Posts tagged as human rights

Human rights breaches in Hong Kong, Russia and at the US-Mexican border

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

On last Thursday, the European Parliament adopted three resolutions taking stock of the human rights situation in Hong Kong, Russia and at the US-Mexican border. Hong Kong The European Parliament calls on the Hong Kong government (HKSAR) to withdraw the proposed and highly controversial amendments to its extradition law, which has caused people in Hong Kong to take to the streets in unprecedented numbers. They fear the new bill could…

Foreign minister to highlight Ukraine, Georgia at OSCE meeting

Monday, July 8, 2019

Foreign minister Urmas Reinsalu (Isamaa) is attending an Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) informal foreign ministers’ meeting in Slovakia this week, BNS reports. Formed in the early 1970s,  The OSCE is the world’s largest security-oriented intergovernmental organization, and focuses on arms control, human rights, press freedoms and fair elections. It boasts 57 member states. The meeting, held in the resort town of Štrbské Pleso in Slovakia’s Tatra Mountains, is to…

EU signs trade agreement with Vietnam; human rights defenders oppose it

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

On Sunday, 30 June, European Union signed a trade agreement with Vietnam in Hanoi. This makes it the biggest economic agreement the EU has signed with one of Asia’s countries. The EU was represented by European Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmstrom and EU’s presiding country Romania’s Entrepreneurship Minister Ștefan-Radu Oprea. In accordance with this agreement, 99% of all standing customs duties have been abolished for mutual trade between EU and…

‘Climate apartheid’: UN expert says human rights may not survive

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

The world is increasingly at risk of “climate apartheid”, where the rich pay to escape heat and hunger caused by the escalating climate crisis while the rest of the world suffers, a report from a UN human rights expert has said. Philip Alston, UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, said the impacts of global heating are likely to undermine not only basic rights to life, water, food,…

UN Security Council accession a historical event for Estonia

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Being elected to the UN Security Council represents both a historical step for Estonia and another layer in its protective shield, President Kersti Kaljulaid said after the vote on Friday which saw the country gain a non-permanent seat on the council for 2020-2021. “Today’s decision, taken by all those countries in the world that [believe] Estonia is a suitable member of the UN Security Council for the next two years,…

Human Rights breaches in Iran, Kazakhstan and Guatemala

Monday, March 18, 2019

MEPs deplore human rights violations and all forms of political repression in Iran, Kazakhstan and Guatemala. On Thursday, the European Parliament adopted three resolutions taking stock of the human rights situation in Iran, Kazakhstan and Guatemala. Iran must stop criminalising the work of women’s rights defenders The European Parliament urge Iran to stop criminalising the work of women’s rights defenders, including the work done by those peacefully protesting against the…

Trump: I don’t think NK’s Kim had role in US student’s death

Thursday, February 28, 2019

President Donald Trump says he doesn’t think North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was involved in the mistreatment of American college student Otto Warmbier (WARM’-beer), who died after being detained in the isolated country. Trump says of Kim: “He tells me that he didn’t know about it, and I will take him at his word.” Trump has taken credit for freeing American prisoners abroad and used Warmbier’s death as a…

Latvia supports engagement in Crimea of Office of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Friday, January 18, 2019

On January 17 in Geneva, Switzerland, the Under-Secretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Janis Mazeiks, together with his counterparts from EU Member States, met with the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet Jeria, LETA learned from the Latvian Foreign Ministry. Janis Mazeiks pledged Latvia’s support for the High Commissioner’s mandate and the UN Human Rights Council as the leading international human rights body. The…

Politics is above common sense in Latvia

By Adomas Abromaitis on Wednesday, November 21, 2018

The painful issue of using Russian language in Latvia appears on the agenda once again. Ethnic Russians “knock at the doors” of international organisation trying to defend their rights to speak and get education in their native language. Their hope for understanding in Latvia is melting every day. It has become known that Russian Community in Latvia sent a letter to Council of Europe about violation of human rights. The…

Lithuania violates Universal Declaration of Human Rights

By Adomas Abromaitis on Wednesday, September 12, 2018

DELFI, which is the major Internet portal in the Baltic States providing daily news, stated on 10 September that the number of emigrants from Lithuania exceeds that of immigrants by 1,000 in August, writes Adomas Abromaitis. Shocking statistics shows that the country has registered a negative migration balance. Some 4,382 people left Lithuania in August. Thus, Lithuanians are leaving the country despite authorities’ claims on economic growth, stability and favorable perspectives. On…