Germany: Human rights court rejects Frisian political party’s electoral discrimination complaint

The case concerned the Partei Die Friesen’s complaint that it had been discriminated against by the 5 % threshold for attributing parliamentary seats, as applied in the parliamentary elections in Lower Saxony.

Nils Muižnieks urges Belgium to boost disabled people’s rights

Human rights commissioner Nils Muižnieks says Belgium is failing to uphold the rights of persons with disabilities to live independently and be included in the community.

Czech Republic: Tomas Boček set for new migration and refugees role

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland has announced that Czech Republic ambassador Tomas Boček will be his Special Representative on Migration and Refugees.

Podcast: Maria Tomak – Ukraine Assembly member Nadiia Savchenko’s health is worsening after 40 day hunger strike

Savchenko has not eaten for more than 40 days. “Her health is getting worse and worse everyday,” says Tomak, who took part in an assembly hearing on the ‘humanitarian concerns with regard to captured people during the conflict in Ukraine.’

Podcast: International day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust – Why everyone should wear a kippa!

In this podcast, Rabbi Mendel Samama discusses the mechanics of intercultural dialogue and the fight against anti-semitism on International day of Commemoration in memory of the Victims of the Holocaust.