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One person’s choice affects so many others, as Tom Mortier, a teacher in Belgium discovered. He once supported the country’s liberal euthanasia laws for the reasons that many do: it seemed to him if a person wants to end their life, it’s their choice. But one person’s tragic decision changed all that. “My mother had… » read more

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by Alice Neffe In 2017, within only a couple of months, academic freedom has come under pressure in several countries. In Turkey, over 4000 academics have been dismissed, in what some called a ‘Nazi-style’ purge of academia. Controversy has also spurred around the Central European University in Hungary when a law passed in the Hungarian… » read more

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by Adina Portaru Every year on 9 May we celebrate Europe Day. The motto of the European Union (EU) is ‘United in diversity’. This came into use in 2000 and reflects the reality that the EU seeks harmonization and integration in a number of areas while being simultaneously enriched by different cultures, traditions, languages and… » read more

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North Korea is the most hostile country to religious groups and especially Christians in the world today. John Chey (name changed for security reasons) experienced this hostility during his double attempt to escape. His accounts of severe torture and systematic killings of people with faith shed a distressing light on the dictatorship of Kim Jung-Eun.… » read more

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By Laurence Wilkinson Fundamental freedoms underpin democracies, which means that the EU should be safeguarding fundamental rights across the Union. Indeed, strengthening the rights of individuals within the EU was the stated intention behind making the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights (‘EU Charter’) legally binding on the EU institutions and national governments. However, two troubling… » read more

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by Sophia Kuby If the EU is serious about its commitment to peace, democracy, and human rights, it has to step up its efforts on freedom of religion or belief. This can only be done meaningfully by establishing an EU Special Representative on Freedom of Religion or Belief. 25 years ago, in the founding Treaty… » read more

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