refugees and migrants

Mandate and funding for gender equality and diversity centre curtailed

On 20th March 2017, the Minister of Culture announced that Kvinfo would be deprived of its mandate to operate a gender equality research library. Read more

Mandate and funding for gender equality and diversity centre curtailed

Immigration and impending elections lead to protests in Bulgaria

In March 2017, several Bulgarian civil society representatives rallied outside the executive office in the capital, Sofia, to protest against increasing xenophobic tendencies in the country. Read more

Immigration and impending elections lead to protests in Bulgaria

Poles continue to oppose the govenrment through protest

In January 2017, student-led protests were held in major cities throughout Poland. The protests remained peaceful with no reports of any incidents. Read more

Poles continue to oppose the govenrment through protest

Four journalists killed within six weeks and citizens say "ENOUGH!"

Mexico is one of the deadliest countries in the world for journalists. Carlos Lauria, Americas Director for the Committee to Protect Journalists, stated that the country "is clearly going through a deep, full-blown freedom of expression crisis". Read more

Four journalists killed within six weeks and citizens say "ENOUGH!"

Refugee crisis sparks small protests in Slovenia

On 26th January 2017, Slovenia's National Assembly passed an amendment to its Alien's Act that allows the authorities to employ 'emergency measures' to deport and deny entry to any migrant or refugee without reviewing the individual's case beforehand. Read more

Refugee crisis sparks small protests in Slovenia

Serious threats to investigative journalism in Bulgaria

Conditions for investigative journalism in Bulgaria have become more precarious as several reporters from the Bulgarian news agency Bivol have been harassed, threatened and summoned for questioning by the police several times over the past year. Read more

Serious threats to investigative journalism in Bulgaria

Thousands march in Toronto and other cities to protest US muslim travel ban

Thousands of people gathered in front of the U.S. consulate in Toronto and marched through the streets to protest against the American president’s order banning travel from mainly Muslim countries. Read more

Thousands march in Toronto and other cities to protest US muslim travel ban

Clashes during refugee protests lead to threats of deportation

Refugees being held in centres near the border with Turkey protested in late November against a ban on movement imposed by the authorities. Read more

Clashes during refugee protests lead to threats of deportation

Nearly 200 arrested during protests over Zwarte Piet in the Netherlands

On 12th November, a protest organised in Rotterdam to demonstrate against the controversial character Zwarte Piet turned violent. Read more

Nearly 200 arrested during protests over Zwarte Piet in the Netherlands

Tensions rise in Germany over growing xenophobia and hate speech

On 16th October, supporters and opponents of the "anti-Islamization" and anti-migrant PEGIDA movement (Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West) assembled in Dresden to mark the group's second anniversary. Read more

Tensions rise in Germany over growing xenophobia and hate speech