human rights

World Cup 2018 Confirms: Democracies Better at Playing Football

One of the many rituals of a football World Cup is to take comprehensive stock after the tournament. So it’s time to review our Democracy World Cup and analyze our predictions. Were we right in our thesis that there is a connection between a country’s democratic quality and the performance of its national football team? […]

Scoring with Free Elections and Civil Rights

For the first time since the end of the Cold War, an autocracy hosts the World Cup. Reason enough for us to uphold values such as inclusion, participation and fair play not only on the pitch but also in society as a whole. Because football and democracy have much more in common than it seems […]

Refugee Camp with lots of tents at the Turkish-Syrian border.

Turkey: No Future for Refugees

Despite many official claims, Turkey cannot be considered a safe country – neither for migrants nor for its own citizens. Without effective rights-based policies, agreements like the EU-Turkey deal are of no practical consequence for refugees living on the Bosporus. This article is part of our “Migration & Transformation” series. Many governments and civil societies […]

Hiring Bullies as Bouncers

Facing record immigration numbers, the European Union has started to look into closer cooperation with governments in Africa. In the Khartoum Process, the EU intends to set the fox to keep the geese, as it is those governments’ actions that people are trying to run away from. This article is part of our “Migration & […]

Air strike in Sana'a

Trapped in Yemen

Long time, Yemen was mainly a stop-over for African migrants to the Gulf states. With the war in Yemen entering its second year, migratory flows have reversed. While thousands – East Africans and Yemenis – flee the country, many remain trapped in the humanitarian and political disaster on the Arabian Peninsula. This article is part […]

Photo: Soldiers of the Kenyan Contingent serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia in the southern Somali port city of Kismayo.

Somali Refugees: Between Shelter and Discrimination

In a time of refugee crises and Islamist terror, many countries face the challenge of balancing national security interests and humanitarian obligations. Somalis in Kenya know that this often means a life between discrimination, food aid, and threat of expulsion. This article is part of our “Migration & Transformation” series. Many governments and civil societies […]

Afghans who were repatriated are arriving to Afghanistan in a truck with an Afghan flag on it

Pakistan’s Uneasy Relation with Afghan Refugees

The latest efforts of the government in Islamabad to repatriate Afghan refugees show that Pakistan’s refugee problem is deeply connected with the country’s response to terrorism and with international cooperation. This article is part of our “Migration & Transformation” series. Many governments and civil societies in developing and transition countries are confronted with the influx […]