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…

While the popular perception about African nations may be that they are home to various warring ethnicities and communities that are deeply steeped in age-old customs, traditions and beliefs, things have been taking a turn for the liberal for quite some time now. Many of these African nations, once embroiled in the internal turmoil and…

The court of Casablanca recently sentenced the leaders of the mass movement known as Rif Hakris to 20 years in prison. They were involved in protests which engulfed the Rif region of Morocco, and were found guilty of participating in a non-authorized protest. The charges were diverse, some of which included compromising state security, conspiracy…

Public health funding in is slowly on the decline and we are seeing the terrible results in every sector of public health. From STDs on the rise to a bloom of infectious diseases, it is of the paramount importance that we collectively address our health, not as individual nations, but as a global community. Not…

“The world is a mess. The world is as angry as it gets” – Donald Trump Liberalism and military matters have always been odd topics to square. As with most ideologies, there are nuances and varied interpretations of liberalism.  Generally though, when one takes a bird eye view of liberal ideology, there is a tendency…

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…

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…

Thursday 17th of May is the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. It was also supposed to be the day when a pride parade was once again organized in Tbilisi, Georgia. However, the parade was cancelled due to the risk of violent counter-demonstrations and a history of attacks. Instead of a manifestation,Equality Movement, who…

One of the striking features of liberal democracies is freedom of expression; it is legitimately guaranteed as a fundamental human right. This right can be expressed through the ballot to select leaders for the governance of state, public and private organisations. Its expression is reflected in Article 19 of the United Nations Declaration of Human…

Since the partition of India in 1947, India stood as a multicultural beacon in a culturally divisive region. While the Sinhalese fought the Tamils in Sri Lanka, and the then Burmese government fought a range of different ethnic groups, Nehru’s India not only tolerated but celebrated its ethnic and religious diversity, following an agnosticism that…