refugees and migrants

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

Spotlight on rights of migrant workers in Lebanon

The lack of rights for migrant workers has caused controversy in Lebanon lately. The deportation of prominent migrant worker's rights, Sujana Rana on 10th December has drawn attention to the struggle of many excluded from basic human rights. Read more

Spotlight on rights of migrant workers in Lebanon

Free expression violations continuing in Sudan

Free-expression violations, including the suspension of several newspapers, are continuing in Sudan. Read more

Free expression violations continuing in Sudan

Protest restrictions outside abortion clinics raise free speech concerns

As Australian states establish "exclusion zones" to prevent harassment from either side of the pro- and anti-abortion camps, controversy has erupted over implied limits to the right to freedom of expression and peaceful assemby. Read more

Protest restrictions outside abortion clinics raise free speech concerns

Government takes action to combat hate speech as thousands protest in Helsinki

The Finnish authorities are increasing resources devoted to policing hate crimes, as an estimated 15,000 people took to the streets of Helsinki to reject intolerance and racism. Read more

Government takes action to combat hate speech as thousands protest in Helsinki

Rise in hate speech tests freedoms of expression and peaceful assembly

The anti-immigration sentiment that has grown along with the influx of refugees has led to an increase in hate speech and the emergence of far-right leaderships. On 21st August an anti-Muslim leader staged a fictional Islamic State invasion of Prague and was arrested for causing public panic but later released. Read more


Proposed Foreign Intelligence Law threatens media freedoms

A newly drafted law on the Foreign Intelligence Agency Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) would allow the Foreign Intelligence Services to monitor foreign journalists. A global campaign to protect foreign journalists from surveillance by the German Federal Intelligence Agency is underway.
Two massive demonstrations took place in late July: one against Angela Merkel's open-door policy towards migrants and refugees, and another one in support of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan. On the eve of the latter, the German Constitutional Court banned the broadcasting of President Erdogan's speech at the rally, a decision that was criticised as a violation of the freedoms of expression and peaceful assembly. Read more