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25/06/2019

250,000 People Attend Prague Protest Calling for Resignation of PM Andrej Babis

Hundreds of thousands of protesters have taken to the streets of Prague demanding that PM Andrej Babis resign on Sunday. Organisers say about 250,000 people attended the rally. It is said to be the largest protest since the fall of communism in 1989.
  Source: radio.cz
25/06/2019

Freed Russian Rights Advocate Says He Won’t Return to Job in Chechnya

A prominent Russian human rights advocate jailed on charges his supporters say were trumped up walked free on Friday, but said he would not return to his work in Chechnya because he felt the risk to his staff there would be too great.
  Source: reuters.com
25/06/2019

PACE Restores Russia’s Voting Rights

Russia has received backing from the Council of Europe's assembly to return to the body. Moscow had its voting rights suspended five years ago over the illegal annexation of the Crimean Peninsula.
  Source: dw.com
25/06/2019

Berlin Backs Five-year Rent Freeze Amid Housing Pressure

Rents have risen sharply in the city and there have been rallies urging the authorities to keep housing affordable. Berlin rents rose by 7% in the first quarter of this year, and in the past decade rents have doubled. The plan is expected to become law in January.
  Source: bbc.com  
18/06/2019

Gay Man Tortured in Chechnya Says Man Missing in Open Murder Case was Actually Imprisoned with Him

Maxim Lapunov, the only individual to have openly identified himself as a victim of the homophobic purges in Chechnya, told the Radio Liberty project Kavkaz.Realii that a man from Volgograd Region thought to have been missing since March 2017 was in fact imprisoned in Chechnya with him.
  Source: meduza.io
18/06/2019

Putin Reportedly Asks for Nationwide Electronic Visa System to Begin in 2021

Russian President Vladimir Putin has requested that a new electronic visa become available beginning January 1, 2021, to foreigners hoping to enter Russia. the visa would be single-use and short-term, allowing its holders to visit Russia once for up to 16 days. The visa would cover tourist, business, and humanitarian purposes as well as visits to friends or family.
Source: meduza.io
18/06/2019

Swiss Women Go on Strike Over Inequality

Thousands of women went to the streets in Switzerland to protest against gender inequality. They are not satisfied with the pay gap and low representation of women in the government.
  Source:bbc.com
18/06/2019

Germany: Gay Conversion ‘Therapy’ Ban Presented

German Health Minister Jens Spahn announced his plan to ban so-called gay conversion therapy nationwide this year. “Conversion therapy” is a set of therapies that aim to change one’s sexual orientation from homosexual to heterosexual.
Source: dw.com
12/06/2019

Germany Approves Tougher Rules for Deporting Migrants

The German Parliament has adopted a bill that provides for foreigners subject to deportation to be put in penitentiary institutions. It also enables several authorities to have access to Central Register of Foreigners.
  Source: dw.com  
12/06/2019

Vatican Issues Guidance Questioning Modern Gender Identity

The Vatican has released a new document challenging modern conceptions of gender identity. The 31-page teaching guidance, released on Monday, is titled Male and Female He Created Them. It speaks of an "educational crisis" and says the current debate can "annihilate the concept of nature" and destabilise the family institution. The document has drawn immediate criticism from LGBT groups.
  Source: bbc.com
12/06/2019

Chechen Human Rights Leader Titiev Granted Early Release

Titiyev, who runs the office of the Memorial Human Rights Center in the southern Russian region, was sentenced to four years in a penal settlement in March after he was found guilty of possessing illegal drugs. His supporters say he was framed, with the drugs planted in his car.
Source: themoscowtimes.com
12/06/2019

ICC Submission Calls for Prosecution of EU Over Migrant Deaths

The EU and member states should be prosecuted for the deaths of thousands of migrants who drowned in the Mediterranean fleeing Libya, according to a detailed legal submission to the international criminal court (ICC).
Source: theguardian.com