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Ending impunity for serious crimes against human rights and humanitarian norms is an important EU and United Nations objective. It is essential in overcoming the legacy of past conflict and building the basis of stable, peaceful societies, as shown by the experience of societies that have taken this path in recent decades. The EU has developed a comprehensive approach to help non-EU countries implement transitional justice.

More than two decades after the United Nations General Assembly adopted its Declaration on Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) to enhance recognition of their role and encourage states to create a more protective environment, many human rights defenders face an increasingly hostile environment, with both repressive governments and some non-state actors, such as economic interest or criminal groups, opposing their work and posing a serious threat. Support for human rights defenders is a long established ...

With its extended value chains, economic globalisation has brought numerous opportunities while also creating specific challenges, including in the area of human rights protection. Loose regulatory frameworks in developing countries, corruption, and a lack of accountability resulting from legal rules shielding corporate interests have facilitated human rights abuses related to operations of transnational corporations, their subsidiaries and supply chains. This situation has created a pressing need ...

With their rapid advancement in recent times, digital technologies have undeniably had major positive and also negative impacts on human rights. They have offered people better opportunities to communicate and exchange information, thereby empowering them to exercise their right to freedom of expression and association, among others, and to draw public attention to human rights violations. On the other hand, they have enabled disinformation, cyber-surveillance and abusive behaviour, such as hate ...

On 16 March 2022, after a fast-track procedure, the International Court of Justice ordered provisional measures in the Ukraine v Russia case. In bringing the case, Ukraine argued that Russia had wrongfully claimed a genocide in Ukraine to justify its invasion. Russia, meanwhile, rejected the Court's jurisdiction. Given the lack of evidence for Russia's genocide allegations, and the principle that any action to prevent genocide must be taken in good faith and in line with international law, the Court ...

International condemnation of Moscow's war on Ukraine has reached far beyond Europe, as evidenced by overwhelming support for a United Nations (UN) resolution condemning the invasion. Several countries have gone further and joined the EU in adopting sanctions against Russia or sending military aid to Ukraine.

Während seiner Tagung im März wird das Europäische Parlament voraussichtlich über einen Bericht über den EU-Aktionsplan 2020 zur Förderung der Gleichstellung der Geschlechter in der Welt abstimmen. In dem gemeinsam von dem Entwicklungsausschuss (DEVE) und dem Ausschuss für die Rechte der Frauen und die Gleichstellung der Geschlechter (FEMM) des Parlaments erstellten Bericht wird der EU-Aktionsplan begrüßt; jedoch werden mehrere Bereiche skizziert, in denen die EU mehr unternehmen muss, nicht zuletzt ...

Das Europäische Parlament wird voraussichtlich seine jährliche Entschließung zum Jahresbericht der EU über Menschenrechte und Demokratie in der Welt auf seiner Plenartagung im Februar 2022 annehmen. In dem vom Rat der EU im Juni 2021 gebilligten Bericht geht es vornehmlich um die Herausforderungen, mit denen die Menschenrechte und die Demokratie weltweit im Jahr 2020 konfrontiert waren, und um die Reaktion der EU vor dem Hintergrund des zunehmenden Autoritarismus und der Erosion der Demokratie, was ...

Since 2008, when the European Union introduced elaborate sustainable development provisions into its agreement with the Cariforum group of states, provisions on labour rights and the environment have become a central part of most of the EU's subsequent trade agreements, the one with South Korea (2011) being the first to contain a dedicated chapter. These provisions continue to evolve: for instance, recent agreements with some of the EU's developed partners, such as Canada and the United Kingdom, ...

On 21 September 2021, the Commission published its proposal for a new EU scheme of generalised preferences. Two of the current scheme’s three components are due to expire at the end of 2023, which would deprive developing countries of a vital opportunity to trade under preferential terms with the EU. Therefore, renewing the scheme appears to be both a necessity and an opportunity to strengthen its conditionality in the light of lessons learned and the increased urgency for dealing with the climate ...