During the wars in former Yugoslavia, some 130,000 members of the minority of the Roma, Ashkali and Egyptians (RAE) from Kosovo, fled. After arson attacks and expulsions during the war in Kosovo in 1999, and after the renewed flare-up of ethnic violence in 2004, no more than 35,000 of them still live in Kosovo today. For years, the German Federal Government has tried to deport a large number of the RAE refugees living in Germany to Kosovo – a total of more than 10,000 people.
Archive for the ‘Human Rights’ Category
Witnesses of human rights abuses by European Transnational Corporations in Latin America presented their cases in the European Parliament at the 18th of November 2009. In preparation of the People’s Permanent Tribunal (TPP) at the alternative EU-LAC summit, 14-18 May 2010 in Madrid, e.g. Brazilian Fisher of a bay near Rio de Janeiro showed how a Thyssen-Krupp steel plant infringes environmental law with the result of displacing local fisher. The situation is tense: on the one side, the fisher are organising themselves; on the other side, the companies’ security service is enunciating death threats against the fisher.
I am very happy to be here on this memorable day, and to be able to speak here sixty years after the proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. I would like to speak about universal human rights and the European left. In so doing, it is necessary that we remember the past, and define the point of understanding that we as left democrats have now reached. I would like to dedicate my remarks to Anna Politkovskaya and all those people who have taken risks, including that of their own lives, for the freedom of expression.