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03/07/2018

In Russia companies started to keep correspondence of citizens

The last part of the antiterror package of laws of deputy Irina Yarovaya and Senator Viktor Ozerov came into force. Now, communication operators and Internet companies will have to store all messages of Russian users for a certain time and transmit them on request to special services.
Source: meduza.io
03/07/2018

EU rule of law procedure hangs over Hungary

The justice committee of the EU parliament voted to launch a rule of law procedure against Hungary. This threatens to strip the country of its EU voting rights on the grounds of grave violations of European values.
Source: eurotopics.net
03/07/2018

Poland’s rule of law puts EU in a double bind

Poland had to answer to the foreign ministers of the other EU states for the first time about its judicial reform. The hearing was part of the procedure initiated by the EU Commission against the government in Warsaw.
Source: eurotopics.net
03/07/2018

Russia: an unprecedented case of member of the Center for Combating Extremism

The case of the former head of the Center for Combating Extremism (CPE) of the Republic of Ingushetia, Colonel Timur Khamkhoev and his subordinates is being heard in the military garrison court of Nalchik, the process. Police officers are accused of torture, including fatalities.
Source: novayagazeta.ru
03/07/2018

Sweden approves new law recognising sex without consent as rape

The new law, due to come into effect on 1 July, says a person must give clear consent, verbal or physical. Prosecutors will no longer need to prove violence or that the victim was in a vulnerable situation in order to establish rape.
Source: bbc.com
29/06/2018

UK’s top court grants heterosexual couple right to civil partnership

The unanimous ruling by Britain’s top judges followed an appeal brought by a British couple who said that the law discriminated against heterosexuals like them who wanted a civil partnership rather than to be married.
Source: reuters.com
29/06/2018

Spain debates euthanasia

The Spanish Congress has agreed to consider a bill in favour of an individual's right to euthanasia. Under current legislation both assisted suicide and active euthanasia are punishable with up to six years in prison.
Source: eurotopics.net
29/06/2018

Poland makes partial U-turn on Holocaust law after Israel row

Poland’s president, Andrzej Duda, has signed a legal amendment to decriminalise the false attribution to Poland and Poles of crimes committed by Nazi Germany during the Holocaust, signalling a partial retreat on contentious legislation enacted this year.
Source: theguardian.com
29/06/2018

Hungary combats refugee helpers with new law

With immediate effect people in Hungary can be sent to prison if they "assist illegal migration" by, for example, helping migrants who do not have refugee status to apply for asylum. In addition, a constitutional amendment stipulating that in future no "foreign populations" should be allowed to settle in Hungary was passed with only five votes against.
Source: eurotopics.net
29/06/2018

In Russia one day in pretrial custody will equal one and a half days in penal colony

The State Duma adopted in the second reading a bill that equates one day in pretrial custody for one and a half days in a standard regime penal colony and two days in a penal settlement. Amendments were made to article 72 of the Criminal Code.
Source: meduza.io
19/06/2018

The upskirting victim campaigning to change the law

Gina Martin campaigned for the law to be changed after two men took a picture up her skirt at a festival. But one Conservative MP has blocked the attempt to make upskirting a criminal offence in England and Wales.
Source: bbc.com
19/06/2018

Refugee stands trial in Germany over alleged murder of teen

Fifteen-year-old Mia was stabbed to death in the southwestern town of Kandel last December. Her ex-boyfriend, a refugee, has been charged with her murder, triggering a series of anti-migrant protests.
Source: dw.com