refugees and migrants

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

Protests on electoral reform and refugee rights gain momentum in Lebanon

Citizens and civil society groups are protesting for proportional representation to be implemented in Lebanon to break the current political deadlock. After recent suicide bombings the Lebanese authorities have become increasingly hostile to Syrian refugees living in Lebanon. On 18 July, anti-racism demonstrations took place calling for the abolition of these measures. Read more

Hate speech on the rise in Bulgaria - civil society

Bulgarian civil society organisations report a rise in hate speech as they attempt to combat efforts by vigilantes to violate migrant rights. Read more

Qatari authorities detained journalists from Danish Broadcasting Cooperation

The space for civil society to operate in Qatar remains closed, and the rights to freedom of association, assembly and expression are extremely restricted Read more

Some refugee protests turn violent in Germany

Sparked by the refugee crisis, protests and counter-protests across Germany have mostly been policed well but with some use of force. Read more

Defenders Speaking Out: “The regime in Eritrea is a crime in itself.”

Today, the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea (COI) released its second report, finding that the government of Eritrea has committed crimes against humanity. This video from DefendDefenders (East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project) shows interviews with Eritrean human rights defenders in exile who have, and continue to, speak out against the ruthless Eritrean regime. Read more