Conference: An update on the human rights situation in North Korea
On March 5th 2019, HRWF participated in a conference on the human rights situation in North Korea, hosted by MEP László Tőkés in the European Parliament. The panel consisted of:
- Moderator: Dr. Zsuzsa Anna Ferenczy, Political Advisor to MEP László Tőkés
- Lea Perekrests, Deputy Director, Human Rights Without Frontiers
- Greg Scarlatoiu, Executive Director of the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK)
- Amanda Mortwedt Oh, human rights attorney, Committee for Human Rights in North Korea
- Kim Tae-Hoon, President of PSCORE
- Nam Bada, Secretary General of PSCORE
- Hwang In-Cheol, Representative of 1969 Korean Air Abductees’ Families Association
Conference on freedom of religion in China
On January 23rd 2019 HRWF participated in a conference on freedom of religion in China at the European Parliament, hosted by MEPs Bas Belder (ECR), Christian Dan Preda (EPP) and Josef Weidenholzer (S&D). The panel consisted of:
- Willy Fautre, director and co-founder of HRWF
- Bob Fu, founder and president of China Aid
- Kuzzat Altay, an entrepreneur of the Uyghur minority who fled to the US in 2005 (replacing Omar
- Bekali who could not make it due to visa issues)
- Father Bernardo Cervellera, editor of AsiaNews and leading Catholic expert on China
- Marco Respinti, Director-in-Charge of Bitter Winter
Documentary screening followed by debate on the exploitation of North Korean overseas workers
HRWF (09.10.2018) – In October MEP Laszlo Tökes and Human Rights Without Frontiers organized the screening of a film dealing with the exploitation of North Korean workers in Poland despite the UN and EU sanctions forbidding the hiring of workforce from North Korea. With the complicity of private companies and Polish state agencies, North Korean workers continue to work in Poland and to be exploited by Pyongyang, left only with an income of less than USD 150 per month.
On 19 September last, Human Rights Without Frontiers made a public statement at the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM) of the OSCE/ODIHR in Warsaw asking the Polish delegation to the OSCE “How many North Korean Workers are currently working in Poland, and how many work visas have been issued since the last HDIM?” (1) Continue reading…
As a continuation on the subject, HRWF made an episode about the exploitation of North Korean overseas workers in Poland, in cooperation with the EU Reporter. Click here to read more and watch the episode.
Human Rights Without Frontiers Celebrates its’ 30th Anniversary
EU Today (18.07.2018) – https://bit.ly/2uCzliW – On 20 June, Human Rights Without Frontiers (HRWF) held a reception in Brussels to celebrate its 30 years of existence. Dozens of partners, collaborators, former staff, and volunteers who had contributed to its growth over the last three decades were in attendance, writes Willy Fautré, founder and executive director of Human Rights Without Frontiers. Continue Reading…
View photos from the event here!
Freedom of religion or belief dramatically violated in a number of countries
HRWF (30.06.2017) – Violations of Freedom of Religion or Belief in the Horn of Africa and Egypt are widespread, and vary in their nature depending on the country’s government, levels of democracy, security, and social environments, as a conference at the European Parliament has recently highlighted. Freedom of Religion or Belief greatly intersects with other rights and policy issues in that part of Africa and the EU must understand the root causes of tensions and violence, and be vigilant in examining law vs. implementation and practice to properly develop its external policies in
On 28 June 2017, MEP Tomas Zdechovsky, in collaboration with HRWF, hosted an event in the European Parliament in Brussels to address Freedom of Religion or Belief in the Horn of Africa and Egypt and these subsequent factors. With over fifty participants present, the panel consisted of:
- Mark Barwick, African Diaspora for Freedom of Religion
- Willy Fautre, Human Rights Without Frontiers
- Petr Jasek, Czech Christian humanitarian aid worker / VOM USA
- Susan Kerr, Christian Solidarity Worldwide
- Eva Saenz-Diez, Academic Council of European Neighbourhood Council / GERMAC
- Major Serge Stroobants, Institute for Economics & Peace
26 June, 2018 – 9:30 to 11:30, European Parliament, Brussels – Room ASP A3H1
Human Rights Without Frontiers hosted an event titled “EU’s Soft Power in the European Neighbourhood: Human Rights in Morocco” with MEPs Gilles Pargneaux and Ilhan Kyuchyuk on 26 June 2018 at the European Parliament.
The panelists discussed topics related to the freedom of association and assembly, children’s rights, women’s rights, and domestic violence.
20 June, 2018 – 15:00 to 17:00, European Parliament, Brussels – Room JAN 6Q1
To commemorate World Refugee Day on 20 June 2018, Human Rights Without Frontiers (HRWF) and Soutien Belge (SB) OverSeas hosted a conference in the European Parliament with the support of the Intergroup on Children’s Rights and the Anti-Racism and Diversity Intergroup (ARDI).
The conference “The EU’s role in focus protecting refugee children: Prevention of child marriage and safeguarding child welfare” focused on the specific challenges of addressing child marriage, a phenomenon that affects a significant number of refugee children, as well as highlighting other issues related to the overall safety and well-being of refugee children.
Panel I: Child Marriage and the risks associated with this practice
– Elisa Van Ruiten, Human Rights Without Frontiers International, will provide an overview of child marriage and the protection afforded to children in international law following up with identifying the gaps between policy and implementation with some recommendations for change.
– Louma Albik, SB OverSeas, will discuss the increasingly prevalent practise of child marriage in refugee camps in Lebanon and the work done by SB OverSeas to combat this practice.
Panel II: Safeguarding child welfare
– Muzoon Al-Mellehan, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, will discuss the barriers faced in protecting refugee children.
– Amy Wilson, US Mission to the European Union, will provide an overview of their Safe from the Start program and discuss the actions taken.
- Amador SANCHEZ-RICO – Deputy Head of Division, Human Rights, European External Action Service
- Chiara Adamo, Head of Unit, Fundamental Rights & Children’s Rights Unit, DG DEVCO, European Commission.
Religious freedom in Russia: A conference at the European Parliament stresses that Russia is a country of particular concern
HRWF (07.06.2017) – “Religious diversity is shrinking in Russia because of Putin’s policy of eradication of ‘foreign’ religious minorities,” concluded Human Rights Without Frontiers Int’l (HRWF) at the end of a conference about religious freedom in Russia held yesterday at the European Parliament and hosted by Finnish ALDE MEP Hannu Takkula.
“Spiritual security” philosophy as part of the national security policy
Russian NGOs and Russia-based NGOs that receive funding from the EU, the United States, and American or European foundations are infamously being labelled ‘foreign agents’ by Moscow. It is much lesser known that non-Orthodox religious minorities of ‘foreign’ origin are also having their international headquarters outside of Russia labelled as ‘foreign agents’.
This ‘foreign agent’ stigmatization revives the old Soviet accusation of espionage that still finds some echo in the minds of the older Russian generation. The manipulation of this socio-psychological reflex is part of the “spiritual security” ideology that underpins the various forms of increasing persecutions of non-Orthodox religious groups across the country.
North Koreans Breaking Their Isolation: The Power of Information
The invited speakers were:
- Jieun Baek, Doctoral Candidate in Public Policy at the University of Oxford
- Mr. Do, Hee Yeun (都希侖), Representative of Toward a Happy Unification
- Dr. Remco Breuker, Professor of Korean Studies at Leiden University
The speakers shared their experience and analyses about how North Koreans get access to information from the outside world and how they discover the outside world as overseas workers exploited by their own regime.
HRWF (05.04.2017) – On 29 March, a conference dealing with literature and human rights in North Korea was held in Seoul. Ms Zsuzsa Anna Ferenczy, political adviser at the European Parliament, presented a paper entitled “The European Union’s engagement policy towards North Korea”. The full text is available here: https://hrwf.eu/human-rights/our-reports/.
The European Union must have the courage to reform the European Arrest Warrant, say several experts at the European Parliament
HRWF (08.02.2017) – “The European Commission should urgently consider a reform of the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) as for years its implementation has been tarnished by numerous flaws,” a number of experts said during an event at the European Parliament hosted yesterday by MEP Hannu Takkula (Watch the Openingspeech here) with the collaboration of Human Rights Without Frontiers.
The invited speakers were:
- Jago Russell from Fair Trials, London
- Barrister Eeva Heikkila, London
- Oliver Pahnecke, a human rights lawyer working closely with the OSCE in Warsaw
Throughout the session, the speakers highlighted the precarious and important future of the EAW as the EU transforms in the coming years. Across the board, the experts paid particular attention towards the pivotal role of human rights in regards to the success of this international tool of justice.
Other Past Events:
On 29 June 2016, HRWF presented its’ World Annual Report on Freedom of Religion or Belief in the House of Lords, hosted by Lord Alton of Liverpool
On 10 May 2016, HRWF presented its’ World Annual Report on Freedom of Religion or Belief at the European Parliament in Strasbourg
In June 2015, HRWF hosted an event “In Prison for their Religion or Beliefs” in the United Kingdom House of Lords with the UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Freedom of Religion or Belief. At the event HRWF presented its 2014 annual reports on freedom of religion or belief. Interventions were made by Baroness Berridge, Lord Alton, Dr Nazila Ghanea and HRWF staff members.
In May 2015, HRWF hosted an event “In Prison for their Religion or Beliefs” in the European Parliament. At the event HRWF presented its 2014 annual reports on freedom of religion or belief. Interventions were made by Mr Tokes MEP, HRWF staff members and a representative of the European External Action Service (EEAS).
In November 2014, HRWF hosted an event in the European Parliament on “Ethnic Minorities in Azerbaijan”. At the event HRWF presented a report based on a fact-finding mission in Azerbaijan. Interventions by representatives of various ethnic groups in Azerbaijan were made at the event.
In October 2014, HRWF hosted a side event at the OSCE ODIHR on “Ethnic Minorities in Azerbaijan”. At the event HRWF presented a report based on a fact-finding mission in Azerbaijan. Interventions by representatives of various ethnic groups in Azerbaijan were made at the event.
In April 2014, HRWF organised a side workshop “LGBT people, the Religions and Human Rights in Europe” at the EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) annual meeting in Vienna.
In March 2014, HRWF co-organised a side-event titled “The Rise of Religious Intolerance” at the United Nations in Geneva with a presentation on “Religious Intolerance & Ethno-Religious Conflicts in Africa” by Dr. Mark Barwick.
In March 2014, HRWF and Laszlo Tökes MEP hosted an event in the European Parliament titled “Religious Minorities in Iran under Rouhani’s Presidency”. The event focused on the situation of Christians and Bahai’s in Iran and HRWF presented its annual “Freedom of Religion or Belief World report” and “Freedom of Religion or Belief Prisoner’s list and Blasphemy report”.
In November 2013, HRWF hosted an event in the European Parliament on “Religious Minorities in Azerbaijan”. At the event HRWF presented a report based on a fact-finding mission in Azerbaijan. Interventions by representatives of various religious groups in Azerbaijan were made at the event.
In November 2013, HRWF co-organised an event with the European Parliament LGBT Intergroup on “Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Religion: A new dialogue”. At the event HRWF presented a report “LGBT people, the Religions and Human Rights in Europe”.
In May 2013, HRWF organised an event on “Human Rights in Mali” which focused on the situation in Northern Mali after the internal conflict in the country in late 2012, early 2013.
In May 2013, HRWF co-organised an event on “Human Rights in North Korea”. The keynote speech was given by Shin Dong-Hyuk, who managed to escape the notorious Camp 14.
In April 2013, HRWF and Vice President of the European Parliament Laszlo Surjan hosted an event in the European Parliament titled “State of Freedom of Religion or Belief in the world”. HRWF presented its annual “Freedom of Religion or Belief World report” and “Freedom of Religion or Belief Prisoner’s list report”.
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