Monthly Archives: February 2018

Dr Yang Jianli warns against Chinese raising influence

Dr Yang Jianli warns against Chinese raising influence

Saturday 24 February, Chinese scholar and human rights defender Dr. Jianli Yang was in Italy after having participated at the UN opening of the 10th Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy, alongside other prominent human rights defenders. He drew attention to the increasing influence exerted by China on a global scale and stressed the need to promote the universal value of the

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Demonstration in support of Venezuela’s opposition

Demonstration in support of Venezuela’s opposition

Wednesday 21 February GCRL President Giulio Terzi took part in the demonstration #SOSVenezuela held in front of the Italian Parliament to show support and friendship to the Venezuelan people and to demand that the deteriorating situation in the South American country be urgently addressed by the Italian authorities. President Terzi was joined by Secretary General Matteo Angioli and by the

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Ahmet Altan: “The Rule of Law in Turkey is Dead”

Ahmet Altan: “The Rule of Law in Turkey is Dead”

On Friday 16 February, the maximum penalty requested by the Public Prosecutor of the 26th Istanbul Criminal Court was inflicted on the world-renowned intellectuals Ahmet Altan, Mehmet Altan, Nazlı Ilıcak and four other writers and journalists. It is the aggravated life sentence. They were convicted of “subversion of the constitutional order of the Republic of Turkey, belonging to a terrorist

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EU Ombudsman: citizens have the right to know

EU Ombudsman: citizens have the right to know

Following an 11-month inquiry, European Ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly, issued on 13 February a recommendation relating to the transparency of the Council legislative process. As Mrs O’Reilly puts it: “EU citizens have a treaty-based right to participate in the democratic life of the Union. Citizens cannot properly exercise this right unless the EU legislative process is sufficiently open to allow citizens to

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“Ethical Prize” 2017 awarded to the memory of Marco Pannella

“Ethical Prize” 2017 awarded to the memory of Marco Pannella

On Friday 9 February the “Ethical Prize” was presented to honor the memory of Marco Pannella. Amb. Giulio Terzi, president of the Global Committee for the Rule of Law and a member of the Radical Party for many years was the recipient of the prize. The ceremony, organized by Plana Cultural Association chaired by Sergio Costa, took place at Palazzo Reale in Milan.

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Meeting between Pope Francis and Erdogan in the Vatican

Meeting between Pope Francis and Erdogan in the Vatican

The meeting held in the Vatican on 5 February between Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Pope Francis represented a propaganda event useful to improve the heavily deteriorated international image of the Turkish head of state. Erdoğan seized the common view with the Vatican on the very sensitive issue of the status of Jerusalem in order to cast his positive

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