Wednesday, 25 July 2012

EU’s new human rights strategy

Recently, the EU launched the Strategic Framework and Action Plan on Human Rights. On the EUROPP Blog of the LSE, Sionaidh Douglas-Scott argues "that while the EU’s new strategy is strong in its aspirations its operational details still need to be clarified." Full title of her posting: "The EU’s new human rights strategy is a step in the right direction, but whether or not it will be implemented and enforced successfully remains to be seen"... 

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Survey Report on Intolerance, Prejudice and Discrimination in Europe

Not brand new, but in case you missed it:
In 2011 the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (Political Foundation of the Social Democratic Party in Germany) published a survey report on intolerance, prejudice and discrimination in eight selected European countries: France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Poland and Portugal. In each country a sample of about 1,000 individuals aged 16 or above was selected for landline telephone interviews. The samples include only persons holding the citizenship of the surveyed country.

The survey reflects the extent to which citizens of these countries respect or reject social, ethnic, cultural and religious minorities who are devaluated and considered “strange”, “other” or “outsiders”. The study also emphasizes that discrimination of one group is usually associated with negative attitudes towards others.

The European Union acknowledged this long ago when it declared 1997 the European Year against Racism. In the 1997 Treaty of Amsterdam the European Union called for joint efforts to combat prejudice and discrimination experienced by groups and individuals on the basis of their ethnic features, cultural background, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability. The authors of the study point out that it is therefore all the more surprising that so little is known about the general extent of prejudices against different groups in the countries of Europe. The report therefore aims to supply comprehensive and comparable data about the extent of prejudice and discrimination against the main target groups in eight selected European countries.

The data are based on the findings of a research project on group-focused enmity in Europe (GFE Europe).

Download the English version of the report here.
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Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Will an EU Special Representative for Human Rights Make a Difference?

Short interviews with six experts from the US and European countries on "Will an EU Special Representative for Human Rights Make a Difference?"
Interesting and quick read - check it out!