monthly archives

News Feed: Germany/Turkey: German Die Welt reporter Deniz Yucel is free from Turkish jail

Deniz Yücel was in detention for a year — without indictment and with great uncertainty. Now he is free and landed in Germany. Source: welt.de

february 2018
News Feed: UK: British judge upholds arrest warrant for Julian Assange

Judge Emma Arbuthnot rejected a call from Assange’s lawyers for the warrant to be revoked because he is no longer wanted for questioning in Sweden over alleged sex crimes. Source: apnews.com

february 2018
News Feed: The Netherlands: Senate approves automatic organ donor registration

The Dutch Senate voted in favor of a new law that automatically makes every adult living in the Netherlands an organ donor. Source: nltimes.nl

february 2018
News Feed: Germany: Human Rights Watch criticized social media law

The new German law that compels social media companies to remove hate speech and other illegal content can lead to unaccountable, overbroad censorship and should be promptly reversed, said Human Rights Watch. Source: hrw.org

february 2018
News Feed: Hungary: The UN called anti-migration bill an ‘assault on human rights’

The proposed bill could lead to banning NGOs dealing with migration. Source: euobserver.com

february 2018
News Feed: Russia: US Justice Department accuses 13 Russians of interfering in US elections

The charges are brought in particular against the businessman and president’s acquaintance Evgeny Prigozhin and his companies Concord Management and Concord Catering. Source: vedomosti.ru

february 2018
It is like that phrase “don’t think about white bear”
Polish law professor Monika Platek reflects on the controversial Polish law on criminal liability for publicly implicating the state or people of Poland in Nazi crimes
  Poland
february 2018
Dissolved for international solidarity
"Foreign agents" law now enforced against Russian trade unions
  Russian Federation
february 2018
A Legal Battle against History
Poland outlaws public mention of the "Polish people or State's responsibility for the Third Reich’s crimes"
  Poland
february 2018
News Feed: Ireland: Supreme Court strikes down ban preventing asylum seekers working

Five judge court had unanimously ruled in May that the ban was unconstitutional. Source: irishtimes.com  

february 2018
News Feed: The Netherlands: Dutch judges refer British expats’ European citizenship case to top EU court

Ahead of Brexit, UK citizens living in the Netherlands applied to court to have their rights as EU citizens recognized and protected. The court has passed their queries on to the European…

february 2018
News Feed: UK: British hacker Lauri Love wins fight against extradition to US

After a five-year legal battle against extradition, Love was told on Monday morning that he would not be sent to the US for face trial for hacking into computer systems including NASA,…

february 2018
News Feed: Russia: Moscow City Court authorizes journalist of Novaya Gazeta Ali Feruz to eave Russia for third country

Ali Feruza is accused of violating the rules of entry into Russia or the regime of stay in the country. In early August, the court ruled to force Feruz out of Russia…

february 2018
News Feed: Turkey: Rights watchdog to visit Turkey over rule of law

The head of the human rights watchdog Council of Europe, Thorbjorn Jagland, is going to Turkey next week amid a proposed roadmap from Ankara to fastrack EU-required reforms, in order to lift…

february 2018
News Feed: Opinion: Spain turns its back on migrant children’s rights

At this very moment, some children in Spain are being held in adult immigration detention centres, pending return to their home countries. Source: euobserver.com

february 2018
Operation starve & strangle
How the government uses the law to repress Hungary's civic spirit. Joint statement of the Hungarian Helsinki Committee and Hungarian Civil Liberties Union.
  Hungary
february 2018
News Feed: Hungary: Government is preparing ‘Stop Soros’ law package

According to the draft, “promoters of illegal migration” would be required to share data with the authorities, and would have to pay a 25 percent tax on donations from abroad. Source: dailynewshungary.com

february 2018
News Feed: World: ‘A crisis for human rights’: new index reveals global fall in basic justice

More than 70 of 113 countries surveyed for latest Rule of Law Index report their fundamental human rights are being eroded. Source: theguardian.com

february 2018
News Feed: Russia: “Agora” reports on Internet freedom in Russia

The conclusions of the report are disappointing: journalists, bloggers and Internet activists are still being chased; the state expands the list of grounds for blocking and banning. Source: meduza.io

february 2018
News Feed: EU: Civil society under threat, Fundamental Rights Agency finds

In many parts of the EU, civil society is under threat, finds a new report by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA). Source: fra.europa.eu

february 2018