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European Association for the Defence of Human Rights
January 2018
The Hungarian government, the bad ideas laboratory?
On 17 January, the Hungarian government presented a draft law that aim to establish a special tax for the NGOs allegedly “facilitating immigration”. Those associations would have to pay « a tax of 25% of their foreign funding, the yield of which would be allocated to border controls”. In a single sentence, three words ‘immigration’, ‘foreign’ and ‘border’…
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Mass surveillance and citizens
AEDH and ELSA organize a film-debate on the film "Nothing to hide" on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 from 18:45, at Saint-Louis University (43 bd Botanical Garden, 1000 Brussels, audience number 7).
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New Year, New AEDH website
Find all the activities of AEDH and its network defending human rights in the EU, our analyses and so much more on our brand new and user-friendly website.
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Personal data protection: EU Member States lagging behind?
28 January 2018 - 25 May 2018, the deadline for the implementation of the GDPR, General Data Protection Regulation, in all EU countries, is getting closer, yet one cannot but notice that only Germany and Austria comply with the text. The European Association for the Defence of Human Rights (AEDH) is surprised that the Member States have not anticipated the implementation of a text of direct application while they had two years to do so.
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AEDH-FIDH: Civil society threatened on all sides in Europe
18 January 2018 – It is with great concern that the European Association for the Defence of Human Rights (AEDH) and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) acknowledge the conclusions set in the European Agency for Fundamental Rights’ (FRA) report on the challenges facing civil society organisations working on human rights in the EU, published today. 
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In Austria and elsewhere, refuse the banalisation of far-right parties
Brussels, 15 January 2018. On the occasion of the Austrian Chancellor’s European Tour in Paris and Berlin on 12 and 13 January 2018, the European Association for the Defense of Human Rights (AEDH) considers that the composition of the Austrian Government chaired by Christian Kurz cannot be regarded as normal and innocuous.
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AEDH participated in EASO consultation
Last November, AEDH participated in the consultation of EASO (European Asylum Support Office) on its training module “Interpreting in the context of asylum”. On this occasion, the AEDH had conducted an interview with Sophie Pointurier to understand the issues of public service interpretation (to be found in the AEDH Newsletter – December 2017).
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Tortured Sudanese refugees: the European Union and its Member States morally responsible
On September 27, the European Association for the Defence of Human Rights (AEDH) denounced the cooperation of Belgium, France and other Member States of the European Union with Sudan, in particular to the detriment of any consideration for their obligations under, inter alia, the United Nations Convention against Torture.
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United We Stand Strong: Bulgaria at the onset of the rotating EU Presidency
The Council of the EU met 2018 with Bulgaria at its Presidency. For the first time since the accession to European Union, in 2007, all Bulgarian institutions, the President, the ruling coalition and the opposition managed to consolidate on the priorities for the brief 6-month mandate. Bulgaria took over from Estonia, a country that swiftly steered across interests into 4 priorities[1]: An open and innovative European economy, A safe and secure Europe, Digital Europe and the free movement of data, and Inclusive and sustainable Europe. Meanwhile, when Bulgaria joined the Troika, the government had just managed to step into office and to redress the National Palace of Culture to host the presidency. Now, the Bulgarian priorities sound more like a shopping list[2], failing to make clear the intention behind the titles: Future of Europe and young people, Western Balkans, Security and stability, and Digital economy.
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End of net neutrality in the United States, what about net neutrality in the European Union?
Net neutrality is a principle that guarantees equal and non-discriminatory access to all content broadcasted on the net, regardless of the operator. This principle is essential insofar as operators could offer higher or lower rates, depending on what people are willing to pay, or even prohibit access to certain sites.
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From one presidency to another, the transmission of the "hot potato"...​
23 January 2018 - For the reform of the asylum system, see you in June 2018! This is, roughly speaking, what the Heads of State and Government said at the dinner held at their last meeting of the year, on 14th December 2017.
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Protection of Refugee and Migrants Children in Europe
In the migratory journey, and on their arrival in Europe, children are exposed to numerous risks (physical assault, trafficking and sexual exploitation, psychological suffering, material difficulties ...). In turn, the Council of Europe is developing an action plan (2017-2019) on the protection of refugee and migrant children in Europe. This document places particular emphasis on procedures and best practices on the three issues: children's access to education and appropriate shelter; their effective protection against all forms of violence, including trafficking and sexual exploitation; and their harmonious integration into their host society.
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Priorities of the Bulgarian Presidency: the “social” is missing…
"United we stand strong ". This is the leitmotiv of Bulgaria, the country which has just attained the rotating Presidency of the EU Council. As a preamble, let us hope that the desire for unity expressed by Bulgaria will make it possible to resolve dissonances within the Council on important issues such as social Europe, migrants or the violation of the rule of law in Poland and in Hungary.
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Amelia, robotisation and work: at the dawn of a new revolution?
The New Year is a time for taking stock. It’s also a time to look to the future and what the world will become in the year - and years - ahead. So AEDH wants to start by telling you a story. This story is about Amelia. Thanks to a report broadcast on France 2[1], Amelia was shown to a young, blonde woman, dressed ready to set off for her office. Except that Amelia doesn’t have just one office. No ! She has several. And for good reason, because Amelia is an artificial intelligence.
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Iceland, the first country in the world to apply pay equity. The European Union and its Member States lagging behind ...
17 January 2018 - As a pioneer in gender equality, Iceland enacted an exemplary law on the 1st January 2018 to prohibit wage differentials between men and women in companies and agencies employing more than 25 people. The island country aims to completely eradicate the pay gap by 2020.
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The Hungarian Helsinki Committee, Hungary – No more humiliating and stigmatizing “psychological testing” of sexual orientation in asylum procedures
25 January 2018 - The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled that psychological testing of sexual orientation in asylum procedures interferes with applicants' right to private life, and as such, cannot be taken into consideration in the course of an asylum procedure. The Hungarian Helsinki Committee has been advocating against these methods, systematically used by the Hungarian asylum authority, arguing that they are outdated, scientifically questionable and based on homophobic stereotypes.
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Liga voor mensenrechten (Liga), Belgium. Housing Search Act: Civil Society Requires More Guarantees for Human Rights
24 January 2018 - The parliamentary committee of internal affairs decided on 23rd January not to vote on the draft law authorizing house searches of homeless persons who do not voluntarily obey an order to leave the territory. The vote was postponed because of strong criticism from many citizens, organisations and experts. The Liga welcomes the report of the vote and requests the bill’s amendment.
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League of Human Rights (LDH), France. Appeal to the Council of State against "emergency accommodation" circulars
11 January 2018 - More than twenty associations appeal to the judge of the State Council against the circular of 12th December organizing the sorting of foreigners in shelters. This text establishes procedures for the identification and evaluation of persons who are homeless or housed on the basis of their nationality and administrative status, contravening the fundamental principles governing the accommodation of the most vulnerable. This circular in fact puts in competition situations of poverty and misery on the basis of discriminatory criteria.
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The Hungarian Helsinki Committee, Hungary – Resisting ill democracies in Europe
9 January 2018 - From emerging democracies in transition, illiberal governments have rapidly transformed Hungary and Poland into ill democracies, have attempted to do so in Croatia, and are slowly and carefully entertaining an illiberal platform in Serbia, according to the new case study Resisting Ill Democracies in Europe. The findings, published by a group of human rights organisations, including the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, were presented during a conference at the European Parliament.
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League of Human Rights (LDH), France. French nationals arrested in Syria and Iraq must be tried in France
8 January 2018 - The spokesman of the French government has announced that those arrested by the Kurdish forces of Syria will be tried in the country if “the judicial institutions are able to ensure a fair trial”. The LDH and the FIDH stressed in a joint statement that the judicial institutions of Syria and Iraq do not have the capacity to ensure a fair trial. These French nationals, who, for the most part, are subject to prosecution in France on the initiative of the antiterrorist prosecutor's office, must be given a fair trial regardless of the facts of which they are accused.
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Equality, Support, Antiracism (KISA) condemns the latest bout of hate speech by the Archbishop of Cyprus
6 January 2018 - The Archbishop of Cyprus chose Christmas Day, perhaps the most important religious holiday for Orthodox Christians, when churches are crowded with believers, to yet again spread the venom of intolerance and to undermine the bicommunal discussions for a peaceful resolution to the Cyprus problem.
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Have contributed to this edition 
Dominique Guibert, Catherine Teule, Maryse Artiguelong, Angélique Hardy, Rumiana Decheva, Margaux Rundstadler, Ninon Michelis, Thomas Otuszewski, Samira Boumakdi Isabel et Althea Williams
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