Current legislation covering racist, homophobic or anti-Semitic messages posted online forces judges to hand out a minimum of 30 months’ jail time. Spain’s attorney general is proposing a change to the country’s criminal code so that hate crimes committed via social networks are no longer only punishable by jail sentences.
The EU Parliament has decided in favour of a new intellectual property law aimed at strengthening the rights of publishers, artists and journalists. Internet platforms must prevent content protected by copyright from being put online. The reform will be put to vote in the member states next spring.
The southern Spanish region wants to reactivate a 2007 bilateral agreement to cope with overcrowded centers packed with 2,500 foreign youngsters. Existing laws already include a protocol for their repatriation, but in practice it is not being implemented due to lack of cooperation from Morocco and other countries of origin.
Almost half of member states appear to have shown little interest in implementing an EU law billed as key in fighting terrorism. Adopted in April 2016, the EU's passenger name record directive was pressed through the EU legislative pipeline amid noisy promises to shore up Europe's security in the wake of terror attacks in France and Belgium. It came with big caveats and received millions of EU taxpayer's money.
A consultation on introducing “no-fault divorces”, which could streamline the slow and confrontational procedures couples face when separating, is being prepared by the government. The justice secretary, David Gauke, who has previously acknowledged that the argument for reform is “strong”, is expected to launch a public debate on proposals to modernize legislation that has not been changed for almost 50 years.
In a landmark judgment for participatory democracy, Europe’s top court has ruled in favour of ClientEarth lawyers in a long-running case for greater transparency in the European Union. The Grand Chamber of the Court of Justice of the European Union (gathering 15 judges) yesterday ruled that the European Commission must make public important documents used as a basis for its decision-making process.
On September 4th, Central Electoral Commission, Prosecutor’s Office and FAS sent out requests to the major Internet platforms not to violate the Russian legislation on elections and to delete opposition’s posts. On September 8th, the Day of Silence, it was reported that Google (which owns YouTube) complied with these requests of Russian authorities and blocked Navalny team’s videos. Press-office explains that the company considers all requests from authorities, and must act in compliance with local legislation.
MPs will vote this week on whether to make misogyny a hate crime for the first time, as the campaign to compel police forces across the UK to recognise street harassment of women as a hate crime gathers momentum.
Poland's government is rapidly continuing the transformation of the judiciary in its own manner. The Regional Judge Council (KRS) nominated 40 new judges, who are to judge at the Supreme Court of the country. 15 more judges will be appointed in the coming weeks.