Legal Dialogue

15/04/2019

UN rights expert finds violations of rights to housing in France

UN Special Rapporteur Leilani Farha on Friday highlighted an extreme lack of adequate housing in France, as detailed in her preliminary findings. Farha’s report breaks down France’s housing issues, detailing the government’s lack of response to housing needs, the poor conditions of the existing housing supply, and the continued increase in extreme poverty and homelessness.
Source: jurist.org
08/04/2019

Russia’s Internal Affairs Ministry proposes refusing reentry to migrants who don’t pay for their own deportation

Russia’s Internal Affairs Ministry has prepared a bill that, if passed, would introduce stricter requirements for migrants who are deported from Russia to reimburse the costs of their own deportation.
Source: meduza.io
08/04/2019

Italy’s city of love becomes a battlefield

An international conservative congress aimed at promoting “family values” saw the otherwise quiet city of Verona become the scene of a culture clash between ultra-religious participants and tens of thousands of protesters.
Source: politico.eu
08/04/2019

EU launches new infringement proceedings against Poland over judiciary reforms

The European Commission launched infringement proceedings against Poland by sending a Letter of Formal Notice regarding its new disciplinary regime for judges. The notice alleges that the new regime “undermines the judicial independence of Polish judges by not offering necessary guarantees to protect them from political control, as required by the Court of Justice of the European Union.” Poland has two months to reply.
Source: jurist.org
08/04/2019

Germany draft legislation changes organ donation system to ‘opt-out’

Germany’s health minister, Jens Spahn, on Monday proposed a bill to tackle a shortage of donor organs with a reform that would make everyone a potential organ donor unless they have expressly “opted-out.”
Source: jurist.org
08/04/2019

Judicial referendum in Romania

In response to the controversial judicial reform, President Klaus Iohannis wants to consult the people of Romania about the constitutional state on 26 May, the same day the EU elections take place in the country. Last year the government increased its influence over the judiciary and in other areas by occupying top posts. Can the referendum help the fight against corruption?
Source: eurotopics.net
02/04/2019

Russia’s censorship agency demands that VPN services comply with its list of blocked websites

Roskomnadzor, the agency responsible for communications regulation and censorship in Russia, announced today that it contacted a number of VPN services to request that they subscribe to the agency’s registry of websites that are banned from distribution on Russian territory.
Source: meduza.io
02/04/2019

EU parliament passes clean energy measures

EU parliament approved new rules to create a Europe-wide market for electricity that is cleaner, more competitive and better able to cope with risks. The Clean Energy for All Europeans package empowers European consumers to become active players in the energy transition and creates the first national energy and climate plans.
Source: jurist.org
02/04/2019

Transgender people rally in Zagreb at first-ever march

Around 300 people gathered in Zagreb under heavy police security for Croatia's first-ever transgender and intersex march. Among other requests, protesters demand the country take a stronger stand against fascism.
Source: dw.com