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12/01/2021

70,000 households in UK made homeless during pandemic

More than 70,000 households have been made homeless since the start of the pandemic, with tens of thousands more threatened with homelessness, despite government pledges to protect tenants and prevent evictions.

Source: The Guardian

12/01/2021

In Germany, anti-Semitism commissioner calls for removal of Nazi law leftovers

Felix Klein, Germany's anti-Semitism commissioner called for the removal of 29 Nazi-era paragraphs that remain in the country's laws.

Source: DW

12/01/2021

Pressure grows on Italy to abolish migrant quarantine ships

Rome is facing pressure to abolish its offshore quarantine system for migrants and refugees following a series of alarming incidents, including several deaths, over the past year. Italy has isolated thousands of asylum seekers on ferries over the course of the pandemic.

Source: Politico

12/01/2021

EU’s landmark climate law to be finalised within months

Portugal will use its six-month presidency of the European Union to finalise a landmark law containing the bloc’s emissions-cutting targets.

Source: Reuters

05/01/2021

Turkey tightens control over NGOs to ‘combat terrorism’

As a consequence of the new bill being passed by parliament, the Turkish government will expand its control over civil-society groups on counter-terrorism grounds.

Source: DW

05/01/2021

Russia to revive sobering-up stations in 2021

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law that will revive sobering-up stations previously used to allow severely intoxicated people to recover from their inebriation.

Source: Euractiv

05/01/2021

Romanian сourt scraps law banning gender studies

The Constitutional Court of Romania has annulled a law passed last June that banned discussion of any gender identity different to people’s biological sex in the country’s education system.

Source: Balkan Insight

05/01/2021

Relatives of Italian Сovid victims to file lawsuit against leading politicians

Relatives of coronavirus victims in Italy are taking legal action against the prime minister, health minister and the president of the Lombardy region for alleged criminal negligence over their handling of the pandemic.

Source: The Guardian

05/01/2021

Germany’s transgender law seen as ‘archaic, degrading’

Transgender people in Germany are subjected to a long, expensive assessment process to change their legal gender. A new self-determination law would reform this and activists say it's long overdue.

Source: DW

21/12/2020

Russian lawmakers seek significantly harsher fines for Internet companies that fail to comply with censorship orders

In particular, tech companies that do not restrict access to and/or remove content banned in Russia could face fines tied to their annual revenue. For major companies, this could mean penalties in excess of millions or even billions of dollars.

Source: Meduza

21/12/2020

EU court deals another blow to Hungarian asylum policy

In the latest legal setback for Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, the top EU court in Luxembourg ruled that Budapest had broken Union law by restricting access to the international protection procedure for asylum applicants in transit zones and unlawfully detaining them.

Source: Euractiv

21/12/2020

European court allows banning of ritual slaughter for Jews and Muslims

The ban contradicts a previous opinion of its Advocate General who had recognised that the banning is an attack on the rights of Belgian citizens to practice their religions freely and is incompatible with EU law.

Source: The Brussels Times