Between denied rights, discrimination and never-ending bureaucracy, daily life was already challenging for asylum seekers in Mayotte, France’s youngest overseas department located in the Indian Ocean. The government’s strict confinement rules during the Covid-19 pandemic have added to asylum seekers’ precarious situation. Two asylum seekers set themselves to help others and share their stories.
The whole of Italy has been on lockdown since the 9th of March, due to the current Coronavirus pandemic. At first we did not actually realise the importance of what the government was asking of us: stay at home, they said.
An interview with Oz Karahan – a former MEP candidate and President of the Union of Cypriots organization.
“In Europe, politicians and the public do not have any idea of what is going on in Cyprus and about the bloodless genocide that Turkish-speaking Cypriots are facing because of Turkey.”
What is the situation regarding the freedom of the press in 2018?
For many years a large number of migrants have waited in Calais, in incredibly precarious conditions, hoping to cross the Channel. Antoine decided to spend his holidays with the humanitarian association Utopia 56 in order to help them. He shared with us the work he took part in there.
While European politics is discussing symbolic political measures and right-wing populists of all countries are trying to push through deportations and prevent immigration, hundreds of people continue to die in the Mediterranean attempting to reach Europe by sea. Civilian sea rescuers are doing their best to prevent this – and are increasingly criticised and criminalised for doing so. We spoke with Claus-Peter Reisch, the captain of the Lifeline, about the the fraught situation.
They go to university, sit in Parliament and profoundly shape the Iranian society. Yet their life is strictly controlled and limited by the men of the Islamic revolution. A short insight on the condition of women in Iran.
In a guest contribution the political scientist Saskia Schäfer argues the case for citizens of modern societies to acknowledge the complexity, temporality, and variability of identities.
The fight for equal rights in Europe is far from over. In a very personal text the slam poetry artist Veronika Rieger writes about the feeling of one’s own love being treated as second-class, and takes a look at the hypocrisy of the arguments people bring up again and again.
Living in the Western world, it is very easy to take the existence and enforcement of human rights for granted. And in fact, that’s what they should be. But in a world where populism and narcissism are on the rise again, this topic suddenly seems more relevant than ever, not only when talking about other countries and cultures, but also right here, in our own backyard. Time to show off your knowledge about human rights – or take the hint and get up to speed!