Informal Deal for EU Short-Stay Visas

The EU will simplify procedures for requesting and issuing short-stay visas and will use the visa policy to encourage non-EU countries to cooperate on migration. On January 29th Parliament and Council negotiators informally agreed on a new EU Visa Code, establishing the procedures and conditions for issuing visas for short periods (up to 90 days in any 180-day period). The visa fee will rise from 60 to 80€, with some exceptions and reductions (children, students). Applications could be submitted earlier than now – between six months and 15 days ahead of the trip. Additional facilities are planned for well-known artists and high performance athletes touring in the EU, as well as multiple entry visas for frequent travelers.
The informal deal will now be put to vote in the Civil Liberties Committee. It will also need to be confirmed by the plenary before formal adoption by the Council of Ministers. The changes will be applicable six months after the text is published in the Official Journal of the EU.

Source: European Parliament, see also the text of the proposal of the European Commission from March 14, 2018

 

Human Rights Watch World Report 2019

The 29th annual report summarizes key human rights issues in more than 100 countries and territories worldwide, drawing on events from late 2017 through November 2018.

The 674-page book reflects extensive investigative and advocacy work that Human Rights Watch staff undertook in 2018, usually in close partnership with human rights activists and groups in the country in question.  All countries are listed separate, except collected listed United Arab Emirates and European Union. The report can be downloaded for free or searched by country at the website.

Visa denied for Congolese dancers

The premiere of the new creation Histoire(s) du Théâtre II by the Congolese choreographer/director Faustin Linyekula at the NTGent (Belgium), scheduled for February 21, has been canceled. Despite all efforts, the European borders remained closed for three Congolese dancers. Together with directors of the festivals and theatres which were booked for the upcoming tour, Faustin Linyekula (photo) and Milo Rau, artistic director NT Gent, have published an open letter: “Making international artistic cooperation impossible. Is this what we want?”

 

Croatian Case Studies in Eastern European Context

Darko Lukić is a theatre scholar, playwright and novelist. He hold the keynote on recent cases in Eastern Europe at the public symposium “The Challenges of Artistic Freedom” at the Maribor Festival, on October 23, 2018, organised by ACAR with the ITI centres of Slovenia and Germany.
You may read “Degenerate Art” 81 Years after Munich – Eastern European contemporary examples here.

Violent repression in Sudan

The Sudanese government acknowledged the death of 19 people during the nationwide peaceful protests s while Amnesty International reported that 37 people were killed since the 19 December. Also, hundreds were injured while dozens of opposition leaders are under arrest.  The opposition alliance Sudan Call, has urged the international community to stand in solidarity with the Sudanese people in their pursuit for democracy and condemn the violent repression of peaceful protests.

Via the independent theater community in Sudan we got a petition to stop the ethnic discriminatory targeting of Darfuri students. Sign the petition on change.org: United Nations: Stop the ethnic discriminatory targeting of Darfuri students by ruling NCP regime of Sudan

Sources: Sudan Tribune 31st December 2018, Al-Ahram weekly, Sudan Democracy First Group, Young people lead the resistance in Sudan at  Africa is a Country