Europe needs a stronger voice on human rights

  • 2010-03-05
  • Helsinki Times

Despite being nominally committed to defending human rights at all times, the Union has been prepared to sacrifice lofty principles when grubbier issues of geopolitics and economics are at stake. Kenneth Roth, New York-based director of Human Rights Watch expresses both hopes and fears about the direction in which the EU is heading.

Q: Is the EU paying sufficient heed to human rights in institutional reforms it is undertaking?

A: We have recognised and favoured the need for institutional change in that the EU was punching way below its weight. The reason for that really was two-fold. First, the requirement of ...

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