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The Responsibility to Protect Ten years on

Ten years ago, in 2005, the United Nations agreed the “Responsibility to Protect”, a doctrine which lays upon states the responsibility to protect their citizens (all of them) from mass killings and lays upon the international community the responsibility to

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The Responsibility to Protect Ten years on

Ten years ago, in 2005, the United Nations agreed the “Responsibility to Protect”, a doctrine which lays upon states the responsibility to protect their citizens (all of them) from mass killings and lays upon the international community the responsibility to

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Transcending loathing

One of the decisions this week at the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) has been related to the killings of journalists, police, and Jewish people in a kosher supermarket in Paris. The recommendation (to the Committee of Ministers) asks

numbers of hate crimes

Transcending loathing

One of the decisions this week at the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) has been related to the killings of journalists, police, and Jewish people in a kosher supermarket in Paris. The recommendation (to the Committee of Ministers) asks

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An invitation to promote human rights

Before I start, I might note that some of the topics here, the structures by which human rights are protected, might seem overly formalistic and even boring. However, in the end of the day, it is those structures that make

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An invitation to promote human rights

Before I start, I might note that some of the topics here, the structures by which human rights are protected, might seem overly formalistic and even boring. However, in the end of the day, it is those structures that make

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A cautious welcome for a new peace initiative

Given QCEA’s long-standing concern about the militarisation of the EU, we were pleased earlier this year to hear that nine European governments had launched a unique new peace organisation: the European Institute of Peace, or EIP for short. The EIP

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A cautious welcome for a new peace initiative

Given QCEA’s long-standing concern about the militarisation of the EU, we were pleased earlier this year to hear that nine European governments had launched a unique new peace organisation: the European Institute of Peace, or EIP for short. The EIP

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The Circular Economy and “better regulation”

On Tuesday the 16th of December 2014 the European Commission announced its work plan for 2015. This College of Commissioners has only been in office since the start of November, and given President Jean-Claude Juncker’s stated aim of being bigger

The Circular Economy. Photo Credit: European Commission DG Envi.

The Circular Economy and “better regulation”

On Tuesday the 16th of December 2014 the European Commission announced its work plan for 2015. This College of Commissioners has only been in office since the start of November, and given President Jean-Claude Juncker’s stated aim of being bigger

Coexistance

European Parliament calls for progress towards peace between secure Israel & independent and contiguous Palestine

As an inhabitant of the Brussels ‘bubble’, I would say that every week brings something interesting. This year has been particularly eventful with the elections for the European Parliament and then the restructuring of the European Commission. This final week

Coexistance

European Parliament calls for progress towards peace between secure Israel & independent and contiguous Palestine

As an inhabitant of the Brussels ‘bubble’, I would say that every week brings something interesting. This year has been particularly eventful with the elections for the European Parliament and then the restructuring of the European Commission. This final week

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Imagine….

“The world is over-armed and peace is under-funded.” — Ban Ki-moon I recently discovered that, according to the European Defence Agency, in 2012 EU governments spent 190 billion euro on war and preparations for war.[1] Not everyone thinks that this

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Imagine….

“The world is over-armed and peace is under-funded.” — Ban Ki-moon I recently discovered that, according to the European Defence Agency, in 2012 EU governments spent 190 billion euro on war and preparations for war.[1] Not everyone thinks that this

Italian Prison. Image Credit: Lendog, Creative Commons.

Imprisoned without good cause: Pre-trial detention in the EU

Almost 500,000 people are imprisoned in European Union Member States. One quarter of these (120,000 people) have not yet had a trial to judge their guilt or innocence: they are in pre-trial detention. QCEA has published a background paper to

Italian Prison. Image Credit: Lendog, Creative Commons.

Imprisoned without good cause: Pre-trial detention in the EU

Almost 500,000 people are imprisoned in European Union Member States. One quarter of these (120,000 people) have not yet had a trial to judge their guilt or innocence: they are in pre-trial detention. QCEA has published a background paper to

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Looking deeper within: Renewing the EU Internal Security Strategy

The European Union’s Internal Security Strategy outlines how the EU seeks to address transnational crime and security challenges, which include terrorism and organised crime. The Strategy was agreed by the European Council (heads of government of each EU Member State)

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Looking deeper within: Renewing the EU Internal Security Strategy

The European Union’s Internal Security Strategy outlines how the EU seeks to address transnational crime and security challenges, which include terrorism and organised crime. The Strategy was agreed by the European Council (heads of government of each EU Member State)

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Maintaining a Quaker voice in a “growth and jobs” narrative

The European Commission is currently running a consultation on the Europe 2020 strategy for economic growth and job creation, and QCEA published its answers last Wednesday (15th October). QCEA focussed on the environmental and climate targets within the strategy. They

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Maintaining a Quaker voice in a “growth and jobs” narrative

The European Commission is currently running a consultation on the Europe 2020 strategy for economic growth and job creation, and QCEA published its answers last Wednesday (15th October). QCEA focussed on the environmental and climate targets within the strategy. They