French President Emmanuel Macron visits the vandalised Jewish cemetery in Quatzenheim, eastern France, on Tuesday. French residents and public officials from across the political spectrum geared up Tuesday for nationwide rallies against anti-Semitism following a series of anti-Semitic acts, including the swastikas painted on about 80 gravestones at the Jewish cemetery. Photograph: Frederick Florin/ AP

For generations after the second World War, anti-Semitism remained a taboo in Europe – a disease that appeared to afflict only the most irrelevant big(...)

European Commission vice-president Frans Timmermans:  is  adamant the adoption of a definition of anti-Semitism  will not mute criticism of Israel.  Photobrexit: John Thys/AFP

Nine out of ten European Jews feel anti-Semitism has increased over the last five years, while 85 per cent consider it the biggest social or political(...)

Aisling Byrne, domestic abuse survivor, features in Tabú, Ag Teacht Slán: ““Even with the safety order in place, what she calls the psychological torture continued. “I would wake up and he’d be standing over me.”

“He was a true gentleman. A really lovely guy. He couldn’t do enough for me. And then, the second night of our honeymoon, the abuse started.” Priscil(...)

NUI Maynooth: The Edward M Kennedy Institute is leading a research project on religion and peacebuilding within the framework of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe. Photograph: Eric Luke

A consensus on European values and a wholesome confidence in the future of Europe are further away now than 15 years ago. A similar psychological slip(...)

Protest rallies were carried out across Ireland on Thursday after the #IBelieveHer hashtag trended on Twitter in support of the woman at the centre of the Belfast rape trial. Photgraph: Pacemaker Press

Rape is an exceptional crime. Yet it continues, at most stages in our criminal justice system, to be treated like any other crime. Despite the traum(...)

‘A blanket ban on foreign funding can never be human rights compliant,’ said Colm O’Gorman, Executive Director of Amnesty International Ireland.  File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Restrictions on the right of non-governmental organisations to receive foreign funding breach EU, UN and Council of Europe legal obligations and threa(...)

State’s Special Rapporteur on Child Protection Geoffrey Shannon. Mr Shannon has said legislation should be introduced compelling schools to have a strong disciplinary code on bullying and cyberbullying. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Legislation should be introduced compelling schools to have a strong disciplinary code on bullying and cyberbullying, the State’s Special Rapporteur o(...)

A US soldier holding a dog in front an Iraqi detainee at Abu Ghraib prison on the outskirts of Baghdad. Photograph: AP Photo/The Washington Post

The abhorrent practice of torture is a curious thing. Governments will almost never admit to perpetrating it while, at the same time, it is p(...)

The findings of the EU’s Fundamental Rights Agency survey on violence against women are important and shocking. The study of 42,000 women acros(...)