Archives November 2018

Illustration by Ilham Almougheith, the wife of a former prisoner. She resides in France. with their son Mahmoud who was born while her husband was in prison. Mahmoud and his father have never met because the Israeli authorities forbid him from leaving the West Bank.

Right to Family: the Palestinian Prisoners Smuggling Sperm to their Wives

By Arwa Hleihel “Parallel time” became a well-known phrase in the Palestinian political prisoners’ culture, following the prisoner Walid Daka’s play based on his experience in jail. The play is about their time parallel to the time of people at liberty:in jail nothing moves and there is no meaning to time unless it intersects with real time, such as the few occasions when family or lawyers visit.

The Alexandru Enache-case: is the ECtHR really ready to fight gender stereotypes?

By Liesbet Debecker A little over a year ago, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) rendered its judgement in the case of Alexandru Enache v Romania. Despite this, it is hard to find analyses of the decision in legal literature. This is remarkable, because the court seems to be, to some extent, deviating from previous case law. But is this deviation justified?

The Logic Behind 1+1=1: When Gender Discrimination Takes a Religious Disguise

By Mustapha Hadji On 5 August 2015 my father passed away after twelve years of chronic illness. His passing was devastating to the whole family, but it would have been even more devastating for my sisters and my mother had we followed Moroccan inheritance law. This law is based on Sharia law, and according to it would have been my brother and I that would have taken most of what my father had left us. Legally speaking, two men would have taken more than the share of four women. Luckily, my family cares more for fairness than the law.

The Forgotten ‘Lion Cubs’

by Cassandra Bockstael “Children in ISIL controlled territory are the responsibility of their parents, we will not put ourselves at risk for people who decided to leave for this region”. This citation comes from Peter de Roover, head of N-VA at the Belgian Parliament. Currently, 162 minors residing in Syria and Iraq have at least one parent of Belgian nationality. According to Belgian law, even if these children are not born on Belgian territory, they have Belgian nationality and are Belgian citizens.

In Search of Perspectives – Austria’s Repressive Immigration Policy

By Milena Österreicher Here we are now: Ali, Amal, Mohamad, Fatima, Ahmed, the other students and I, sitting around one table in the classroom. The sun is shining brightly—it’s one of those beautiful summer’s-end days. Falafel, tabouleh, boulani, mamoul and other delicious food piles up on the table. My pupils from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran and Chechnya try to convince me, a vegetarian, to try at least one bite of the meat dish they have devotedly cooked. We are having our farewell dinner on the last day of our four-month German course and finally it pops up, the one question I am by now afraid to be asked: “What comes next?”

Vote! (If You Can): The Obstruction of the Right to Vote in the United States

By Jacquelyn O'Keefe The Right to Vote is the bedrock of democracy. Yet within the United States of America, there are existing barriers that circumvent, limit, and prevent citizens from accessing the political system and exercising their right to vote. Entrenched political interests stagnate the system, aggravate pre-existing limitations, and impede positive change. 

The Hate Speech Dilemma in Politics

By Lauryane Leneveu The history of freedom of expression corresponds to the history of democracy in Europe. Hence, both the affirmation and the considerable importance of this freedom were emphasised following large European social strains such as the Holocaust or the fall of the Berlin Wall. Rapidly, freedom of expression has been recognised as being an indispensable component for the full development of individuals and European communities by guaranteeing open and free pluralistic democratic societies.