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15/03/2019

Expanding the Access of Legal Counsel to Prisoners in Russia

Roman Kachanov, executive director of the Interregional Human Rights Center (IHRC) in Yekaterinburg, speaks about his group’s legal victories, which have gradually removed some of the unlawful barriers preventing lawyers from gaining entry to correctional facilities and meeting with their clients.
07/02/2019

No Right to Protection: Legal Status of Women from North Caucasus Seeking Asylum in Poland

Women in the North Caucasus face serious risks and often become victims of violence but cannot find legal protection either in or outside Russia.
23/01/2019

Ballot Selfies and Freedom of Expression: European Court of Human Rights Approach

The Legal Dialogue Grant Programme has made it possible for Russian lawyers Yana Zagorskaya and Artyom Lapov to attend a hearing at the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights. The Grand Chamber deliberated whether taking and sharing photographs of one’s ballot paper was acceptable and whether it could affect the electoral process.
12/12/2018

The Baikonur Cosmodrome: Are There Legal Ways to Address the Danger?

Dangerous incidents and the use of toxic fuel at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan have been a matter of concern for the local community and environmental activists for decades. Are there any legal instruments that could address these concerns?
28/11/2018

Galina Arapova: “You get the uncomfortable feeling of trying to break a wall with your head…”

We interviewed Galina Arapova, head of the Russian NGO Mass Media Defense Centre, about the fight for freedom of expression in Russia today.
31/10/2018

Freedom of speech in Lithuania: Is it really under attack?

The Government has taken several steps that pose a threat to the freedom of media in Lithuania. Even though the political leadership has not implemented all of their suggestions, the lack of respect to journalists and the public’s right to know raises many doubts about whether the pressure on the media will ever let up.

News feed

Weekly legal news from the EU and Russia
  • RFE launches in Hungary as problems mount at home
    Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) trumpeted its return to Hungary after a 27-year hiatus, marking its third re-entry into an EU member state following the 2019 resumption of services in Bulgaria and Romania. RFE/RL’s refocus on countries where media pluralism is under threat.

    Source: Balkan Insight

  • Croatia strips MPs of immunity following anti-corruption operation
    The Croatian parliament has stripped three MPs of their immunity at the request of the State Prosecutor's Office for the purpose of pressing criminal charges against two of them and continuing a trial against the third.

    Source: Balkan Insight

  • Belarusian riot police are using sexual violence against protesters
    Human Rights Watch published a report on the “systematic beatings and torture” of demonstrators arrested during the protests in Belarus. The report included a collection of first-hand accounts from victims of police brutality. Among them, is the story of a 30-year-old IT worker named Ales, who recounts how a senior riot police officer raped him with a truncheon in a police van.

    Source: Meduza

  • EU top court rules Russia sanctions legal
    The EU acted legally when it imposed sanctions on Russian energy companies and banks, the European Court of Justice has ruled. The EU hit firms such as Rosneft with sanctions over Russia's destabilisation of Ukraine.

    Source: DW

  • EU chief executive decries ‘LGBT-free zones’ in swipe at Poland
    The European Union’s chief executive said there was no place in the EU for so-called “LGBT-free zones”, a pointed criticism of Poland’s nationalist government pushing to curb the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

    Source: Reuters 



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