Dear Friends and Colleagues,
As 2014 draws to a close I would like to thank you all for the splendid work you do to promote a culture of democratic values and human rights among future leaders of your countries and no doubt of Europe too.
For many of you this must feel like a Sisyphean task as we witness the rise of extremist parties and “illiberal democracy” across a growing number of countries Europe wide.
The Azerbaijan authorities must immediately release Ilgar Mammadov, Director of the Baku School of Political Studies, following the definitive ruling by the European Court of Human Rights that his arrest and detention since 2013 breached the European Convention on Human Rights.
The Schools of Political Studies of Morocco and Tunisia have joined their forces to develop a regional dimension for the Schools in the South Mediterranean. Two regional seminars have been organised so far. They have become an annual platform for exchanges and debates between civil society activists, academics, and experts in the fields of political science and human rights on key challenges to the consolidation of democratic processes in the region.Read more