monthly archives

Ensuring Access to Justice: INLAR Story on Pro Bono Legal Help to Refugees

Activities and plans of a project founded at the second EuropeLab organised by the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum

  Poland  Romania  Russian Federation
november 2016
Harry Hummel: ‘The EU is Built upon the Assumption that all its Members are Grown-up Democracies’

Associate Policy Director of the Netherlands Helsinki Committee on the threats to human rights that arise from the political processes in Eastern and Western Europe

  European Union  Netherlands  Russian Federation
november 2016
Remarks on the Polish Legal Community’s Reaction to the Constitutional Crisis

The crisis evolved from a legal problem, which could have been solved by applying the procedures provided by law, to a serious conflict about the entire system of a democratic state

  Poland
november 2016
Elena Zhemkova: ‘Ministry of Justice Decision Contradicts Constitutional Court’s Ruling’

The International Memorial executive director comments on the organisation’s listing as a “foreign agent” in Russia

  Russian Federation
november 2016
Prominent Human Rights Activists Ousted from Russia’s Prison Watchdog

Activists – who did most of the work protecting prisoners – failed to win places on the newly elected Public Monitoring Commissions, the only independent prison watchdog in Russia. Many fear this will lead to an increase in cases of violating prisoners’ rights

  Russian Federation
november 2016
Germany’s New Law Punishes Harassment and Groping, Defines Rape

Public debate triggered by sexual assaults in Cologne on New Year’s Eve 2015 prompted German legislators to specify definitions and toughen punishments for sex-related offences. A review of the new German legislation

  Germany
november 2016
Austria, Denmark Push Refugees Away With Harsher Legislation

This year Austria and Denmark have accommodated half as many refugees as in 2015. The two countries seem to have made accepting as few asylum seekers as possible their goal, adopting some of the toughest laws on refugees in Europe

  Austria  Denmark
november 2016
Russia’s Controversial ‘Yarovaya Package’ Targets Missionaries, Threatens Privacy

The most notorious piece of Russian legislation passed in 2016 is already used to limit religious freedoms, but is yet to come into full force for telecoms

  Russian Federation
november 2016
At Last, Italy Legalizes Same-Sex Civil Unions

Pressured by the European Court of Human Rights, Italian authorities have adopted a law that allows same-sex couples to register civil unions. However, there is still a long way to go for Italy to approve same-sex marriages, human rights advocates say

  Italy
november 2016
Domestic Violence Law: ‘Connected Persons’ Concept Added to Russia’s Criminal Code

The Russian State Duma has liberalised the punishment for beating someone; now beating is a criminal offence only if perpetrated by ‘connected persons’. The new law has come under criticism from both human rights defenders and religious conservatives

  Russian Federation
november 2016
Subsidiary Protection instead of Full Refugee Status Complicates Family Reunification

The Second Asylum Seekers Package in Germany from the point of view of international law and the German Basic Law

  Germany
november 2016
Diversity of Legal Clinics Can Improve Access to Legal Aid

On the role of legal clinics in the formation of Russia’s legal aid system

  Russian Federation
november 2016
International Symposium “Domestic Law in a Global Upswing? The Strained Relationship between International and Domestic Law”

Participants discussed the challenges faced by  civil society both in Russia and in the EU – the rise of nationalism and populism, declining prestige of international institutions, authoritarian tendencies –  and also celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Helsinki Movement

  European Union  Russian Federation
november 2016
Private Life: International and National Legal Standards

Conclusions from the VIII Urals International School of Human Rights

  Russian Federation
november 2016
International Cooperation of Legal Clinics and NGOs

Conclusions from the Round Table on formats of cooperation between Legal Clinics and NGOs held by EU-Russia Civil Society Forum together with Russia’s Centre  for the Development of Legal Clinics

  Russian Federation
november 2016
Márta Pardavi: ‘The Government has no Appetite to Listen to Us’

The co-chair of the Hungarian Helsinki Committee on being labelled a “foreign agent”

  Hungary
november 2016
Polish Parliament Backtracks on Abortion Ban Amid Mass Protests

Hundreds of thousands of Polish women protesting and striking all over the country made the parliament abolish draconian abortion ban – at least, for now

  Poland
november 2016
How is Healthcare for Asylum Seekers Regulated in the EU and in Russia?

German lawyer explains the situation on healthcare for refugees in the Federal Republic and inquires about regulations in other countries

  European Union  Russian Federation
november 2016
Conscripts Allowed to Photograph Their Files

A conscript supported by Soldiers’ Mothers of St. Petersburg wins a case against the Military Commissariat in St. Petersburg City Court

  Russian Federation
november 2016