Human rights violations in Turkey have increased in recent years. Activists face major obstacles in their work while being personally threatened by state institutions. Their efforts are often intentionally misinterpreted as “support for terrorist organisations” or as an action against the interests of Turkey.
The relationship of Southeast Asia and the EU is of particular importance as these two regions are closely entangled in today’s globalized economy. This is not only the case economically: through increased migration flows for example, globalization has shown that human rights issues may affect other parts of the world too.
The eastern borders of Europe are one of the central issues when evaluating European Security Policy.
The crisis in Ukraine is a focal point of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe’s (OSCE) efforts.They are targeted, towards the observation, gathering of information and reporting on the security situation in Ukraine and the facilitation of dialogue and ceasefires on the ground.
How does the OSCE counter human rights violations at the border to Europe? How does the institution contribute to Europe’s security while safeguarding the human dimension in the midst of crises?
Join us for a Breakfast Brief with Michael Georg Link, director of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), who will give an exclusive overview of the OSCE’s work and its impact on Europe’s Security Policy as a whole.
It all started with a simple question. Janos Karpati, then Brussels correspondent for the Hungarian national newswire, didn’t think it would terminate his longtime career when he addressed the Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban at a press conference at the fringes of the European Parliament’s plenary meeting in Strasbourg. Orban had come to Strasbourg to speak about migration – and his widely-criticized comment on reinstating the death penalty. Karpati, an experienced correspondent who has worked in Prague and Washington, DC, asked Orban about Fidesz’ position within the European People’s Party, a question he hadn’t cleared with anyone beforehand. He received a rather trivial answer from the prime minister and all was good – or so it seemed. Continue reading
Watchful: All that glitters is not gold – The state of media freedom in the EU
Thursday, 22 October 2015
Venue: Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit, Avenue de Cortenbergh 71, 1000 Brussels
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The EU is frequently winning laurels for its high standards of press freedom. But do we deserve the praise? Are our journalists free to do the job they are assigned to do? Continue reading