Legal Dialogue

23/07/2019

20,000 People Demand Free Moscow Elections in Largest Russian Protest in Years

More than 22,000 protesters gathered in Moscow on Saturday against the exclusion of opposition candidates from the ballot for city elections in September. This is the largest demonstration in Russia in recent years.
Source: themoscowtimes.com

23/07/2019

British Journalists Slam Use of ‘Intimidating’ Lawsuits

Press freedom advocates have called for more safeguards from legal attempts to silence journalists. Without them, such lawsuits will continue to pose "a threat to media freedom and public interest advocacy."
Source: dw.com

23/07/2019

LGBTQ Activist Killed in St Petersburg

Yelena Grigoryeva, an activist for the St. Petersburg-based Alliance of Heterosexuals and LGBT People for Equal Rights, was killed on the evening of July 21. According to human rights activist Dinar Idrisov and the Russian LGBT Network, Grigoryeva had received multiple death threats both on- and offline.
Source: meduza.io

23/07/2019

Dutch Top Court Rules Netherlands Partially Responsible for Deaths of Muslim Men in Srebrenica

The Dutch Supreme Court ruled on Friday that the Netherlands is partially responsible for the July 1995 deaths of more than 300 Muslims in Srebrenica but lowered the number of damages the state will have to pay to the victim's families.
Source: euronews.com

17/07/2019

Italy’s Salvini Shuts Europe’s One-time Largest Migrant Centre

A migrant centre on the Italian island of Sicily which had been one of the largest of its kind in Europe has been officially shut down.
Source: bbc.com

17/07/2019

Romania Has Made ‘Very Little Progress’ to Prevent Corruption

According to the Group of States against Corruption (GRECO), Romania had only fully complied with just over a quarter of the recommendations issued in two previous reports of GRECO, the Council of Europe’s anti-corruption body.
Source: euronews.com

17/07/2019

Moscow Authorities Use a Multilevel Surveillance System to Trace the Movement of the Capital’s Residents

Moscow’s vice-mayor Maksim Liksutov said that the municipality in Moscow develops a surveillance system based on the residents’ complaints, the data obtained from the legal taxi companies, photo- and video cameras, “Troika” public transport card and the data received from the mobile operators.
Source: bbc.com

17/07/2019

MPs Vote to Extend Abortion and Same-sex Marriage Rights to Northern Ireland

Westminster government has said it will honour both results despite ministerial doubts.
Source: theguardian.com

17/07/2019

Nearly one hundred complaints from Russian women handed to the ECtHR

Earlier the Russian Ministry of Justice announced that the ECtHR received only six such complaints for the period from 2010 to 2018. The Ministry's announcement was related to the European Court’s decision on the case of Valeria Volodina, who on 9 July 2019 was awarded 25,000 euro compensation for the police inaction and harassment from a former partner.
Source: svoboda.org