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About Judith Sunderland

Judith Sunderland is Human Rights Watch associate Europe director, based in Milan and the author of the report Shattered Dreams: Impact of Spain’s Housing Crisis on Vulnerable Groups. Follow her on Twitter: @sunderland_jude

Articles by Judith Sunderland

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Italy’s dangerous direction on migration

Italy needs greater support to ensure a humane approach to migrants and to protect refugees, but Europe should insist that Italy’s government respect human rights.

EU’s approach to migrants: humanitarian rhetoric, inhumane treatment

The European Commission is working on its ‘comprehensive migration agenda’ while migrants continue to die at sea. Its tenets should be self-evident, yet some proposals for it are troubling.

A pensioner’s plight highlights Spain’s housing rights crisis

In the first six months of 2014, banks reclaimed over 26,500 homes. The dream of owning one’s own home has, for many, turned into a nightmare of foreclosures, evictions, and over-indebtedness.

Spain’s attacks on fighting back

The Spanish government's violent campaign against the grassroots Platform for Mortgage Victims is a dangerous turn against freedom of speech and association. These attacks must stop.

Italy: racism and risk

The refusal of Italy's official agencies to acknowledge the extent of racist crime in the country reinforces the damage inflicted on its victims, says Judith Sunderland.
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