Statements and reactions

World Refugee Day 2021

The 1951 Convention and the 1967 Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees defines refugees as people who are unable or unwilling to return to their country of origin owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion (1). It was signed into law by 146 countries including all European countries (except San Marino and Andorra) and protects the legal status of refugees and commits signatories to ensuring their safety and basic rights such as the right to family unification and the right to non-refoulement (protection [...]

World Refugee Day 20212021-06-23T15:38:52+02:00

Statement on International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia 2021

Today, we celebrate the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOBIT). IDAHOBIT was established in order to raise awareness about the discrimination, violence and other forms of oppression LGBTQI+ people face on a daily basis around the world and to motivate people to take action against such kinds of behavior. On the 17th of May 1990, the World Health Organization (WHO) decided to remove homosexuality from the International Classification of Diseases and thus taking an imporant step towards addressing the stigma and inequalities LGBTQI+ people have been historically facing. The increasingly worrying trend against LGBTQI+ that individual European member [...]

Statement on International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia 20212021-07-02T14:31:17+02:00

Statement on the Joint Declaration of Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE)

In the end of 2019, the first official proposal of the Conference on the Future of Europe was put forward by the European Commission and the European parliament, following the initial idea mentioned by the French President, Emmanuel Macron. Originally meant to be launched on the 9th of May, 2020, last week, the institutions have given it a green light. Even with a year of delay, we are happy to see progress to be made and the Conference being ready to set off on the upcoming Europe Day. The conference promised a democratic and citizen-focused approach in the efforts of [...]

Statement on the Joint Declaration of Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE)2021-07-01T17:01:27+02:00

Statement on International Women’s Day 2021

110 years ago, the very first International Women’s Day (IWD) was marked and since then it has been recognised by the United Nations, even established in several countries as an official holiday. It is an occasion to commemorate women’s rights and achievements, to raise awareness against gender-based discrimination, violence and different forms of oppression and also take action for more inclusive and just societies. IWD is an opportunity for all of us to not only commemorate and raise awareness on women’s rights and equality, but also to consider how we are generally contributing individually and collectively to a more equal [...]

Statement on International Women’s Day 20212021-07-01T17:04:20+02:00

Statement on Protests and Arrests in Russia

Russia has been engulfed by massive protests for the last few weeks. The demonstrators protest the widespread corruption in the country and demand the release of Aleksei Navalny. Navalny is a political opposition leader and an anti-corruption activist who was arrested immediately after arriving in Russia on 17 January from Germany where he underwent rehabilitation following his nearly fatal poisoning. Navalny has a long history of voicing against the current Russian administration for their alleged corruption. On the 19th of January, a video was published on Navalny’s YouTube channel, detailing a huge palace which was built using government funds and [...]

Statement on Protests and Arrests in Russia2021-07-02T14:33:18+02:00

Statement on the Council of the European Union Draft Resolution on Encryption

On the 14th of December 2020 the Council of the European Union has adopted the Resolution on Encryption – Security through encryption and security despite encryption (1). The resolution requires that “Competent authorities must be able to access relevant data in a lawful and target manner, in full respect of fundamental rights and the relevant data protection laws, while upholding cybersecurity […]”. The text calls for adequate access to encrypted content, while at the same time claiming that no backdoors nor weakened encryption shall be implemented. However, this approach is technically impossible according to more than 450 encryption experts (2)(3), [...]

Statement on the Council of the European Union Draft Resolution on Encryption2021-07-02T14:34:05+02:00

Statement on 75th Anniversary of the United Nations

Creation of the United Nations The world had gone through two devastating and all-consuming wars in less than 30 years of span in the first half of the 20th century. By 1945, it was clear for the war-torn and desolate nations that their joint and firm commitment was necessary to put an end to the war. For this purpose, from 25 April 1945 to 26 June 1945, more than 50 nations gathered in San Francisco, California, to lead the United Nations Conference on International Organization (UNCIO), giving a start to the world’s largest international organization. 24 October 2020 commemorates the [...]

Statement on 75th Anniversary of the United Nations2021-07-02T14:36:16+02:00

Statement on the Military Escalation In Nagorno-Karabakh

One week ago, a long-standing conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan flared up again resulting in military escalation. The Nagorno-Karabakh region constitutes the center of the conflict. The disputed territory is internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan and has an Armenian ethnic majority which in February 1988 declared their de facto independence, which has not been recognized up to date. The region has been subject to devastating war from 1988 to 1994, which led to the intermediate ceasefire agreement of May 1994 and an ongoing frozen conflict over the past decades. There has been only episodic diplomatic successes within the frameworks [...]

Statement on the Military Escalation In Nagorno-Karabakh2021-07-02T14:36:37+02:00

Statement on 30 Years German Reunification

On October 3rd 1990 the German Democratic Republic (GDR) officially became a part of the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG), thus forming the united German nation as we know it today (1). After the second World War, Germany was occupied by the Allies. Following a period of uncertainty, and facing the imminent Cold War, the former Third Reich and Berlin were split into four sectors. The British, French, and American sector remained united, from which the FRG was founded. The GDR instead replaced the Soviet sector becoming- a one-party state with a dictatorial regime. After years of conflicts and attempted [...]

Statement on 30 Years German Reunification2021-07-02T14:36:58+02:00

Statement on Presidential Elections in Belarus

On Sunday the 9th of August the Belarus Presidential elections ended with Alexander Lukashenko winning one additional mandate in what we believe to have been an electoral process that failed to ensure the necessary standards of transparency recognized by the international community. The Central Election Commission of Belarus (CEC) reported Lukashenko winning with over 80% of the votes. This is in stark contrast to the independent reports about the apparent support for alternative political powers, the numbers and methods of arrests, the influence on the election observation, and other voter suppression methods. The CEC implemented several restrictions with COVID-19 as [...]

Statement on Presidential Elections in Belarus2021-07-02T14:37:20+02:00
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