A topic that is quite often discussed on this website concerns the inconsistent Human Rights agenda of the EU. Recently, I’ve taken a closer look on the concept of the ‘White man’s burden’, that was popular in the neo-imperialistic times. The similarities between this concept and our modern day Human Rights agenda is quite shocking. Below you’ll find an explanation.
Posts Tagged ‘ Fundamental Rights ’
Last week another series of accusation of paid sexual acts with minors was launched against Italy’s Berlusconi. An orgy with 33 women was the main accusation. Berlusconi himself stated: `As a 75 year old man I won´t be able to satisfy 33 women at the same time´. One of the girls is the 18 year old Moroccan Ruby Rubacuori. Having paid sex with a minor can result in a sentence of 3 years in Italy and could bring Berlusconi, according to some observers, for the first time in real problems. It seems that his government is shaking as a result of these incidents. But does the essence of Berlusconi´s leadership lie in sexism and macho-leadership? No, there is much more.
The parliament in Lithuania is treating an anti-gay law, which has drawn the EP’s attention. They claim that if the law is enforced, Lithuania will fail to protect human rights. This threats the protection of minorities and is restricting diversity in Europe. It is a violation of the Fundamental Rights. It is quite surprising that this story has not received more attention. The lack of media interest and attention from the EU is very disappointing.
Hungary’s new Media Law in puts the new EU-president in an undesirable situation. The controversial law was enforced 1st January 2011 – the same day Hungary started its presidential period in the EU. The inconvenient media storm against the media law is certainly the worst start the Hungarians could dream of. The question is whether the media law is a potential threat to democracy.