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Russian media are banned from publishing materials about the FSB

Russian President Vladimir Putin signs the law "On the Federal Security Service”. It prohibits publication and distribution of materials about FSB bodies without the permission of the agency's management.



Hungary’s independent press takes another blow and reporters quit

The editor in chief of Hungary's most widely read news site was fired and scores of journalists quit in protest as the government moved closer to near-complete control over the country's media landscape.

Source: The New York Times

Council of Europe ‘alarmed’ at Poland’s plans to leave domestic violence treaty

Poland’s justice minister, Zbigniew Ziobro, said that he would begin preparing the formal process to withdraw from the Istanbul convention. The treaty is the world’s first binding instrument to prevent and tackle violence against women, from marital rape to female genital mutilation.

Source: The Guardian

Estonian government agrees on amendments pertaining to international students

The purpose of the amendments is to hinder the emergence of communities which the Ministry of the Interior deems are posing high immigration and internal security risks. "This bill seeks to deliver a clear message that foreigners must return to their home state after the end of their studies and student mobility cannot be used as means for taking up permanent residence in Estonia," Minister of the Interior said.

Source: The Baltic Times

France adopts domestic violence bill giving more power to doctors

France's parliament has voted to implement a bill intended to protect victims of domestic violence. The legislation allows doctors to break patient confidentiality if they believe a life is "in immediate danger".

Source: BBC

German state of Baden-Württemberg to ban niqabs and burkas in schools

Authorities in Baden-Württemberg have begun procedures to introduce a legal regulation to ban girls from wearing burkas and niqabs in school. Next steps will include a legal hearing and parliamentary debates before the amendment itself can be tabled in parliament for a reading.

Source: Euronews

Captain to face trial in first Italy ‘migrant push-back’ case

Italy will put the captain of an Italian-flagged vessel on trial for allegedly pushing back migrants to Libya. The vessel picked up 101 migrants in international waters in July 2018 and returned them to Libya's capital city Tripoli, which is not considered a safe port under international law.

Source: EUobserver

France drafts law for returning colonial-era artifacts

The French government presented a draft law that would enable France to return certain cultural artifacts taken from African countries during the colonial era. The new legislation stipulates that these objects must be given back within one year from when the law goes into effect.

Source: The Washington Times

Former wife of ISIS fighter can return to UK to fight for her citizenship

Citizenship of Shamima Begum was revoked by the Home Office on security grounds after she was found in a refugee camp in 2019. The Court of Appeal said she had been denied a fair hearing because she could not make her case from the Syrian camp.

Source: BBC

Russia has a new draft law with major consequences for transgender people

A group of representatives from the Federation Council want to ban transgender people in Russia from marrying. They also want to make it more difficult for couples that include one trans partner to adopt children.

Source: Meduza

Police in Germany have too much access to personal online data, top court says

Germany's Constitutional Court has ruled that current police access to personal data from phone and internet users is unconstitutional. The suit, brought by over 6,000 plaintiffs, was filed in 2013 by the current European Pirate Party politician.

Source: DW

Romania criminalises cyber harassment as a form of domestic violence

Romania now recognises cyber harassment as a form of domestic violence, under a new legal amendment. Domestic violence will now include a provision specifically for "cybernetic violence" which intends to "shame, humble, scare, threat, or silence the victim". This will include online threats or messages, or where a partner sends intimate graphic content without consent.

Source: Euronews