Electric shocks for China's homosexuals
China’s one-child policy might have contributed to the resentment families feel towards homosexual children. "People are under pressure to present a grandchild to their parents -- preferably male," says Human Rights Watch researcher Maya Wang.
16 Nov 2017
Austria could officially recognize the third sex
The Austrian Constitutional Court has scheduled a decision for 2018. But the Social Democratic Party of Austria and the liberal party "Neos" don't want to wait that long.
14 Nov 2017
When transparency goes only one way
Poles are given one week to weigh in on an important new transparency bill. The message, and the bill, are clear -- the government doesn't want feedback, it wants more power.
8 Nov 2017
Fashion crimes -- Zara shoppers get reality check
Oh, we know. We know textile laborers are underpaid and mistreated. It was on the news too often for anyone to plead ignorance. We know, but we conveniently forget every time we enter a shopping mall.
7 Nov 2017
Gloria Steinem on what's important for modern feminism
The fact that now, for the first time, there are fewer females on planet Earth than males, tells us that the dangers of physical annihilation, or the occupation of our bodies, are the ones that cover the most ground.
6 Nov 2017
Will Budapest's Aurora return to life?
Aurora was a cultural center frequented by youngsters who wanted to attend hip concerts and give back to their community. When the far-right began describing it as the “Hungarian HQ of George Soros” it was equal to a death sentence.
3 Nov 2017
Freedom of the press in danger: 930 Journalists killed over the last decade
On average, one journalist gets killed every four days. Records show that violence against journalists and other media representatives is on the rise.
2 Nov 2017
Did you know that an EU referendum for minority rights is underway?
50 million people in the EU belong to various minority groups. Yet is the Union as supportive of them as it declares? A new EU-wide referendum will be a test of that.
31 Oct 2017
Questionable to begin with, the infamous law against face coverings in Austria isn't working in the way intended. Instead of targetting Mulsim women, it's affected mascots and people who get cold easily.
22 Oct 2017
The global flavor of Romania's homegrown homophobia
Anti gay rights initiatives contribute to a polarisation of societies. This division comes in handy to Central and Eastern Europe's illiberals who are also trying to rally voters behind a conservative vision of society.
18 Oct 2017
Same sex marriage back on the table in Austria
Broad approval within the population makes it hard to understand why gay marriage isn't already legal. But so far it's always been stopped by the ÖVP and the FPÖ, the two parties which are most likely going to form the next government.
17 Oct 2017
What happens in Hungarian prison stays in prison
The Helsinki Committee for Human Rights used to conduct regular inspections in Hungarian prisons. This has abruptly stopped being the case.
17 Oct 2017
Weinstein debates are confusing judgement with law breaking
One of Harvey Weinstein's victims is Asia Argento, an Italian who has suffered unacceptable attacks of victim blaming in our country. But this level of discussion is incorrect: this is a matter of rights, not morals.
17 Oct 2017
Ethnic segregation often starts small
Building a 'leisure center' with a playground and sports facilities for disadvantaged kids seemed like a great idea. What eventually happened though was a masterpiece of hypocrisy.
2 Oct 2017
Growing up in a hotel: The reality for thousands of homeless Irish children
For thousands of children in Ireland today, a hotel room is home. Can you imagine living family life within the confines of those four walls?
26 Sep 2017
American teacher camps in front of Foreigners' Office to receive visa
She hurried to be in the queue at the Alien Police Department at 4 pm on Thursday to have a chance at entering the office on Friday morning.
It was her last chance to get a visa.
25 Sep 2017
Death in Venice? Not if it's euthanasia
While Belgium is even discussing euthanasia for severely handicapped children, Italy is likely to remain, even on this, on the dark side of Europe.
25 Sep 2017