Western Europe

Articles that focus on or discuss Western European countries


What does that mean here? Localizing human rights in the UK

October 31, 2019
By: Koldo Casla & Kath Dalmeny

Some people believe that there is a lot of skepticism towards international human rights in England, ...

Polish activists fight for rights already guaranteed in their constitution

October 23, 2019
By: Małgorzata Szuleka

The democratic community in Poland is under threat, but activists and judges who use the constitution ...

Bringing human rights home: new strategies for local organizing

August 1, 2019
By: Jackie Smith & Joshua Cooper

Declining economic conditions in cities and communities around the world have inspired more people to ...

Why do emerging AI guidelines emphasize “ethics” over human rights?

July 10, 2019
By: Alison Berthet

It’s clear that regulation of AI must start now, but why do emerging frameworks primarily talk about ...

Giving with trust: how philanthropy can transform power relations

June 20, 2019
By: Ise Bosch & Claudia Bollwinkel
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Philanthropy can repeat oppressive patterns, or it can transform donor-recipient relations by giving ...

Irish Traveller communities in Cork monitor and campaign for social rights

October 25, 2018
By: Koldo Casla

Traveller communities in Ireland are using international human rights law to monitor their housing conditions ...

The privilege of remedy: how accessible is the ECtHR?

October 2, 2018
By: Leyla-Denisa Obreja

The European Court of Human Rights is supposed to help victims of rights violations seek justice, but ...

Protecting environmental defenders should be a central issue at climate talks

October 31, 2017
By: Katharina Rall
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As attacks on environmental rights defenders escalate, the stakes are high for the upcoming climate ...

The Achilles’ heel of the European Court of Human Rights

October 27, 2017
By: Sergei Golubok

The whole European system of human rights protection is powerless when confronted with bad faith, and ...

Evicted rights in Spain: no room of one’s own

June 7, 2017
By: Koldo Casla

Thousands of people are being evicted in Spain due to austerity measures, and women are disproportionately ...

An elusive justice—holding parent companies accountable for human rights abuse

February 14, 2017
By: Joe Westby

A UK judgement on Shell’s operations in Nigeria yet again shows the need to prevent powerful multinationals ...

Tackling economic inequality with the right to non-discrimination

October 25, 2016
By: David Barrett

Inequality may be compatible with human rights, but not if it violates the right to non-discrimination.

What can Brexit teach us about business and human rights?

July 21, 2016
By: Phil Bloomer

The economy we have built isn’t the economy that delivers shared prosperity and shared security for ...

The UK government cannot reconcile austerity measures with human rights

July 20, 2016
By: Jamie Burton & Alice Donald & Koldo Casla

UK governments have claimed austerity measures are necessary while ignoring the disproportionate adverse ...

Brexit and human rights: winter is coming

June 29, 2016
By: Stephen Hopgood

Given the toxic politics of Farage, Johnson, Le Pen and Trump, will human rights be enough to resist ...

Now more than ever the UK needs the compass of human rights

June 28, 2016
By: Benjamin Ward

It is in uncertain times—like the aftermath of the Brexit vote—that we need human rights the most.

Migrants are driving innovative campaigns for female refugees in Germany

May 23, 2016
By: Claudia Bollwinkel

Activists are using a multi-van in Germany to help female refugees cope with violence and harassment.

The struggle for sans-papiers human rights

March 15, 2016
By: Upendra Baxi

Protecting the rights of refugees and migrants requires a response based in hospitality not hostility.

“Small places, close to home”: successful communication on human rights

September 15, 2015
By: Neil Crowther
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Effective counter-framing is crucial to improve public opinion on human rights.

Research-based messaging changes public support for human rights

July 3, 2015
By: Rachel Krys
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Amidst widespread negative views on human rights in the UK, public opinion research can help improve ...