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10/09/2018

ClientEarth lawyers win ground-breaking legal victory for EU transparency and accountability

In a landmark judgment for participatory democracy, Europe’s top court has ruled in favour of ClientEarth lawyers in a long-running case for greater transparency in the European Union. The Grand Chamber of the Court of Justice of the European Union (gathering 15 judges) yesterday ruled that the European Commission must make public important documents used as a basis for its decision-making process.
Source: clientearth.org
10/09/2018

Google likes it quiet

On September 4th, Central Electoral Commission, Prosecutor’s Office and FAS sent out requests to the major Internet platforms not to violate the Russian legislation on elections and to delete opposition’s posts. On September 8th, the Day of Silence, it was reported that Google (which owns YouTube) complied with these requests of Russian authorities and blocked Navalny team’s videos. Press-office explains that the company considers all requests from authorities, and must act in compliance with local legislation.
Source: novayagazeta.ru
03/09/2018

MPs to decide whether to make misogyny a hate crime

MPs will vote this week on whether to make misogyny a hate crime for the first time, as the campaign to compel police forces across the UK to recognise street harassment of women as a hate crime gathers momentum.
Source: theguardian.com
03/09/2018

Poland’s government is rebuilding judiciary in its own manner

Poland's government is rapidly continuing the transformation of the judiciary in its own manner. The Regional Judge Council (KRS) nominated 40 new judges, who are to judge at the Supreme Court of the country. 15 more judges will be appointed in the coming weeks.
Source: sueddeutsche.de
03/09/2018

EU to recommend end to changing clocks twice a year

The European commission will recommend that EU member states abandon the practice of changing the clocks in spring and autumn, with many people in favour of staying on summer time throughout the year. Jean-Claude Juncker, the commission’s president, said a recent consultation had shown that more than 80% of EU citizens were in favour of the move.
Source: theguardian.com
03/09/2018

Journalist Deniz Yücel to sue Turkey over imprisonment

German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yücel, who was jailed in Turkey for spreading "terrorist propaganda", has demanded compensation for his "unlawful detention." Despite his release, Yücel still faces a trial in Turkey.
Source: dw.com
03/09/2018

Telegram to give away to intelleigence services the data on users considered terror suspects

Pavel Durov’s messenger Telegram agreed to give away to intelligence services the data on users considered terror suspects by decision of a court. This follows from the updated page on confidentiality policy of the messenger. Telegram is going to forward IP-addresses and phone numbers of suspects to the intelligence services. Previously, the company has never revealed users’ data.
Source: meduza.io
27/08/2018

Poland could ‘be forced to ignore’ ECJ Supreme Court ruling: deputy PM

Poland’s deputy PM and science minister Jarosław Gowin said in an interview for one of Poland’s weekly magazines that if the ECJ rules in favor of Poland’s Supreme Court and allows it to suspend domestic legislation, then the Polish government “may have no choice” but to ignore the ECJ ruling as going against the Lisbon Treaty and the “spirit of European integration” in general.
Source: polandinenglish.info
27/08/2018

Spanish Cabinet approves decree to exhume Franco’s remains

Forty-three years after the death of Spanish dictator Francisco Franco, the Socialist Party (PSOE) government of Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has begun the complex process of exhuming his remains from the Valley of the Fallen memorial site. The Cabinet approved a legislative decree that will add a pair of articles to the Historical Memory Law to legally safeguard the exhumation.
Source: elpais.com
27/08/2018

Government to ban unethical puppy and kitten farms in England

The regulation will mean anyone wanting to buy or home a puppy or kitten will have to deal directly with the breeder or rehoming centre, pledging to end the trade of unscrupulous breeders who keep animals in filthy and cramped conditions and force some to be pregnant many times over.
Source: theguardian.com
27/08/2018

Italy migrant ship: Interior Minister Matteo Salvini to be investigated

Interior Minister Matteo Salvini is reportedly being probed for his role in preventing migrants rescued at sea from disembarking in Sicily. Meanwhile, a deal has been reached to allow the migrants to leave the ship.
Source: dw.com
27/08/2018

Human Rights Council suggests to decriminalize breach of the sanctity of religion

Human Rights Council under the President of Russian Federation suggests to decriminalize breach of the sanctity of religion when it comes to public actions aiming to insult the religious feelings of a believer (part 1, article 148 of the Penal Code). Instead, it is suggested to complement the Code of Administrative Offences with the so-called “aggravated insult”. If the amendments are approved by the members of the council, the document will be forwarded to the Russian Popular Front and to the law enforcement agencies.
Source: meduza.io