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Germany/Turkey: German Die Welt reporter Deniz Yucel is free from Turkish jail

Deniz Yücel was in detention for a year — without indictment and with great uncertainty. Now he is free and landed in Germany.

Source: welt.de

february 2018
UK: British judge upholds arrest warrant for Julian Assange

Judge Emma Arbuthnot rejected a call from Assange’s lawyers for the warrant to be revoked because he is no longer wanted for questioning in Sweden over alleged sex crimes.

Source: apnews.com

february 2018
The Netherlands: Senate approves automatic organ donor registration

The Dutch Senate voted in favor of a new law that automatically makes every adult living in the Netherlands an organ donor.

Source: nltimes.nl

february 2018
Germany: Human Rights Watch criticized social media law

The new German law that compels social media companies to remove hate speech and other illegal content can lead to unaccountable, overbroad censorship and should be promptly reversed, said Human Rights Watch.

Source: hrw.org

february 2018
Hungary: The UN called anti-migration bill an ‘assault on human rights’

The proposed bill could lead to banning NGOs dealing with migration.

Source: euobserver.com

february 2018
Russia: US Justice Department accuses 13 Russians of interfering in US elections

The charges are brought in particular against the businessman and president’s acquaintance Evgeny Prigozhin and his companies Concord Management and Concord Catering.

Source: vedomosti.ru

february 2018
Ireland: Supreme Court strikes down ban preventing asylum seekers working

Five judge court had unanimously ruled in May that the ban was unconstitutional.

Source: irishtimes.com

 

february 2018
The Netherlands: Dutch judges refer British expats’ European citizenship case to top EU court

Ahead of Brexit, UK citizens living in the Netherlands applied to court to have their rights as EU citizens recognized and protected. The court has passed their queries on to the European Court of Justice.

Source: dw.com

february 2018
UK: British hacker Lauri Love wins fight against extradition to US

After a five-year legal battle against extradition, Love was told on Monday morning that he would not be sent to the US for face trial for hacking into computer systems including NASA, the Federal Reserve and the US Army.

Source: telegraph.co.uk

 

february 2018
Russia: Moscow City Court authorizes journalist of Novaya Gazeta Ali Feruz to eave Russia for third country

Ali Feruza is accused of violating the rules of entry into Russia or the regime of stay in the country. In early August, the court ruled to force Feruz out of Russia to Uzbekistan.

Source: novayagazeta.ru

february 2018
Turkey: Rights watchdog to visit Turkey over rule of law

The head of the human rights watchdog Council of Europe, Thorbjorn Jagland, is going to Turkey next week amid a proposed roadmap from Ankara to fastrack EU-required reforms, in order to lift visa restrictions on Turks.

Source: euobserver.com

february 2018
Opinion: Spain turns its back on migrant children’s rights

At this very moment, some children in Spain are being held in adult immigration detention centres, pending return to their home countries.

Source: euobserver.com

february 2018
Hungary: Government is preparing ‘Stop Soros’ law package

According to the draft, “promoters of illegal migration” would be required to share data with the authorities, and would have to pay a 25 percent tax on donations from abroad.

Source: dailynewshungary.com

february 2018
World: ‘A crisis for human rights’: new index reveals global fall in basic justice

More than 70 of 113 countries surveyed for latest Rule of Law Index report their fundamental human rights are being eroded.

Source: theguardian.com

february 2018
Russia: “Agora” reports on Internet freedom in Russia

The conclusions of the report are disappointing: journalists, bloggers and Internet activists are still being chased; the state expands the list of grounds for blocking and banning.

Source: meduza.io

february 2018
EU: Civil society under threat, Fundamental Rights Agency finds

In many parts of the EU, civil society is under threat, finds a new report by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA).

Source: fra.europa.eu

february 2018
Moldova: Country bans Russian ‘propaganda’ broadcasts

The law, passed by Moldova’s parliament, effectively bans the rebroadcasting of Russian news, military or politics programs.

Source: euronews.com

february 2018
France: Top court reverses ban on breeding whales, dolphins

France’s highest administrative court overturned a ban on breeding killer whales and dolphins in captivity after ruling there had been irregularities in the decree putting the legislation into place.

Source: reuters.com

february 2018
Ireland: Country is to hold abortion referendum in May or June

The Irish cabinet gave the go-ahead for a referendum to relax the country’s strict abortion laws, 35 years after the Catholic-majority country enshrined abortion as a crime in its constitution.

Source: cnn.com

february 2018
UK: Mass digital surveillance regime ruled unlawful

Judges of the UK Court of Appeal say snooper’s charter lacks adequate safeguards around accessing personal data.

Source:theguardian.com

february 2018