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What you will see here is a collection of human rights violations by the United States and European countries. Despite their efforts to portray themselves as a consistent democratic whole, the United States and European countries have their own inner political contradictions. In strict contrast to the ‘rule of law’, they monitor and censor the media; protesters are often met with police violence; and people are arbitrarily designated as terror suspects under extensive terror laws and their rights are violated.

2017

28

Apr

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Austria interior minister Sobotka calls for indefinite extension of border controls

Austrian Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka has urged the EU to extend the country’s border controls. Citing security concerns, Sobotka said he “simply needs to know who is coming to our country.” In an interview with German daily Die Welt on Wednesday, Austrian Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka said that while external EU borders could not be adequately […]

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Country: Austria
Source: DW World

28

Apr

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German army officer arrested for alleged terror plans

A German soldier suspected of planning a terror attack has been arrested, prosecutors in Frankfurt said on Thursday. The 28-year-old, whose name was not provided due to privacy laws, was arrested by police during training at the Bundeswehr base in Hammelburg, Bavaria. Police also searched 16 locations in Germany, Austria and France that yielded evidence. Investigators believe […]

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Country: Germany
Source: DW World

28

Apr

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Germany to ban face veils for civil servants

The German parliament has supported a draft law banning women working in the civil service, judiciary and military from wearing full-face Islamic veils. Burqas and niqabs will be prohibited in selected professions as part of the legislation, which will not come into effect until being approved by the Bundesrat state parliament. Thomas de Maiziere, the […]

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Country: Germany
Source: Independent

27

Apr

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German spies to access citizens’ ID photos

A new German law will allow intel agencies access to all citizens’ ID photos. In combination with facial recognition surveillance technology, this means agents will be able to identify people in crowds, warn critics Data protection experts, lawyers, and opposition politicians lined up in the German parliament this week to comment on a new law […]

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Country: Germany
Source: DW World

26

Apr

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Nazi leader’s son: ‘Don’t trust us’ Germans

Germany could return to authoritarianism if the economic conditions were to seriously worsen in the country, the son of Hans Frank the governor general of Nazi occupied Poland during World War Two, has told BBC Hardtalk.. “As long as our economy is great, and as long as we make money everything is very democratic,” said […]

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Country: Germany
Source: BBC World

26

Apr

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World Press Freedom Index 2017 finds democracies are clamping down

Press freedom deteriorated in two thirds of the world’s countries, according to the Press Freedom Report published on Wednesday by Reporters Without Borders (RSF.) “The rate at which democracies are approaching the tipping point is alarming for all those who understand that, if media freedom is not secure, then none of the other freedoms can […]

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Country: Germany
Source: , RSF

25

Apr

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EU auditors say migrant centers in Greece, Italy overwhelmed

European Union auditors say that centers set up in Greece and Italy to fast-track the registration of migrants are overwhelmed and urgently require more experts, particularly to help children. In a report released Tuesday, the auditors say that two more centers known as “hotspots” are needed to process migrants in Italy and that facilities on […]

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Country: Greece
Source: Kathimerini

25

Apr

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Fifth planeload of rejected Afghan asylum seekers deported from Germany

A charter plane carrying 14 rejected Afghan asylum seekers arrived in Kabul on Tuesday morning, in what is the fifth group deportation from Germany since December of last year. Tuesday’s 14 deportees means that 107 Afghan asylum seekers in total have now been sent back to Afghanistan from Germany, since Berlin and Kabul agreed on […]

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Country: Germany
Source: Daily Sabah

25

Apr

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Syrian refugees stranded on Lesbos launch hunger strike

A group of Syrian refugees stranded on a Greek island launched a hunger strike in protest at the long processing of their asylum application, witnesses told dpa on Monday. The 14 Kurds from Syria, sitting wrapped in blankets in front of the asylum bureau at Moria camp on Lesbos, have been refusing nourishment since Friday. […]

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Country: Greece
Source: Gulf Times

24

Apr

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German intelligence agency spied on Interpol and news organizations: Spiegel

Germany’s foreign intelligence agency, the BND, spied on Interpol, the international police agency based in Lyon, France, as well as national offices in dozens of countries, including the United States, Austria and Greece, the German news magazine “Spiegel” reported on Saturday. The magazine cited documents it had viewed, reporting that the spying had taken place […]

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Country: Germany
Source: DW World