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28/05/2020

The Right to a Fair Trial in the Context of COVID-19 in Russia

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization announced the COVID-19 to be a pandemic. Most countries including Russia have taken measures to combat coronavirus, and some of these measures have also affected the judicial system. But are they consistent with the country's fair trial obligations under international law?
30/04/2020

Standing Up for the Rights of Women Living with HIV: Common Challenges

More than one million people currently live with HIV in Russia. Having long moved beyond the so-called risk groups, the virus is rapidly spreading in the general population. However, with the right treatment, HIV is a chronic manageable disease which cannot be transmitted via casual contact. Yet despite the increasing availability of current and accurate information about HIV, with large-scale awareness campaigns running from time to time across the country, HIV stigma and discrimination persist.
07/04/2020

Unemployment, Stigmatisation, and Social Control: What Convicted Women in the North Caucasus Face

We know little about the lives of convicted women in Russia as a whole, and even less about the lives of convicted women in the North Caucasus. Crime is considered a huge disgrace for families in the region, and so the difficulties faced by ex-convicts are not discussed.
13/02/2020

The Future of Human Rights and the Council of Europe: The Need for a Reset

The EU-Russia Legal Dialogue symposium was held in Berlin on October 31–November 2, 2019. Its theme was “The Role of Civil Society in the Council of Europe: Strengthening Mechanisms to Address Current Challenges in Human Rights and the Rule of Law.” Lawyers and representatives of NGOs discussed how to interact with the Council of Europe in the current political conjuncture.
20/01/2020

Is Germany Encouraging Migrants in Skilled Labour?

On 1 March 2020, a new Skilled Immigration Act will come into force in Germany. This law, like other, has contributed to migration intentions in Eastern Europe. However, a careful study of the changes introduced by the new law reveals that not all dreams of easy immigration and getting employment in Germany will come true. Who will find it easier to immigrate and find employment in Germany? What are the requirements set forth in the new law on immigration of skilled workers? These are just the questions we set out to answer.
23/12/2019

Italian Immigration Policy, 2018–2019: From Odyssey to Safe Haven?

“We have just heard that we have been assigned a place of safety. We are now on our way to the island of Lampedusa in Italy”. This is the message by an aid worker of Médecins Sans Frontières sent out to 82 rescued Libyan refugees. The permission to land rings in a new beginning in Italian migration policy, which might have an effect on a broadly and long-discussed topic also on the European level.

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Weekly legal news from the EU and Russia
  • First glimpse of new EU human rights sanctions
    International perpetrators of genocide and torture, but not corruption, are to face new-model EU sanctions, a leaked document shows. Those guilty of crimes against humanity, slavery, extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, and arbitrary arrests will also face EU asset-freezes and visa-bans.

    Source: EUObserver

  • Greenpeace plans legal challenge if KLM bailout terms not toughened
    Greenpeace will mount a legal challenge to a 3.4 billion euro bailout for Air France-KLM’s Dutch subsidiary if the government does not attach stricter environmental targets to the deal.

    Source: Reuters

  • Russian officials want to fingerprint foreigners
    Russia’s Interior Ministry is reportedly drafting reforms to foreign citizens’ legal status that would require all visitors who remain in the country for more than 30 days to surrender fingerprints. The reforms would grant some additional flexibility to foreigners on extended stays, allowing visitors to change the purpose of their entry into Russia without leaving the country as currently required.

    Source: Meduza
  • Hungary’s Klubradio critical of Viktor Orban set to lose license
    An independent Hungarian talk radio station is set to lose its license after the country's media regulator said that the station had "repeatedly infringed" the rules.

    Source: DW
  • UK government plans to remove key human rights protections
    The government is planning to “opt out” of parts of the European convention on human rights in order to speed up deportations of asylum seekers and protect British troops serving overseas from legal action.

    Source: The Guardian



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