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human rights

05.02.2016
- Languages: de
The spirit guiding those who initiated and negotiated the TTIP agreement involved a very strange conception of democracy: trade was elevated above the real values and aims of the EU and its member states. Trade interests predominate in policy related to agriculture, environment, consumer protection, energy and resources. They influence the provision of public services, the negotiation of contracts, and even the legislative process.
09.11.2015
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Everyone knows that the international flood of refugees and migrants cannot be stopped by borders. The worsening situation in Hungary and the terrible pictures of refugees herded into trains led Germany and Austria to open their borders on a temporary basis; now some decisions have to be made regarding the inadequacy of border controls in seeking to manage the movements of refugees.
19.10.2015
The recent crisis over refugees is a valuable reminder of a dark past that Europeans often like to forget. In so many ways, especially since the end of the Cold War, Europeans have celebrated human rights as their most impressive contribution to world affairs. It was tempting to see, rather than the fundamental European contributions of capitalism and power politics, human rights as most expressive of the continent’s spirit. The truth, of course, is otherwise.
09.10.2015
- Languages: it
In the second of his "Untimely Meditations", Nietzsche wrote that we need history to live. To live with dignity, I would like to add: appealing, if required, to the deep and best part of our historical consciousness, and in particular that part that we first fought for and then forgot for two centuries – that is, the history of the rights of man.
11.09.2015
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At the centre of the debates surrounding the publishing and sharing of terrible images - such as the photo of Aylan Kurdi - sits the relationship between three things: the freedom of the press, the duty to inform the public through images, and the right to privacy of the victims, – indeed the duty to respect this – children in particular, in order to avoid what is known as ‘pornography of horror’.
27.08.2015
- Languages: it
No freedom is ever absolute. This is also true of fundamental rights, including the right to the freedom of expression. This is why, in modern societies, rights should be protected, but also why their limits should be defined.
25.09.2014
- Languages: it
The only way to defend human rights is to guarantee their effective applicability, not to abstractly and demonstratively declaim just principles that however never confront reality. Human rights ideology's political correctness becomes dramatic and irresponsible when it meets the extremely fragile international balances in the East and the escalating tensions of the Middle East.
14.07.2014
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Today the world is a different place: after the barbarity of the Holocaust and after Nuremburg it has become clear that the question of human rights cannot be left to the exclusive power of individual nations. Subsequently neo-nomadism, the fall of national borders, and globalisation have clarified that rights do not belong to states but to individuals and entities; they are attached to those who enjoy them and must be upheld in every corner of the globe. In a post-national society the world is the new dimension within which the democracy of rights can develop.
22.05.2014
Traditionally, the Day of Victory over Nazi Germany has been one of the most important holidays in Ukraine’s calendar, just as it is in Russia. But the recent falling-out between Moscow and Kiev has divided the two governments even over how to commemorate May 9. A team of seven historians and seven photographers observed Victory Day celebrations and countercelebrations in the Ukrainian cities of Kiev, Kharkov, Donetsk, Lviv, Odessa, as well as in Sevastopol.
19.05.2014
The deaths of migrants in the Mediterranean are a tragic and almost regular reminder of the need to find more effective European responses to the global refugee crises. For a number of years now, the European asylum debate has shifted away from a concern about burden-sharing or responsibility sharing towards discussions about solidarity. This discussion about solidarity is important but it entails the risk of side-stepping some of the more difficult but crucial questions in this area.