Legal Dialogue

29/06/2018

Hungary combats refugee helpers with new law

With immediate effect people in Hungary can be sent to prison if they "assist illegal migration" by, for example, helping migrants who do not have refugee status to apply for asylum. In addition, a constitutional amendment stipulating that in future no "foreign populations" should be allowed to settle in Hungary was passed with only five votes against.
Source: eurotopics.net
29/06/2018

In Russia one day in pretrial custody will equal one and a half days in penal colony

The State Duma adopted in the second reading a bill that equates one day in pretrial custody for one and a half days in a standard regime penal colony and two days in a penal settlement. Amendments were made to article 72 of the Criminal Code.
Source: meduza.io
19/06/2018

The upskirting victim campaigning to change the law

Gina Martin campaigned for the law to be changed after two men took a picture up her skirt at a festival. But one Conservative MP has blocked the attempt to make upskirting a criminal offence in England and Wales.
Source: bbc.com
19/06/2018

Refugee stands trial in Germany over alleged murder of teen

Fifteen-year-old Mia was stabbed to death in the southwestern town of Kandel last December. Her ex-boyfriend, a refugee, has been charged with her murder, triggering a series of anti-migrant protests.
Source: dw.com
19/06/2018

Spanish PM to return free healthcare to irregular immigrants

The Government of Pedro Sánchez wants to come back to the situation of 2012, when all residents in Spain had the right to free public healthcare. From that year immigrants without documents were excluded from the ordinary healthcare system.
Source: elpais.com
19/06/2018

The referendum in Ireland is going to exclude the notion of blasphemy from the Constitution

The Government of Ireland announced that in October 2018, at the same time as the presidential elections, a nationwide referendum will be held to remove the concept of blasphemy from the country's Constitution. It is fixed in the document for over eighty years, and is supported by an article punishing up to 25 thousand euros. As of now, no one has been condemned for it.
Source: meduza.io
19/06/2018

Moscow raises retirement age and VAT

On the very day that the Fifa World Cup kicked off the Russian government announced plans to raise the retirement age step by step from 60 to 65 for men and from 55 to 63 for women. Value added tax is also to go up from 18 to 20 percent.
Source: eurotopics.net
12/06/2018

France’s anti-fake news initiative under fire

Under a proposed new law courts in France would be able to order media to delete false information, at least in the three months prior to national and European elections.
Source: eurotopics.net
12/06/2018

All EU countries must recognize rights of gay spouses, ECJ rules

EU countries that have not legalized gay marriage must respect the residency rights of same-sex spouses who want to live together in their territory, the European court of justice has ruled, in a move hailed as a victory for human dignity.
Source: theguardian.com