Populism Emerging in Belgium? How the Recent Turmoil Reshaped the Political Landscape

By Liesbet Debecker When, on Saturday evening, the so-called ‘Swedish coalition’ that formed the Belgian government finally crumbled, no one who has followed Belgian politics over the past few weeks was surprised. What exactly happened in this chronicle of a death foretold? What led the Belgian government to collapse over a non-binding international treaty?

Have you met Ghazal? Syrian Refugees aren’t just in Europe

By Tarek Bashour Ghazal is her name; she was nearly six years old when she was rescued from drowning in front of the camp of displaced people where she and her mother share a tent with six others. Ghazal’s father fell during the war whilst fighting against the regime. She was told that her father was swimming in the sea with the nice colourful fish, and so she ran to the water in front of her camp and searched for him until the air left her lungs. Now she is 12 years old and she knows that he is dead. She hates the regime for killing her father but does not realise how many fathers he killed on the other side.

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.