Viral hepatitis, which is hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E, is a heavy burden on global health. Acute hep-B and C account for 2.7 percent of deaths around the world. While 2 percent may seem like a small percent of the world, that’s more people than the entire redhead population of the globe and…

The Sword of Damocles of Russian non-participation was hanging over the summer session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). Russia is currently not participating in PACE sessions. Recently, it threatened to go even further, announcing to cut its funding for the Council of Europe in order to keep up the pressure…

A lack of other options will guarantee the survival of the transatlantic relationship The European-American relationship has seen better days. Over the last weeks, the war of words between Europe and the US has escalated. This raises the question where the transatlantic relationship is heading. Are we heading towards the end of close transatlantic interactions…

Since the 1960s, a drastic decrease in military coups has been noted worldwide, yet challenges to democracy persist. Democracy is still threatened and attempts to end or weaken it are numerous, but they are less visible than the tanks of coup plotters or the armed party members of the 1930s: Modern threats to democracies are…

Wednesday the 27th of June 2018 was a historical day for the (political) climate in The Netherlands. On this day, seven political parties presented their proposal for a “Climate Law.” If it is passed, it will make the Netherlands the eighth country with a law regulating carbon emissions (after the UK, Mexico, Denmark, Finland, France, Norway,…

For over 65 years, the International Federation of Liberal Youth (IFLRY), its predecessors WFLRY and EFLRY, and regional networks, such as LYMEC and CALD, have been bringing young liberals from around the world together to promote the values of freedom, human rights and democracy. Many of these young people have not only used that enriching…

Pride events – whether they take the form of celebrations, protests, or marches – are intended to raise the visibility LGBTI people as an oppressed minority. Pride Radar, an inventory made by InterPride, the global federation of pride organisers, of almost 1200 prides all around the world, is proof of how vibrant the global pride…

Why do people sometimes stand up against tyranny, and sometimes simply put up with it? The answer to this question has so many factors that it is hard to come up with a single answer. Still, I believe the main driving force for people to fight against tyranny is that simple feeling: Hope. Especially after…

During recent years, Europe has faced a refugee crisis. A great amount of people in regions close to Europe had to flee their home country due to war, violence or persecution. Even though people are displaced every day, Europe wasn’t prepared for the mass of people coming to its territory to seek help. After Europe’s…

Someone once said that human rights start with breakfast. It is an inherent part of any human’s life. Still, if we look around the world today we’ll see there are numerous violations of these rights, including murders, torture, illegal imprisonment, gender inequality, and disrespect towards minorities to name but a few.  In many cases, such…