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Between Regime Oppression and a Sedentary European Union: Insights into Artists and Human Rights Violations in Turkey

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Human rights violations have been ongoing in Turkey for decades, bolstered through an unjust legal system that results in the systemic grievances that the EU has failed to properly address. This report finds that these violations disproportionately impact artists, academics, lawyers and activists who express opposition against the regime.

Protests in Iran: a Desperate Call for Domestic Reform

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The Islamic Republic is not immune to social unrests. Since 2017 onward, Iran has been the theatre of several spontaneous protests and riots, illustrating the consequences of complex structural deficiencies. Despite the regime’s concerted efforts to forcefully contain the protests, often through repression or intimidation, the recurrence of unrests reveals an underlying failure to address the root causes of numerous issues.

 

Regional OSCE Conference - Foreign Terrorist Fighters: Addressing Current Challenges

Submitted by BIC on Wed, 02/12/2020 - 10:50

On 11 February, the BIC attended the opening of a two-day, high-level regional conference on challenges posed by foreign terrorist fighters in Vienna. The conference saw the presence of more than 400 participants from over 70 countries, including main organizers such as the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT), the OSCE, and Switzerland, in co-operation with Albania’s OSCE Chairmanship.

Combatting a Geopolitical Void: The EU’s Role in the Future of Iraq

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Currently, the Iraqi security sector has relied on international assistance over the past years to combat terrorism within the country through capacity building, military trainings and financial assistance. With current tensions in the region, Iraq has called for a withdrawal of all foreign military troops, which could have widespread consequences that impact the future stability of the country.  

 

Turkey and Libya: The Urgency for Europe to Act to Prevent Further Tragedy

As Libya’s war enters 2020, dynamics within the war-ravaged country took a dramatic turn when the Turkish parliament, a regional ally of the GNA[1] in Tripoli, approved on 3 January 2020 the deployment of Turkish ground-forces in support of the GNA’s position. Since then Turkey has sent military advisors, and Syrian rebel forces allied with Turkey, in support of Fayez al-Serraj’s[2] administration.

Welcome Letter to EU Leaders

BIC President, Ambassador Marc Otte, welcomes new EU leaders with words of advice on three key issues that will shape an audacious agenda for a stronger and smarter Global Europe, and ensure that the EU demonstrates true leadership in an unpredictable geopolitical arena with emerging actors and new challenges.

 

 

Dear EU Leaders,