Polish President Andrzej Duda signed into law on Thursday a measure allowing the government to choose the next Supreme Court chief despite protesters claiming it violates judicial independence.
European courts have repeatedly handed down sentences to sex offenders that the public considers too lenient. Commentators have focused recently on cases in Spain and Turkey. They call for the offenders to receive just punishment rather than being given lenient sentences on the grounds of extenuating circumstances.
Russia will prosecute the perpetrators of torture in prisons, including the guards who appeared in the video where they beat the prisoner. Such promises were made on Thursday by Deputy Minister of Justice Mikhail Galperin at a meeting in the UN Committee against Torture.
On July 20, Novaya Gazeta published a 10-minute video of the torture of prisoner Yevgeny Makarov in Yaroslavl colony No. 1. The video was filmed a year ago — on June 29, 2017 — on the DVR of one of the FSIN employees. The lawyer who published a videotape of torture had to flee Russia because of threats.
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.
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.
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.