Legia Warszawa football game nights begin on local trains riding into Warsaw, where fans of the most popular team in the country gather on the way to the stadium from small towns and villages surrounding the Polish capital. The trip is a pre-game ritual: donning Legia T-shirts and green-red scarves, young men, kids as young as 10, and even the odd woman get together in the last wagons of the trains, the bike compartments. Many open cans of beer, some smoke, all talk loudly. With each station approaching Warsaw, they are more numerous and excited, drunker, louder.
Social affairs minister Lodewijk Asscher has dismissed recent claims that the political climate in the Netherlands is a racist, saying the accusation goes too far. A recent report by a Council of Europe human rights committee said the Netherlands needs to do more to combat racism and regretted the fact the funding for initiatives has been cut. The report also criticised the way some politicians and the media describe Muslims and Eastern Europeans as a threat to Dutch society. The claims were backed at the time by the national ombudsman.
He tried to burn the hair of a Jewish student in a racially motivated attack that happened inside their high school. Now lingering concerns about the mental health of a Winnipeg teen have forced a delay in his sentencing hearing.
The 17-year-old -- who can't be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act – appeared in court Thursday expecting to learn his punishment. But provincial court Judge Tim Preston instead ordered a forensic psychiatric report, saying details contained in a different pre-sentence report had raised some red flags to him.
The highest-profile neo-Nazi murder trial in Germany in decades opened Monday amid tight security and intense media interest, with the five accused appearing in public for the first time since their arrest more than a year ago.
Police erected security barriers in anticipation of possible protests by far-right extremist groups, while hundreds of reporters queued outside the Munich courthouse in the hope of gaining one of the few available seats in the packed courtroom for the start of a trial scheduled to last for more than a year.
Community hearings into the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline wrap up this week in Vancouver. As an international human rights organization with strong roots in communities across Canada, Amnesty International wanted to be part of this process to emphasize that whatever the mandate of this specific review, all decisions affecting the lands of indigenous peoples must uphold domestic and international protections for their rights.