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Did the stepson of Ukrainian billionaire Pinchuk settle Ernest Hemingway’s casino debt from 1959?

In May 2024, various social media accounts reported that the stepson of Ukrainian businessman Victor Pinchuk paid more than €8 million to Casino de Madrid to settle the unpaid debt of the famous American...

Cries for freedom echo, throughout Pakistan Administered Kashmir as dissent and human rights violations continue to escalate

In the heart of this region a new wave of unrest has emerged, shedding light on the challenges faced by residents in their fight for rights. The streets have become a battleground as members of the Joint Action Committee clash with authorities, including police forces and commandos painting a picture of the situation.

First Vaisakhi Purab in European Parliament: Discussing Sikh Issues in Europe and India

Issues faced by Sikhs in Europe and in India were discussed while celebrating Vaisakhi Purab in the European Parliament: Binder Singh Sikh community leader ‘Jathedar Akal Takht Sahib’ could not attend due to administrative reasons,...

Fleeing Persecution, The Plight of Ahmadi Religion of Peace and Light members in Azerbaijan

Namiq and Mammadagha's Story Exposes Systematic Religious Discrimination It has been almost one year since best friends Namiq Bunyadzade (32) and Mammadagha Abdullayev (32) left their home country of Azerbaijan to flee religious discrimination because...

Efforts being made to recognize Sikh Community in Europe

In the heart of Europe, the Sikh community faces a battle for recognition and against discrimination, a struggle that has caught the attention of both the public and the media. Sardar Binder Singh, the...

Side Event minorities in South Asia

On 22 March, a side event was held at the Human Rights Council on the situation of minorities in South Asia organized by NEP-JKGBL (National Equality Party Jammu Kashmir, Gilgit Baltistan & Ladakh) in the Palais des Nations in Geneva. The panelists were Prof. Nicolas Levrat, Special Rapporteur on minority issues, Mr. Konstantin Bogdanos, journalist and former member of the Greek Parliament, Mr. Tsenge Tsering, Mr. Humphrey Hawksley, British Journalist and author, expert on South Asian Affairs and Mr. Sajjad Raja, Founder Chairman of NEP-JKGBL. Mr. Joseph Chongsi of the Centre for Human Rights and Peace Advocacy acted as moderator.

Sikh political prisoners and farmers issue to be raised before European Commission

Protests in Brussels in support of Bandi Singh & farmers in India. ESO chief condemns torture & raises awareness in European Parliament.

Thailand persecutes the Ahmadi Religion of Peace and Light. Why?

Poland has recently provided a safe haven to a family of asylum-seekers from Thailand, persecuted on religious grounds in their country of origin, which in their testimony appears to be very different from the...

Pakistan’s Struggle with Religious Freedom: The Case of the Ahmadiyya Community

In recent years, Pakistan has grappled with numerous challenges concerning religious freedom, particularly regarding the Ahmadiyya community. This issue has once again come to the forefront following a recent decision by the Pakistan Supreme Court defending the right to free expression of religious beliefs.

European Sikh Organization Condemns Use of Force Against Indian Farmers’ Protest

Brussels, February 19, 2024 - The European Sikh Organization has issued a strong condemnation following reports of excessive force used by Indian security forces against farmers protesting in India since February 13, 2024. The farmers,...

EU Expresses Outrage and Calls for Investigation into Alexei Navalny’s Death

In a statement that has sent ripples across the international community, the European Union has expressed its profound outrage over the death of Alexei Navalny, a prominent Russian opposition figure. The EU holds Russian...

European Parliamentarians Expose China’s Brutal Religious Persecution

While the Chinese Communist Party subjects European citizens and leaders to a hypocritical image-management campaign, European Parliamentarians are insisting on the truth about China’s barbaric persecution of a religious minority. By Marco Respinti* and Aaron Rhodes** Resolutions by...

Election Year Needs to be a Fresh Start for EU and Indonesia

The collapse of EU-Australia FTA negotiations and slow progress with Indonesia highlight stalled trade facilitation. The EU needs a new approach to promote exports and expand market access to Indonesia and India. Diplomatic outreach and consultation are crucial to prevent further conflicts and ensure a fresh start for both sides.

MEPs Call on Borrell to Take Action to Protect Minority Rights in Iran

The Iranian oppressive regime barred Mahsa Amini's family from traveling to France to receive her prestigious Sakharov Prize, awarded posthumously. Following this, Fulvio Martusciello, head of the Forza Italia delegation and MEP for the EPP group, posed questions before the European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, concerning the plight of women and minorities in Iran and called on him to take a stand on this pressing issue.

Elections in Bangladesh, Massive arrests of opposition activists

The upcoming general elections in Bangladesh are marred by claims of repression, arrests, and violence against the opposition. The UN and the US have raised concerns about human rights violations, while the EU highlights extrajudicial killings.

“Russian oligarch” or not, EU may still be after you following “leading businessperson” rebranding

Following its full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, Russia has been subject to arguably the most comprehensive and severe sanctions ever imposed on any nation. The European Union, once Russia’s biggest trading partner,...

INDIA – Bomb attempt against Jehovah’s Witnesses’ gathering, three dead and dozens injured

A former Jehovah’s Witness claims responsibility. After Germany (March 2023) and Italy (April 2023), Jehovah’s Witnesses are now killed in a bomb attack in another democracy, India An explosive device blew up at a convention...

Tragic Bomb Blast at Jehovah’s Witnesses Meeting in India

In a deeply disturbing event that has shocked the global religious community, a bomb explosion occurred during a Jehovah's Witnesses gathering in Kalamassery, near the port city of Kochi, India. This tragic incident resulted...

Unyielding Persecution of Baha’i Women in Iran

Discover the increasing persecution faced by Bahá'í women in Iran, from arrests to violations of human rights. Learn about their resilience and unity in the face of adversity. #OurStoryIsOne

Omar Harfouch confirms from Washington, America will enter the war against Hezbollah

In the midst of the military and political tensions prevailing in the Middle East, the Honorary Chairman of the European Diversity and Dialogue Committee, Omar Harfouche, arrived in the United States of America, specifically...

All the heads of Central Asian countries meet in Berlin

By Hasanboy Burhanov (founder and leader of political opposition movement Erkin O'zbekiston/Free Uzbekistan) Is the "C5+1" format German in nature, regarding the upcoming meeting in Berlin? On Friday, September 29th, a meeting will take place in...

Over 2000 homes of Jehovah’s Witnesses searched in 6 years in Russia

Discover the shocking reality faced by Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia. Over 2,000 homes searched, 400 jailed, and 730 believers charged. Read more.

Break the silence on persecuted Christians

MEP Bert-Jan Ruissen held a conference and exhibition at the European Parliament to denounce the silence surrounding the suffering of persecuted Christians worldwide. The EU must take stronger action against violations of freedom of religion, especially in Africa where lives are lost due to this silence.
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2 minutes for believers of all faiths in prison in Russia

At the end of July, the Court of Cassation upheld the 2 years and 6 months in prison sentence against Aleksandr Nikolaev. The court had found him guilty of participating in the activities of an extremist organization,...

Russia, Cassation confirms a two years and six months sentence of a Jehovah’s Witness

On 27 July 2023, Aleksandr Nikolaev's prison sentence for participating in extremist activities was upheld in Russia. Learn more about his case here.
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