fundamental rights

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The situation of women and gender-specific violence in India

The gang rape and murder of a young woman in Delhi in December 2012 triggered mass protests and a worldwide debate about violence against women in India. Some laws are insufficient, but most commentators agree that the lack of security for women is mainly down to failure to punish rapists and other perpetrators of violence. … Continue reading

Le handicap mental et les troubles mentaux: Dans l’optique des droits fondamentaux

La définition onusienne du handicap englobe le handicap mental et les troubles mentaux. L’ampleur du problème demeure incertaine mais les estimations sont préoccupantes. Les problèmes de santé mentale génèrent des coûts importants. La crise économique a des effets néfastes sur la santé mentale. Les atteintes aux droits fondamentaux des personnes handicapées mentales et de celles … Continue reading

Women in 2011-2012 reports: Iran

Following various human rights reports, it seems that in comparison with most other countries of the MENA region, Iranian women experience particularly serious discrimination both in law and in practice. First of all, their political rights are very limited. Whereas since 1963 women have had the right to vote, they cannot become President and their … Continue reading

Women in 2011–2012 reports: Syria

Whereas the status of women is widely held to have improved under President Bashar al-Assad’s rule, the actual recognition of their rights seems to depend on many factors including social class and residence (a city or countryside). As a result, a sizeable part of the Syrian female population experiences various forms of discrimination. Women were … Continue reading

Women in 2011–2012 reports: Tunisia

Tunisia has been long viewed as the most progressive among Arab countries in terms of women’s rights. This was also the case during the long rule of President Ben Ali (in power from 1987 to early 2011). Following the January 2011 revolution – in which women have actively taken part – most elements of relevant … Continue reading

Women in 2011–2012 reports: Egypt

Egyptian women played a crucial role in the “25 January Revolution”, which overthrew the regime of President Hosni Mubarak in early 2011. Yet, it appears that this participation has improved neither their political representation nor their position in society in general. On the contrary, it seems that the political and military forces in power have … Continue reading

EU rules on transfer of sentenced persons

In a globalised world, transfers of convicted criminals to complete their sentences in their home countries are becoming more and more common. The international framework developed to facilitate such transfers requires the consent of both states involved as well as of the sentenced person. This has been seen as a major disadvantage, including of the … Continue reading

Progress on the situation of Kurds in Turkey?

6 language versions available in PDF format Hat sich die Situation der Kurden in der Türkei verbessert? ¿Progresos en la situación de los kurdos en Turquía? La situation des Kurdes en Turquie s’est-elle améliorée? Quali progressi sulla situazione dei curdi in Turchia? Poprawa sytuacji Kurdów w Turcji? Progress on the situation of Kurds in Turkey? … Continue reading

Le droit de l’accès à l’information prime le secret d’affaires

Le principe Selon la convention d’Århus, lorsqu’un processus décisionnel touchant l’environnement est engagé, le public concerné doit pouvoir y participer dès son début, c’est-à-dire lorsque toutes les options et solutions sont encore possibles et qu’il peut exercer une réelle influence. De plus, le public doit, en principe, pouvoir consulter gratuitement toutes les informations présentant un … Continue reading

Assessing fundamental rights in the European Union

6 language versions available in PDF format Bewertung von Grundrechten in der Europäischen Union Evaluación de los derechos fundamentales en la UE Évaluation des droits fondamentaux dans l’Union européenne Valutazione dei diritti fondamentali nell’Unione europea Ocena przestrzegania praw podstawowych w Unii Europejskiej Assessing fundamental rights in the European Union Since 1993, the European Parliament has … Continue reading

Combating hate crimes in the European Union

How can hate crimes be effectively tackled by both Member States and the European Union? This was the central question of a panel debate organised by the European Parliament’s Anti-Racism and Diversity Intergroup (ARDI) and the Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) on 29 November 2012. Presentation of new FRA reports on hate crimes The event began … Continue reading

Transfer of asylum-seekers and fundamental rights

The EU asylum system, and in particular the Dublin regime, has come under criticism in recent years. Member States (MS), as well as NGOs, claim that transferring asylum-seekers to the MS responsible for examining their application under the rules of the Dublin II Regulation overloads the asylum systems of some MS, resulting in violations of … Continue reading

Revising the Data Retention framework

6 language versions available Überarbeitung des Rahmens für die Vorratsspeicherung von Daten Revisión del marco de conservación de datos Révision du cadre régissant la conservation des données Revisione del quadro sulla conservazione dei dati Przegląd ram dotyczących zatrzymywania danych The retention of data for the purpose of investigating and prosecuting serious crime is currently governed … Continue reading

2013 European Year of Citizens

6 language versions available Europäisches Jahr der Bürgerinnen und Bürger (2013) 2013 Año Europeo de los Ciudadanos Année européenne des citoyens 2013 Anno europeo dei cittadini 2013 Rok 2013 Europejskim Rokiem Obywateli The Commission has proposed to make 2013 the Year of Citizens in order to raise awareness of their rights and responsibilities. Particular attention … Continue reading

Clean IT: the new ACTA?

The Project The aim of the Clean IT project is to reduce the use of the Internet by terrorist organisations by introducing self-regulatory measures and “best practices” for Internet companies and governments. The project was launched in May 2011 by the governments of the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, the UK and Belgium and was joined later … Continue reading


Updated on 25 September 2013 The widespread preference for sons is deeply rooted in many cultures. Socio-economic developments, together with much greater accessibility of prenatal diagnostics, has resulted, mainly through sex-selective abortion, in a huge gap between male and female populations. According to various estimates, between 160 and 200 million women are “missing”, measured against … Continue reading

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