Rights Protection by the EU
All EU governments have promised to protect human rights, democracy and the rule of law. No country can join the EU until it has shown that it has laws, policies and institutions in place to uphold these fundamental values, such as a free media and an independent judiciary. Once a country is inside the EU, however, the Union has limited powers to make sure the government sticks to these promises. This topic covers the work we do to persuade the EU to create stronger powers to protect its fundamental values, and the work we do to persuade the EU to use the powers it already has to prevent governments inside the Union from abusing human rights.
Rights Protection by the EU articles
•The two organizations sent a letter to Diego García-Sayán, the new UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, requesting that he visit Spain to see in person the existing challenges to a free and independent judiciary.
•According to the commission of the Bar Association, many programs for the upcoming March elections contain measures that are conflicting with human rights and threaten the rule of law.
•The first professor specialized in human rights education to teach at a Dutch university was appointed on January 1.
•Belgium refused to accept a court decision that had ordered the secretary of state for migration and asylum to issue a visa to a Syrian family. Several NGOs are now urgently calling on the United Nations and the Council of Europe to save the rule of law.