Europe

Swiss Senator explains opposition to blacklists

22 December 10 - Swiss senator Dick Marty is now in the news for his investigation into alleged organ trafficking in Kosovo, but his efforts on behalf of human rights are far ranging. Read
 

Swiss investigator calls for Kosovo probe

17 December 10 - A report accusing Kosovo’s leader of heading a mafia-style organisation should spur a formal investigation and set in motion a “dynamic of truth”, its author said. Read
 

EU/US must demand Kosovo inquiry

16 December 10 - From Human Rights Watch: The United States and European governments should demand thorough and impartial criminal investigations in Kosovo and Albania into allegations of serious crimes by former Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) (...) Read
 

Lybia failing asylum seekers and migrants

14 December 10 - From Amnesty International: Migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers escaping persecution and armed conflict, face torture and indefinite detention as they attempt to make the journey to Europe via Libya. Read
 

The debate over the future of the Swiss army

14 December 10 - Should Switzerland maintain a small professional army, or continue to expect all male citizens to serve? Politicians disagree over possible threats to the country. Read
 

Verdict clearing Russian editor welcomed

11 December 10 - From Reporters Without Borders: RSF welcomed the decision of a court in Khimki, quashing a guilty verdict handed down a month ago against journalist Mikhail Beketov for defamation. Read
 

Call for Greece to end inhumane detention camps

7 December 10 - From Human Rights Watch: Greek officials should immediately transfer migrants from overcrowded and inhumane detention sites in the Evros region to an empty facility on Samos Island and protect the 120 unaccompanied migrant children among (...) Read
 

Amnesty letters helped free Russian

6 December 10 - From Amnesty International: Sent to an Arctic penal colony for a crime he didn’t commit, Russian prisoner of conscience Igor Sutyagin lived for a few minutes in “the free world” with every postcard he received from supporters during his eleven years in (...) Read
 

Clinton presses Central Asia on rights

1 December 10 - From VOA News: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, beginning a three-day Central Asian trip in Kazakhstan, said Tuesday the Obama administration will continue to press for human rights progress in the region. Clinton is attending the summit of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in (...) Read
 

Rights group deplores Swiss vote

29 November 10 - From Amnesty International: AI urges the Swiss authorities at all levels not to enforce the deportation of foreigners convicted of certain criminal offences if this will result in human rights violations after voters backed the move in a referendum on (...) Read
 
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