Meet Astrid Zwinkels, a 25-year-old Jonge Democraten member, who tries to influence Dutch policy on Prostitution. Not only is her academic career dedicated to this subject, she is also involved in JD’s working group Diversity & Participation. Apart from that she is official secretary of the student council of the University of Amsterdam. DEMO magazine…

A young Sudanese man languishes on a fence next to the railway line that sunny July evening in Calais. In Sudan, perhaps he had been an engineer, an electrician or a teacher. Instead, in this sprawling mass of mud-caked tents and mobile homes, he is one of the estimated ten thousand[1] rendered reliant on volunteer…

The Liberal Government in Canada has been praised for its policy on Syrian Refugees this past year. Canada is known as a country that is accepting of new migrants; a policy of acceptance that is woven into the fabric of the country. Although the government and a large majority of the country’s population have accepted refugees,…

Playtime is over.  The Conceil d’Etat, France’s highest administrative court, ruled against the “anti-burkini” bylaw of the municipality of Villeneuve-Loubet (French Riviera). In France, the end of the summer was given rhythm by a sad debate. This was an embarrassment to our politicians and around thirty mayors who decided to implement limitations, limiting the access…

Much has been thought, said and written recently about Germany’s asylum practice. Weekly or even daily, it seems, there are new facts and figures, proposals and demonstrations on whether to open or close borders, on humanitarian commitment and welcoming culture. When speaking with Germans or international observers, one is quite likely to hear their position…

The Syrian refugee crisis is the largest humanitarian disaster since WW2. 13.5 million people need humanitarian assistance within Syria. 4.6 million refugees are on the run from ISIS and the authoritarian regime of Syria. 6.6 million people are currently displaced within Syria: half of them are children. Countless lives have been lost at sea, and hundreds…

Indian residential colleges/universities provide food to the hostel students in the mess system. Many such universities of national character, including institutes of law, technology, management and so on, have messes that run on rent-seeking, free-riding and collective/singular coercion forcing surrender of personal liberty. Let us demystify the institutional format of these messes: if you are…

With Dutch journalist Ebru Umar, who was released from arrest by the Turkish authorities yesterday, still being denied her right to leave the country, we decided to subtitle this video by Alvise Pérez. Alvise was attending IFLRY’s General Assembly Istanbul, Turkey, the weekend before last, and decided to make this video then. Sadly, the video…

Fares and Hamada, two little boys that have so much in common. They share the innocence of every child. They just want to play on a playground with their friends, go to school, learn new things, explore  and be happy. The two of them also shared the misery of losing their home and maybe family…

The European Union and its member states have made huge strides in the past few decades with regards to the development and implementation of human rights. Its adherence to fundamental human rights is most clearly reflected in its active attempts to encourage countries not only in its immediate neighbourhood but across the world to adopt…