Conference highlights terrorists’ trafficking and destruction of cultural heritage

A conference examining the response to the illicit trafficking and destruction of cultural artiifacts is now underway in Strasbourg.

Thorbjørn Jagland: Planned changes to migrants law could undermine Slovenia’s human rights guarantees

In a letter to Slovenia’s primie Minister Miro Cerar, Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland confirmed his fears that planned changes to the country’s asylum laws could undermine human rights commitments.

Belgium: New report reveals “very low level of compliance” with expert anti-corruption recommendations

A new report confirms that Belgium has failed to comply satisfactorily with 15 expert recommendations aimed at fighting corruption.

New national minorities report issues warning to Skopje authorities

“Despite the unanimous protests against the political structures, society remains deeply divided, with little interaction between the two largest ethnic communities, Macedonians and Albanians,” states a report from the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. “Relations between them are still dominated by mutual fear and distrust,” it adds.

Switzerland: Court rejects Muslim parents’ human rights objection to daughters’ compulsory mixed swimming lessons

The case concerned the refusal of Muslim parents to send their daughters, who had not reached the age of puberty, to compulsory mixed swimming lessons as part of their schooling and the authorities’ refusal to grant them an exemption.