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Rising xenophobia against minorities, refugees, and Muslims is a pressing human rights challenge.

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February 16, 2017 Protests have spread from the suburbs into the city of Paris over the alleged police rape of a young black man. Théo, 22-years-old, says he was beaten, a police baton was forced into his anus, and he...
February 15, 2017 By Dora Illei As the French presidential elections approach and the race tightens, Marine Le Pen of the far-right National Front party seems to have found allies within the U.S. government: Iowa...
December 16, 2016 A few weeks after the U.S. election, I was in Berlin to discuss a report we are writing on xenophobia and extremism in Germany. In parallel, we watched with alarm as violence driven by...
October 12, 2016 Reports over the weekend indicate that the main left-leaning opposition newspaper in Hungary was shut down. While the official line is that the newspaper was shut down on commercial grounds, many...
September 22, 2016 By Dora Illei German Chancellor Angela Merkel's party, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), continued to lose voters in the September 18 German state election. It won only 17.6 percent of the...
August 23, 2016 By Zahava Moerdler Immediately following the U.K.'s vote to exit the European Union, there was a significant uptick in hate crimes in the U.K. and throughout Europe. Unfortunately, this trend has...
August 12, 2016 By Joe Jenkins When Ibtihaj Muhammad stepped onto the piste of Rio’s Carioca Arena, saber in hand, she had her sights on Olympic gold. In her first match, Muhammed deftly outmaneuvered Olena...

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January 1, 2017

As Germany faces important national elections this year, it is at a tipping point. The country has struggled to deal with an influx of refugees, extremism, and the rise of hate speech online. Germany is a close ally of the United States in Europe; the new Trump Administration and U.S.

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Factsheet | February 07, 2017
On January 27, 2017, President Trump issued an executive order that: 1) Bars Syrian refugees from coming to the United States indefinitely; 2) Bars nationals from seven Muslim-majority...
Report | February 06, 2017
Germany is at a tipping point as it heads into important national elections in 2017. Hate crimes, particularly those associated with xenophobia, have increased drastically—from 5,858 cases in 2014 to...
Issue Brief | June 21, 2016
Poland’s Anti-Terror Law Recommendations for U.S. officials attending Warsaw NATO Summit 2016 Background Since the right-wing Law and Justice Party took office in Poland after the...
Factsheet | April 22, 2016
Germany is facing a tipping point. Germany is Europe’s economic and political lynchpin; as such, Germany is positioned to play a leadership role in a number of crises. Between the influx of...

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