refugees and migrants

Proposed ban on face veils undermines Norway's free speech ranking

Despite its position on top of the 2017 World Press Freedom Index, Norway's lawmakers are moving ahead to ban wearing of full-face veils in schools. Read more

Proposed ban on face veils undermines Norway's free speech ranking

Surge in neo-nazi activity harms space for civil society

An increasingly active presence of the neo-Nazi group the Nordic Resistance Movement (NRM) has made conditions difficult for other civic groups in Sweden. Read more

Surge in neo-nazi activity harms space for civil society

UN report highlights major concerns over association and protest rights

The UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and association released its report after an official visit to the USA, where it remarks the situation of those freedoms. Read more

UN report highlights major concerns over association and protest rights

Rights defender forcefully deported to Saudi Arabia and held incommunicado

Human rights defender Mohammad al-Otaibi was deported to Saudi Arabia, despite having been granted political asylum by Norway. Read more

Rights defender forcefully deported to Saudi Arabia and held incommunicado

Refugees and Roma targets of harmful language in Bulgarian media

A new study has found that harmful language was used to describe refugees and the Roma community in a large number of media reports during Bulgaria's recent election. Read more

Refugees and Roma targets of harmful language in Bulgarian media



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