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We, band of brothers, will not be silenced

We, band of brothers, will not be silenced

US President Reagan said: “Above all, we must realize that no arsenal or no weapon in the arsenals of the world is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.” While the repressive efforts of authoritarian regimes around the world are growing, only in the last week-end we witnessed millions of courageous people coming together

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Remarks of Yang Jianli at UN Watch Press Conference

Remarks of Yang Jianli at UN Watch Press Conference

Friday 9 October, Honorary Member of the Global Committee for the Rule of Law “Marco Pannella” Jianli Yang spoke at a press conference organized by UN Watch ahead of the elections to United Nations Human Rights Council, the UN body made up of 47 Members States responsible for the promotion and protection of all human rights around the globe. Chinese

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“The publicity of documents is one of our basic rights”, Finland’s first Intelligence Ombudsman says

“The publicity of documents is one of our basic rights”, Finland’s first Intelligence Ombudsman says

As part of our initiative to promote the people’s right to know, our researcher Lorenzo Domizi interviewed Finland’s first “Intelligence Ombudsman”, Mr. Kimmo Hakonen. As the Daily Finland reported, the watchdog position was established on 17 April 2019 “as part of the legislation that widened the powers of both the national security police as well as the military intelligence”. Mr.

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Armando Armas: Is Hong Kong the New Tiananmen?

Armando Armas: Is Hong Kong the New Tiananmen?

What follow is the English version of an article by Armando Armas, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Assembly of Venezuela and honorary member of the Global Committee for the Rule of Law “Marco Pannella”, published on June 7 in La Gran Epoca on the repression in Hong Kong, and the abuse of violence by the Chinese

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Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China launched

Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China launched

The membership of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China has ballooned to over 100 legislators from 13 countries, in under a week. The rise makes the alliance the single largest bloc of politicians concerned about the rise of China. At the time of launching, on 6 June, the alliance was made up of 18 legislators from 9 countries. It now stands

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More democracy, ecology and transparency to tackle COVID-19: a live streaming debate with Italian Senator Rampi and German MP Schwabe

More democracy, ecology and transparency to tackle COVID-19: a live streaming debate with Italian Senator Rampi and German MP Schwabe

The COVID-19 emergency has changed the vocabulary and the priorities of national and international politics. Terms like “quarantine”, “social distancing” or “pandemic” have now become part of our daily wordbook. However, there is still a need to familiarise ourselves with other equally important terms such as “unity” and “solidarity”, which are distinctive traits of the Council of Europe and the

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How Civic Technology Can Help Stop a Pandemic

How Civic Technology Can Help Stop a Pandemic

Taiwan’s Initial Success Is a Model for the Rest of the World. By Jaron Lanier and E. Glen Weyl for Foreign Affairs The spread of the novel coronavirus and the resulting COVID-19 pandemic have provided a powerful test of social and governance systems. Neither of the world’s two leading powers, China and the United States, has been particularly distinguished in

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