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14/09/2020

First glimpse of new EU human rights sanctions

International perpetrators of genocide and torture, but not corruption, are to face new-model EU sanctions, a leaked document shows. Those guilty of crimes against humanity, slavery, extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, and arbitrary arrests will also face EU asset-freezes and visa-bans.

Source: EUObserver

14/09/2020

Greenpeace plans legal challenge if KLM bailout terms not toughened

Greenpeace will mount a legal challenge to a 3.4 billion euro bailout for Air France-KLM’s Dutch subsidiary if the government does not attach stricter environmental targets to the deal.

Source: Reuters

14/09/2020

Russian officials want to fingerprint foreigners

Russia’s Interior Ministry is reportedly drafting reforms to foreign citizens’ legal status that would require all visitors who remain in the country for more than 30 days to surrender fingerprints. The reforms would grant some additional flexibility to foreigners on extended stays, allowing visitors to change the purpose of their entry into Russia without leaving the country as currently required.

Source: Meduza
14/09/2020

Hungary’s Klubradio critical of Viktor Orban set to lose license

An independent Hungarian talk radio station is set to lose its license after the country's media regulator said that the station had "repeatedly infringed" the rules.

Source: DW
14/09/2020

UK government plans to remove key human rights protections

The government is planning to “opt out” of parts of the European convention on human rights in order to speed up deportations of asylum seekers and protect British troops serving overseas from legal action.

Source: The Guardian

07/09/2020

Slovak tycoon Kocner cleared of murder of journalist and fiancée

A court has found businessman Marian Kocner not guilty of ordering the killing of investigative journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancée in 2018, in an attack that rocked Slovakia. Judges found that prosecutors had failed to prove Kocner and a third defendant had ordered the killings.

Source: BBC
07/09/2020

Norwegian news agency fights Russia blackout

A story about a gay man who beat depression has seen a Norwegian news website taken offline for well over a year in Russia. The Norwegians and a Russian NGO are fighting the blockade in court, but they face an uphill struggle, as the differences between Europe and the Russian regime deepen.

Source: EUobserver
07/09/2020

Netherlands wants to punish silence on sex abuse in closed communities

The Dutch government wants to prosecute members of private groups and communities who fail to report sexual abuse in their organisations, a move that comes after Jehovah’s Witnesses rejected demands to tackle the under-reporting of abuse.

Source: Reuters
07/09/2020

Germany begins allocating €40 billion to coal regions to start phase-out

By 2038, Germany’s last coal-fired power plants are expected to be shut down. To reorient the regions economically, however, they are to be replaced by research institutions and companies. A coordination committee will now begin allocating the funding.

Source: Euroactive
07/09/2020

Portuguese children sue 33 countries over climate change at European court

Young activists from Portugal have filed the first climate change case at the European court of human rights in Strasbourg, demanding 33 countries make more ambitious emissions cuts to safeguard their future physical and mental wellbeing.

Source: The Guardian
24/08/2020

Romania ‘overpaid €356 million restitution’ for communist-seized properties

Romania overpaid at least 356 million euros in just four years in restitution for property confiscated during the Communist era as a result of corrupt schemes to defraud the state, the authorities said.

Source: Balkan Insight

24/08/2020

Poland threatens to challenge EU funding block in LGBT+ row

Poland warned it could mount a legal challenge to the European Union’s decision to withhold funding to towns accused of setting up so-called LGBT-free zones, in an escalation of a growing row over the issue. EU rejected last month six town twinning applications from Polish authorities that passed motions rejecting what they call “LGBT ideology” or defending traditional family values.

Source: Reuters