The justice committee of the EU parliament voted to launch a rule of law procedure against Hungary. This threatens to strip the country of its EU voting rights on the grounds of grave violations of European values.
Poland had to answer to the foreign ministers of the other EU states for the first time about its judicial reform. The hearing was part of the procedure initiated by the EU Commission against the government in Warsaw.
The case of the former head of the Center for Combating Extremism (CPE) of the Republic of Ingushetia, Colonel Timur Khamkhoev and his subordinates is being heard in the military garrison court of Nalchik, the process. Police officers are accused of torture, including fatalities.
The new law, due to come into effect on 1 July, says a person must give clear consent, verbal or physical. Prosecutors will no longer need to prove violence or that the victim was in a vulnerable situation in order to establish rape.
The unanimous ruling by Britain’s top judges followed an appeal brought by a British couple who said that the law discriminated against heterosexuals like them who wanted a civil partnership rather than to be married.
The Spanish Congress has agreed to consider a bill in favour of an individual's right to euthanasia. Under current legislation both assisted suicide and active euthanasia are punishable with up to six years in prison.
Poland’s president, Andrzej Duda, has signed a legal amendment to decriminalise the false attribution to Poland and Poles of crimes committed by Nazi Germany during the Holocaust, signalling a partial retreat on contentious legislation enacted this year.
With immediate effect people in Hungary can be sent to prison if they "assist illegal migration" by, for example, helping migrants who do not have refugee status to apply for asylum. In addition, a constitutional amendment stipulating that in future no "foreign populations" should be allowed to settle in Hungary was passed with only five votes against.
The State Duma adopted in the second reading a bill that equates one day in pretrial custody for one and a half days in a standard regime penal colony and two days in a penal settlement. Amendments were made to article 72 of the Criminal Code.