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Europe Must Do More for Media and Democracy

Background

While the European Commission is supporting restrictive measures to tackle the spread of false news online, independent and critical media are being left to survive on their own in the face of hostility.

By Maryia Sadouskaya-Komlach

“Because I would have to be sterilized”

Report

Across Europe, trans people are denied their right to have their gender recognized, unless they fulfill invasive requirements. Human rights bodies have clearly affirmed: this is a violation of trans people’s human rights.

By Dodo Karsay

The Yogyakarta Principles +10

Reflection

International human rights law and the rights of trans people. The Yogyakarta Principles plus 10 reflects on how international law has evolved in this area.

By Dodo Karsay

Criminalization of homeless people in Hungary is taken a step further

Analysis

After first targeting refugees, the Hungarian Government has now turned its focus back to one of its old “enemies”. Just a few months before the upcoming municipal elections in spring 2019, homeless people have recently become a more intensely-targeted group than ever before.

By András Jámbor

Section 377 is scrapped! Sexual Minorities become full citizens of India

Shubha Chacko is a prominent LGBTQ activist from India. On the occasion of the landmark Supreme Court judgment decriminalizing a portion of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, she writes on the long fight against section 377, the challenges ahead and what it means for the society at large.

By Shubha Chacko

Malaysia’s Reformasi Movement Lives Up To Its Name

A revolution took place in Malaysia on May 9, 2018. It was a silent and peaceful one, amazingly achieved through the ballot box, and is therefore not noticed for what it is. But it is a revolution nevertheless.

By Ooi Kee Beng

Vulnerability and chaos in the Hungarian healthcare system

A crucially necessary reform of the healthcare system has been awaiting Hungary since the transition from the communist era. The Orbán Government would have had a historical chance - but healthcare just keeps drifting along.

By Dr Rita Lénárd

Media pluralism further declines in Hungary

Media pluralism has suffered another major blow in Hungary. Magyar Nemzet, a newspaper that represented a brand of conservatism that was still able to critically evaluate the governing of Viktor Orbán, was shut down following the Prime Minister’s most recent election victory.

By Krisztián Simon

Why Armenians Call for a Velvet Revolution

Interview

For almost a week now, huge rallies have shaken the Armenian capital of Yerevan, where Nikol Pashinyan, one of the leaders of the movement, called for a “velvet revolution”. But will the protesters this time successfully press for democratic accountability?

By Olya Azatyan, Sonja Schiffers

Hungary after the election: Continuing on Orbán’s path

Hungary has become a laboratory of illiberal governance tailor-made to serve Fidesz’s goals. Its rhetoric is based on identity politics, conspiracy theories and enemy images. It has a massive Government-financed fake news industry. After this ellection a shift to a more moderate stance is not expected.

By Attila Juhász

Why LGBT People Emigrate from Armenia: Three Stories

Portraits

Between 2011 and 2013 alone 5,891 LGBT people left Armenia. This article will tell the first-hand story of lesbian, bisexual and transgender Armenian citizens who have moved to different EU countries.

By Arthur Minasyan

Congress of Young Europeans in Prague

Applications are open for the 6th Congress of Young Europeans, which this time is going to take place in Prague, Czech Republic between 30 August and 2 September 2018.

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