Legal Dialogue

23/07/2018

ECHR condemns Pussy Riot and Anna Politkovskaya cases

It said Russia had violated five articles of the human rights convention in its arrest and conviction of Pussy Riot members in 2012. Separately, the ECHR also heavily criticised the investigation into journalist Anna Politkovskaya's murder.
Source: bbc.co.uk
23/07/2018

Portugal passes law easing sex change

From now on people over the age of 16 in Portugal can change their name and gender without a medical diagnosis certifying a gender identity disorder. However, up to the age of 18 they must present a medical report on their decision-making ability.
Source: eurotopics.net
23/07/2018

Russian lawmakers pass the first reading of legislation to raise the country’s retirement age

Despite calls from some minority-party deputies, the State Duma voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to adopt the first reading of controversial legislation that would raise Russia’s retirement age. The final vote tally was 328 in favor and 104 opposed.
Source: meduza.io
23/07/2018

Belgium: Burkini ban in two Ghent swimming pools overturned by judge

Two swimming pools in the Ghent area where a burkini ban applied, need to change the rules and allow the burkini after all. In a reaction, the city of Ghent said that it supports the ruling, and that it wants to allow body-covering suits in all pools.
Source: vrt.be
16/07/2018

Spanish Government examines how to outlaw the Francisco Franco Foundation

The Minister of Justice, Dolores Delgado, declared that the Government will examine the ways to outlaw the associations or organizations that advocate Francoism, as is the case of the Francisco Franco Foundation and almost a dozen others, within a series of measures that also include an "integral" reform of the Law of Historical Memory of 2007.
Source: eldiario.es
16/07/2018

German neo-Nazi Beate Zschäpe sentenced to life for NSU murders

One of the longest and most expensive trials in German postwar history has ended with a life sentence for the sole survivor of a neo-Nazi terrorist cell, but failed to answer questions raised by victims’ relatives.
Source: theguardian.com
16/07/2018

No asylum in the Netherlands for LGBT people from Cuba

The administrative law department of the Dutch State Council decided that Justice and Security Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus acted lawfully when he refused to grant asylum status to three transgender people from Cuba.
Source: liberties.eu
16/07/2018

Russia’s Investigative Committee considered a ‘like’ in social networks as extremism

Proceedings were started in Khabarovsk territory against a doctor from the city of Sovetskaya Gavan for a ‘like’ in social network Odnoklassniki according to part 1 of Article 282 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (extremism).
Source: thebell.io
16/07/2018

Facebook faces small but symbolic UK fine over data protection breaches

The 500,000 pound ($663,850) fine is less than 10 minutes worth of revenue for the social media firm worth $590 billion, whose shares were unchanged, but is the maximum amount allowed and represents the first move by a regulator to punish Facebook for the Cambridge Analytica controversy.
Source: reuters.com