President Emmanuel Macron lamented that the French have become “a nation of 66 million prosecutors”. He may have a point: Whether battling climate change or racial profiling by police, activists and ordinary citizens are pursuing groundbreaking legal action to force his government into action.
Greece’s government introduced a raft of proposals designed to combat sexual abuse after a wave of #MeToo allegations rocked the country by putting forward changes to the statute of limitations in cases involving children and ask courts to prioritise sexual abuse cases.
On March 1, harsher penalties for violations of the activities of "foreign agents" came into force in the Russian Federation. High fines and criminal liability of up to five years of imprisonment are foreseen.
The European Commission decided to send letters of formal notice to Belgium, Bulgaria, Finland, Poland, and Sweden as their national laws do not fully or accurately transpose EU rules on combating racism and xenophobia by means of criminal law.
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has demanded that Russia release opposition politician Alexey Navalny from custody immediately. According to his lawyer Olga Mikhailova, the Russian authorities are obliged to comply with this ruling, in according with the rules of the European Court.
Portugal’s president asked the country’s Constitutional Court to evaluate a recent law passed by parliament that allows euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill and gravely injured people.
The European Commission began an infringement procedure against Hungary over a controversial law requiring foreign-funded non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to disclose their donors to authorities or face fines.