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01/08/2018

Countries of the former Soviet Union as “Safe Countries of Origin” of asylum applicants

In EU humanitarian law, the concept of a "safe country of origin" is of utmost importance for understanding migration processes in Europe. Olga Gulina discusses why certain countries of the former Soviet Union (FSU) are recognized (or not recognized) as safe countries of origin. She outlines some of the changes in this sphere over recent years, and shares statistics of asylum applications lodged in EU member states by nationals of FSU countries.
12/07/2018

No Extradition to Poland?

The Supreme Court of the European Union needs to decide whether to extradite suspects within the EU if the countries seeking extradition are drifting away from democracy
03/07/2018

Informational Self-Determination of Europe and Its Importance

The EU's General Data Protection Regulation is an attempt to shift the paradigm and revise the 'social contract' of private companies and individuals defined as 'privacy in exchange for comfort and free services.'
28/06/2018

“The Sofia Declaration”: Transborder Corruption Investigations and Collaboration with European Prosecutors

Most corruption investigations that require exchange of international legal assistance between countries fail or take decades. NGOs and prosecutors discussed reasons and solutions for such situations.
02/06/2018

Veiled Extremism

One year after the ban on Jehowa’s Witnesses in Russia individual members are facing criminal prosecutions, with some of them detained
14/05/2018

Lawyers in the “Prisoners of Sheremetyevo” case appeared before the European Court’s Grand Chamber

The ECHR’s judgment in favor of the four applicants who had to stay in the airport’s transit zone for five to twenty-three months to be reviewed.

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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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