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Human Rights Watch : human rights activists appeal to Germany and Europe

The Human rights organization Human Rights Watch calls on Germany to use its growing international role in terms of human rights. The Director of HRW, Kenneth Roth, said during the presentation of the annual report on Thursday, the German membership in the UN security Council during the next two years. It could happen, for example, that the situation in North Korea, slide as happened recently, from the agenda, because the United States have a greater interest in a nuclear Deal with Pyongyang, he said.

"Warsaw, and Budapest Fund their policy with EU-money"

In an interview with the daily mirror had mentioned Roth earlier, the presidency of the EU, Berlin will be held in the second half of 2020. You should be used to put pressure on people, dangerous to the law-the end of EU governments, such as the Polish and Hungarian under pressure: Europe questions, a pioneer in human rights, but "miserable, against its own members," said Roth. "Those who have once been part of the club, must be based on the strict criteria hardly measure."

Poland was the largest net recipient of EU money in Hungary and get per head of its population with the most out of Brussels. Both governments used the money but for your political Agenda. The budget could be the means of the European Union, "to be mistress of her existential crisis".

HRW had chosen for the presentation of his global report, specifically Berlin. The situation in Europe is - in a Positive as well as Negative - also a focus of the report, the global situation of human rights in the past year in more than a hundred countries, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. On the one hand, he sees in Warsaw and Budapest governments at the factory, which degrade the rule of law and democratic rights. "Poland is a classic example of autocratic action," said Roth in Berlin. You'll be in the elections and under the cave, then, democratic institutions and the independence of the judiciary - "a key element of autocratic approach".

In both countries show that a powerful have against the movement's success, the resistance of the citizens on the street, and the Intervention of the EU. It had not solved all the problems, but this had changed "a lot". Poland's government was forced to abandon its action against the judges of the constitutional court recently.

a turning point in Hungary: The slave-law

The Hungarian HRW researcher Lydia Gall reported on a similar development in Hungary. There, tens of thousands are now on the road, the so-called "slave law" was for many of the country people "the straw that broke the camel's back". The demonstrations against the law were now also to the freedom of the press and the "endemic corruption". The "slave law" increased in vergangnenen year, the allowable number of Overtime hours from 250 to 400 in a year, three years, more work has to be paid also. The German car industry, the most important industrial employer in Hungary, is considered to be a major beneficiary of the law.

In the past years, hundreds of thousands have left the country. The policy of the government have caused this shortage of labour, said Gall, and threatening "the basic values of the EU". Therefore, the Hungarian people of Berlin need "the support of Berlin and the EU".

HRW Director Roth called on the Europeans to let the actual divisions are not by the Act hold. There was on the continent anyway different Status, members of the Schengen area and those outside, full members and those with a contract binding on the EU members of the Euro and the national currency.

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"The solution is not to give up and go home," said Roth. In the past year, I can also see that the "power of print" by the individual States, such as Germany in alliances with other middle or small States and civil society organisations. "The big news of the last year, the growing authoritarian tendencies, but the growing resistance against them is not."

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