaders
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Greece: Ethnic Turks in Rhodes and Kos

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2014
North Korea Overseas Workers
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Abduction of Japanese Citizens by North Korea
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Odessa 2nd May 2014 Tragedy
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2013
North Korea: Establishment of a UN Commission of Inquiry
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LGBT People, the Religions & Human Rights in Europe
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MISA – Gregorian Bivolaru & Yoga Practitioners in Romania
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Trafficking for sexual exploitation from the perspective of migration and human rights
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