Legal Dialogue

20/04/2021

Russian prosecutors seek to ban Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation and campaign offices as ‘extremist’

Russian prosecutors have filed a lawsuit with the Moscow City Court on declaring Alexey Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation (the FBK), Citizens’ Rights Protection Foundation, and campaign offices “extremist.”

Source: Meduza

20/04/2021

German NGO files legal case against Chechen officials over anti-gay purges

Five officials from the inner circle of Chechnya’s autocratic leader are the subject of a criminal complaint in Germany for crimes against humanity, in a legal attempt to seek justice over the semi-autonomous Russian republic’s anti-gay purges.

Source: The Guardian

20/04/2021

Multibillion euro lawsuits derail climate action

An archaic energy treaty is being weaponized by big emitters to sue EU governments who are phasing out fossil fuels. Hundreds of billions of taxpayer funds could be redirected from climate action to corporate coffers.

Source: DW

20/04/2021

Poland’s top court hobbles human rights advocate

Poland’s human rights ombudsman — one of the few remaining independent institutions in the country — will have to vacate his post in three months under a ruling issued by the Polish Constitutional Tribunal.

Source: Politico

20/04/2021

In its latest lurch to the far right, Denmark plans to send some refugees back to Syria

Denmark became the first democratic European nation to tell Syrian refugees originating from Damascus and its surrounding countryside to return to the war-torn nation, which Copenhagen says is safe.

Source: CNN

12/04/2021

Why Denmark is clamping down on ‘non-Western’ residents

The Danish government plans to swap a controversial law targeting immigrant neighborhoods for another that cracks down harder. Rights groups warn that such moves could violate current laws against discrimination.

Source: DW

12/04/2021

ECHR rules obligatory vaccination may be necessary

The ruling is the first time that the European Court of Human Rights has weighed in on the issue of compulsory vaccinations. The decision could play a role in efforts to end the coronavirus pandemic.

Source: DW

12/04/2021

How eliminating private prosecution will help domestic violence victims in Russia

Russia’s Supreme Court has submitted a draft law to the State Duma on eliminating so-called “private prosecution,” wherein criminal proceedings are launched by victims, who are then expected to gather evidence and lay charges in the case themselves.

Source: Meduza

12/04/2021

Belgian law to be updated with gender-neutral language

Belgium’s civil code, which dates back to the Napoleonic era, is getting a modern update to switch to more gender-neutral language.

Source: Brussels Times