Three champions of democracy and free speech from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ukraine and Azerbaijan emerge as frontrunners for European Parliament´s 2014 prize for freedom of thought.Read more
Scottish Member of the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee Alyn Smith has today (Tuesday) used the Commissioner hearings to call for greater and more active EU support for civil society organisations in Europe's southern neighbourhood.Read more
SNP Member of the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee Alyn Smith has called for full transparency and enforcement of sanctions against sales of oil by the organisation calling itself "Islamic State" (IS) in northern Iraq.Read more
International couples, whatever their sex, will get equal treatment if they divorce or if one of them dies thanks to changes made by the European Parliament in a move welcomed by SNP MEP Alyn Smith.Read more
SNP MEP Alyn Smith has welcomed the Scottish Human Rights Commission re-election to the role of Chair of the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) today.Read more
Despite the litany of threats and ‘warnings’ of the dangers of self-governance, the reality is that we are governed by reckless ideologues. Cameron threatens to ‘temporarily withdraw’ from the European Convention on Human Rights in order to expedite radical cleric’s deportation. Alyn Smith explores the ‘axis of incredulity’.
Published by Bella Caledonia on May 2nd 2013Read more
The European Parliament has called for an investigation into the treatment of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails following the controversial death of Arafat Jaradat last month.