Podcast: “There is no refugee crisis,” says Strasbourg deputy mayor Nawel Rafik-Elmrini

“Hosting and integrating refugees with dignity is very important for us,” says Nawel Rafik-Elmrini. “If we don’t do it, it means that we as Europeans lose our own dignity.

France: Chechen ‘torture’ deportation complaint set for judgement

Tomorrow, judges will reveal their decision on a deportation human rights complaint against France brought by a Chechen man who fears he will be tortured if sent to Russia.

Jagland hails new international sports convention as “world’s first treaty for fans”

“I am delighted that 11 Council of Europe member states will tonight become the first group of countries to sign the Convention and I am confident many others will soon follow suit,” the Secretary General declared.

France: Court ruling in Muslim-Christian marriage ‘family backlash’ deportation dispute

The case concerned the procedure for her deportation to Guinea. She is married to a Christian and has endured all sorts of violent reprisals on the part of her Muslim father and brothers.

France: Judges reject same-sex marriage human rights complaint

The applicants, Stéphane Chapin and Bertrand Charpentier, argued that limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples amounted to a discriminatory infringement of the right to marry. They also claimed that they had been discriminated against on the basis of their sexual orientation.