The European Commission walks a tightrope with the EU Green Deal. Despite the long-term objectives of achieving a circular economy and reducing resource use, it plans to increase raw materials mining. A planned lithium mine in Serbia, opposed by local communities, is a poignant example of this tension.
This analysis includes information on human rights issues related to Chinese investment in the CEECA region.
State Obligations to Regulate and Adjudicate Corporate Activities under the European Convention on Human Rights
This study examines State obligations to prevent and redress corporate-related human rights violations under the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.
There are places in Europe today where environmental human rights defenders are beaten, threatened, verbally abused, intimidated, or otherwise prevented from carrying out their legitimate activities in a safe and free manner.
Report documenting digital rights violations in Central & Southeastern Europe during the COVID-19 pandemic finds censorship and media manipulation
In the report, BIRN and Share Foundation conclude that technology, especially in a time of crisis, should not be seen as the solution to complex issues, be that protection of health or upholding public order and safety. Rather, technology should be used to the benefit of citizens and in the interest of their rights and freedoms.
Environmental destruction in times of coronavirus: study brings cases from Europe, the Caucasus, and Central Asia to light
Changing the law in favour of investors, sudden approval of controversial projects, unlawful construction of hydropower plants, illegal logging, or persecution of activists. These are some of the cases of accelerated undermining of human rights and destruction of the environment during the lockdown caused by the COVID-19 global pandemic.
A breakthrough for human rights is needed after 30 years of the EBRD: Case Studies from Uzbekistan, Georgia, Armenia, and Bosnia
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) stands out among multilateral development banks with the commitment of its shareholding countries to the fundamental principles of democracy and respect for human rights. As the EBRD celebrates its 30th anniversary, it is a perfect moment to reflect on the Bank’s track record, human rights policy framework and operational approach.
Two communities in central Bosnia have had reasons to celebrate as they achieved major victories in their campaigns against small hydropower plants near Fojnica and Kruščica. Bankwatch joined them to see what lies behind their success…
Businesses operating in such countries don’t seem to be concerned with human rights records of authoritarian governments, remaining silent, feigning ignorance or at worst helping authorities in their crackdown.
The position of human rights defenders (HRDs) in the Western Balkans is increasingly precarious. Across the region, HRDs and organisations, as well as independent media outlets, are prone to intimidation, threats, smear campaigns, digital and physical attacks, and an overall disregard by national authorities.