How is the Refugee Crisis covered in Turkish media?

JHS is publishing a new report in cooperation with the think-tank Freedom Research Association on how the refugee crisis is covered in Turkish media. Read more

Continued protests in Venezuela

The economic problems are so long gone in Venezuela that debts have become a real threat to the country. The value of the currency decreases rapidly and inflation is going up. Foreign imports have ceased, resulting in empty shelves in stores around the country. Read more

JHS follows the developments in Ukraine

Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation has for many years been active in support of democracy and rule of law in Ukraine. On our site, we publish regular updates on the situation in the country.
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Mustapha Ussif (left) and Anthony Puowele Karbo.

“We have learned how important the institutions are for democracy to work,” explains Anthony Puowele Karbo, Chairman of the NPP’s youth organization in Ghana. He and Mustapha Ussif was part of a group of young politicians from the Foundation’s sister party in Ghana that visited Sweden for a week in March.
Mustapha Ussif recounts the group’s visit to the Department of Housing and Urban Development in the City of Stockholm. He was impressed by that fact that the department’s work goes on as planned also when the political leadership of the city changes.
“This is not the case in Ghana”, he explains, adding that in this respect Ghana has something to learn from Sweden.
Anthony Puowele Karbo is impressed by the great tolerance that political opponents show each other. (more…)

Today the Council of the Europian Union introduced new restrictions again the Belarusian regime.

The Europian Union has decided to add 29 companies and 12 individuals to some 230 Belarusians already blacklisted in response to repression of the political opposition by President Aliaksandr Lukashenka’s regime. (more…)

Norman Quijano, Mayor of San Salvador and up for reelection.

Sunday March 11, legislative and municipal elections will take place in El Salvador. Opinion polls confirm the decline of the support of  president Mauricio Funes (FMLN) and his government. A survey carried out by Mitofsky in February 2012 shows an increasing mistrust in the Government, as no improvement has been made, rather the contrary. The positive approval rates of the president has fallen 17 percent, and currently six out of ten Salvadorians believe that Funes has lost control over the Government and that he is also  losing control of the country.

When  president Mauricio Funes assumed the presidency 35  percent of the respondent in the polls believed that he didn’t have control over the country, today the aqivalent number is 60 percent. In November 2009, 22 percent estimated that the Funes Government was not what they had expected, now a 62 percent shares this opinion. (more…)

Yesterday, on Sunday of March 4, 2012, Vladimir Putin, currently Russia’s prime-minister, declared his victory in the Russian presidential elections; the victory that was overshadowed by widespread reports of vote-rigging, ballot fraud and other violations during the electoral process across the country. The Central Election Commission announced that with around 25 % of the ballots counted preliminary results indicated that Vladimir Putin won the elections with slightly more than 63 % of the votes, which was predicted by exit polls almost the moment polls closed. (more…)

Walburga Habsburg Douglas and Åsa Lindstam outside the prison.

Walburga Habsburg Douglas, MP representing the Moderate party and Deputy Chairman of the OSCE:s parliamentary assembly was refused on Monday to visit the Ukrainian opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko in prison. Both the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry and the Prisons Authority rejected the application for a visit.

“Ukraine must offer transparency immediately and allow the international community to visit Yulia Tymoshenko in prison and see first-hand the conditions in which she is being kept. Ukrainian diplomats and parliamentarians have offered numerous accounts of how ‘comfortable’ the conditions are in Kharkiv for the former prime minister, harping on the fact that she has comforts of home, like a washing machine” said Walburga Habsburg adding that “the fact is that these messages are no substitute for in-person visits.If the government has a story to tell about the conditions in Ms. Tymoshenko’s cell, then authorities should allow international visitors at once.”
“By focusing the discussion on the prison, the Ukrainian foreign ministry has tried to divert attention from the larger issues related to rule of law and political prosecution,” stated Walburga Habsburg.


“In expression of solidarity and unity, it was agreed that the ambassadors of the EU member states in Minsk will all be withdrawn for consultations to their capitals,” EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said in a statement. It was also decided that all EU Member States will summon Belarusian ambassadors to their foreign ministries. (more…)

Henrique Capriles, a governor, former legislator and founder of the center-right Justice First party, February 12, 2012, won the nomination of a broad coalition of Venezuela’s opposition parties – called the Democratic Unity Panel. Mr. Capriles will face off in October elections against Hugo Chávez, since 13 years the authoritarian leader of Venezuela. “Analysts believe Venezuela’s oft-divided opposition, which for the moment has put its differences aside, has the best chance to oust the president at the polls— if it is able to stay united”, writes the Wall Street Journal.

Following the election Henrique Capriles was slandered by state media stating, among other things that “This is our enemy, the Zionism that Capriles today represents”. “Zionism, along with capitalism, are responsible for “90% of world poverty and imperialist wars.” (more…)

February 15, Foreign Minister Carl Bildt presented the Swedish Government’s Policy in the 2012 Parliamentary Debate on Foreign Affairs. The declaration presents Sweden’s view of EU developments, the status of human rights, international crises and developments in the Middle East and North Africa, along with development assistance, trade and climate policy.

Read the entire declaration here

A delegation with Swedish parliamentarians from the Moderate party and the Social democratic party visited Turkey on February 9, in regards to the country’s work on a new constitution. During the day, a number of meetings with Turkish politicians, scholars and representatives from NGOs were conducted at the Swedish embassy in Ankara. The goal was to exchange ideas and experiences on constitutional issues. The discussions came to focus on, among other things, the country’s election system and the role of minorities in Turkey. The visit was arranged by the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation and the Olof Palme International Center, in cooperation with the Swedish embassy in Ankara.

The delegation visited the Swedish Parliament,  and met with MP:s Gustav Blix, Kristina Hulting and Christian Holm from the Moderate Party, Liselott Hagberg from the Liberal Party and Carin Runeson from the Social Democratic Party. The participants were particularly interested in the structure and the political division of the Swedish Parliament. They were also curious about the different procedures for decision-making.

Moreover, the group was invited to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs where a roundtable discussion was held with well known Swedish Central Asia experts – among them Malena Mård, Head of Department for Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The role of Kirgizstan as a relatively new state, the relationship with EU and the measures taken to fight corruption in order to attract foreign investments in the country were topics brought up.