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Human Rights Violations

Le Pen's politics don't intimidate French Muslim community

Le Pen’s politics don’t intimidate French Muslim community

FRANCE-In the French legislative elections, the left-wing New Popular Front (NFP) emerged victorious in a sudden run-off, defeating the far-right National Rally (RN) in third place and placing President Emmanuel Macron's centrist alliance in second. Can Le Pen's populism shake Muslim faith in France? France was forced to grapple with ongoing political uncertainty as the parliament was expected to be divided into three blocs, none of which could form an absolute majority on its own. After withdrawing almost 200 candidates from the second round in an

French election sees rise of far-right MPs with controversial stances

French election sees rise of far-right MPs with controversial stances

FRANCE-Leader of the far-right Rassemblement National (RN), Jordan Bardella, mentioned only a handful of "black sheep." Stated differently, a small number of RN-nominated candidates for the parliamentary elections whose positions did not align with the party platform.  What's behind the rise of far-right MPs in France? But for the time being, Bardella has been silent on the specific identities of these troublesome candidates, the specific charges that they would be made, and his plans for investigating the subject. Nonetheless, a number of media sources, such as

France's defeat of far-right extremism met with cautious optimism

France’s defeat of far-right extremism met with cautious optimism

FRANCE-The results of last Sunday's parliamentary election, which seemed to embrace the nation's ethnic diversity rather than give the far-right, xenophobic forces a win, were a relief to many French voters from a range of backgrounds. Will France's far-right regroup? Loven Bensimon remarked of the election results, "It was a moment of joy, a light at the end of the tunnel." She celebrated on Sunday in the Place de la Republique in Paris among hundreds of other protestors against the extreme right, gathered around a massive

New Caledonia unrest: French police fatally shoot alleged gunman

New Caledonia unrest: French police fatally shoot alleged gunman

FRANCE- French police shot and killed a suspected shooter in New Caledonia on Wednesday, increasing the total number of casualties from over two months of turmoil in the French Pacific colony to ten. Was the police shooting justified in New Caledonia? Police had been called in to remove obstructions in the Mont-Dore neighborhood outside Noumea, the capital of New Caledonia, when the man was shot and killed. According to a person familiar with the matter, as the police were being fired upon, the individual was killed

Human Rights commission warns of spiking racism in France

Human Rights commission warns of spiking racism in France

FRANCE-A human rights commission research in France discovered that anti-immigration beliefs promoted by the country's far-right are fueling an increase in racism throughout the nation. Is France doing enough to combat rising racism? According to the research, there has been a 284 percent increase in antisemitic attacks since Hamas attacked Israel on October 7 of last year, and tolerance is "declining towards all minorities." Ahead of the weekend's first round of crucial elections, which saw the far-right National Rally (RN) win the majority, a study was

Amidst rising anti semitism, Jewish candidate fights for inclusion in France

Amidst rising anti semitism, Jewish candidate fights for inclusion in France

FRANCE-The customer strolled by the young candidate seeking votes in France's intense and high-stakes parliamentary election amid market booths piled high with fresh food, but she stopped and turned around to voice her concerns to Shannon Seban. Can France's Jewish candidate overcome hate and division? The 28-year-old candidate, who is Jewish and claims she is increasingly experiencing antisemitism, finds what transpired next to be heartbreakingly familiar in the context of the campaign. Prior to Sunday's first round of voting, Seban got into a furious argument with

Massive protests erupt across France against far-right ahead of snap elections

Massive protests erupt across France against far-right ahead of snap elections

FRANCE-Amidst intense campaigning ahead of early legislative elections, anti-racism organizations joined French unions and a newly formed left-wing alliance in protesting the far-right nationalist movement that is on the rise throughout the country. Why are hundreds of thousands protesting in France? According to France's interior ministry, officials expected between 300,000 and 500,000 protestors nationwide on Saturday, with some 21,000 police and gendarmes stationed at demonstrations. Before marching, many in Paris who were afraid that the elections might result in the formation of the country's first far-right

Rape of Jewish girl ignites antisemitism debate in French election campaign

Rape of Jewish girl ignites antisemitism debate in French election campaign

FRANCE-The reported sexual assault of a 12-year-old Jewish girl in what is believed to be an antisemitic incident has shocked the entire country and elevated antisemitism fears in the run-up to the parliamentary elections. How is antisemitism shaping the French election campaign? After attempting to distance itself from antisemitic past, the anti-immigration National Rally party is leading in pre-election polls and might form a government for the first time if it wins the two-round elections that conclude on July 7. Since the Nazi occupation, it would

Paris nightclubs accused of racially discriminatory pricing practices

Paris nightclubs accused of racially discriminatory pricing practices

PAIRS-White patrons at two well-known clubs can pay up to ten times less for admission, according to the French NGO SOS Racisme. Are Paris nightclubs practicing racial pricing? According to a recent discrimination test, two well-known Parisian nightclubs charge varying fees based on the skin color of its patrons. The French daily Mediapart first made this discovery. Mediapart journalists were present at two popular nightclubs in the affluent 16th arrondissement of the French capital, L'aQuarium, which is adjacent to the Trocadero, and L'Arc Paris, which is

Amnesty urges France to protect indigenous rights in New Caledonia

Amnesty urges France to protect indigenous rights in New Caledonia

FRANCE- New Caledonia saw widespread demonstrations following a resolution by the French parliament granting voting rights to French nationals who have resided in the Pacific Islands region for ten years or longer in provincial elections. According to the French government, these measures preserve democracy throughout the archipelago. However, the local populace, especially the 40% of Indigenous Kanak people who live on the islands, fears this could jeopardize their attempts to gain independence from France. French State of Emergency and Indigenous Rights: In response to the recent

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