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Zuzanna Ziomecka
Zuzanna Ziomecka EDITOR IN CHIEF
Lea Berriault-Jauvin
Lea Berriault Managing Editor
human rights

What a children's book can teach you about homophobia in Croatia 

This Thursday, the Croatian association of “Rainbow families“ will publish a picture book for children about same-sex families. As expected, a Catholic group criticized the initiative. 
Lidija Pisker recommended by Lidija Pisker NewSMavens, Southern Europe
16 Jan 2018 Southern Europe

Being LGBTI in the Balkans 

Despite widespread homophobia and transphobia, LGBTI groups have become more visible in the Balkans. Activists point to some progress in recent years.
Lidija Pisker recommended by Lidija Pisker NewSMavens, Southern Europe
8 Jan 2018 Southern Europe

Catholic Church “conscientiously objects” to dignified death

Last December, Italy took an important step towards facilitating dignified death -- it allowed citizens to write a living will. However, the Catholic Church is doing all it can to hinder it under the label of conscientious objection.
Cinzia Sciuto recommended by Cinzia Sciuto MicroMega, Italy
4 Jan 2018 Italy

Iceland passes law forcing companies to pay women equally

Iceland tops gender equality metrics across the board and now it has made the gender pay gap illegal. Could global gender equality be as simple as following its lead? 
Editorial Team recommended by Editorial Team NewsMavens, Europe
4 Jan 2018 Europe

One woman’s battle against the most powerful politician in Poland

55-year-old Krystyna Malinowska sued Jarosław Kaczyński, the president of the ruling party PiS, who governs Poland from the political backstage. She is sick of being insulted by Kaczyński’s rhetoric and demands respect.
Anna J. Dudek recommended by Anna J. Dudek Wysokie Obcasy, Poland
22 Dec 2017 Poland

Sudanese refugees deported from Belgium were tortured back home 

A few months ago the Belgian Secretary of State for Asylum, Migration and Administrative Simplification, Theo Francken, invited Sudanese government officials to identify migrants and arrange documents for their forced repatriation.
Marjan Justaert recommended by Marjan Justaert De Standaard, Belgium
21 Dec 2017 Belgium

Living will -- Catholic Church fights against Italy’s new legislation 

Finally, Italians are allowed to write a living will, in which they specify what actions should be taken in regard to their health if they can no longer decide for themselves. Yet, the Catholic Church will not let it go without a battle.
Ingrid Colanicchia recommended by Ingrid Colanicchia MicroMega, Italy
21 Dec 2017 Italy
Foresight: #2018 1-5 Jan 2018

Foresight: #2018

What does the new year hold for European politics, the field of human rights, and the news media industry? As a unique collaboration between newswomen across the Old Continent, we offer a few theories based on what we observed in 2017.
Weekly Hindsight by Editorial Team NewsMavens, Europe

Hungary -- no country for NGOs

For the past 11 years, the organization EEA had been operating flawlessly. Overnight, it became an outcast because it is funded by George Soros, the government's number one enemy.
Ivett Korösi recommended by Ivett Korösi Nepszava, Hungary
18 Dec 2017 Hungary

The Hungarian Roma hero who has never received justice

After a long and undignified ordeal, Bela Puczi, the „Roma hero” who protected Hungarians during a pogrom was finally commemorated with a plaque. Although he is considered a hero, he has never been treated like one.
Ivett Korösi recommended by Ivett Korösi Nepszava, Hungary
12 Dec 2017 Hungary

Slovak president suddenly supports legal protection of same-sex couples

The issue of same-sex partnership is taboo for Slovak politicians. No political party present in the parliament (not even the opposition ones) supports same-sex marriages.
Ria Gehrerová recommended by Ria Gehrerová Denník N, Slovakia
12 Dec 2017 Slovakia

Australia celebrates legalization of same sex marriage

As soon as in January, we will witness the first same-sex marriages in Australia. The country is celebrating this step towards equality with an outburst of joy. Almost everyone is on board, including the conservative Prime Minister.
Christine Tragler recommended by Christine Tragler Der Standard, Austria
8 Dec 2017 Austria

Winter in Slovakia -- People are already freezing to death

Vagus, a Slovak NGO that works with homeless people, is ringing the alarm as they are running out of money. In the last days, they saved 10 people but 7 others died.
Ria Gehrerová recommended by Ria Gehrerová Denník N, Slovakia
8 Dec 2017 Slovakia

Harvest workers forced to live in slave-like conditions in Austria

The law regulates harvest work but many seasonal workers are exempt from it as they have never signed a contract of employment. How does modern slavery in the so-called “first world” look like?
Christine Tragler recommended by Christine Tragler Der Standard, Austria
1 Dec 2017 Austria

Can Austria help Ugandan women win more rights? 

Divorced women are a particularly discriminated group in the East African state of Uganda. An NGO is trying to change that -- with the help of a Central European ally.  
Christine Tragler recommended by Christine Tragler Der Standard, Austria
29 Nov 2017 Austria

Dismantling civil war -- Why do neighbors start killing each other?

Writer Janne Teller warns that “either the moderates keep together [in Europe], or extremists will split us up.” As a scholar of the Balkan war believes that history is on the brink of repeating itself.
Ivett Korösi recommended by Ivett Korösi Nepszava, Hungary
24 Nov 2017 Hungary

Torture, rape and hunger in Libyan refugee camps

"Big, strong boys for field work," says a voice that could be that of an auctioneer: "800 ... 900 ... 1,000 ... 1,100" is heard before two men are sold for 875 dollars.  
Christine Tragler recommended by Christine Tragler Der Standard, Austria
21 Nov 2017 Austria

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.
Christine Tragler recommended by Christine Tragler Der Standard, Austria
16 Nov 2017 Austria

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.
Christine Tragler recommended by Christine Tragler Der Standard, Austria
14 Nov 2017 Austria
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