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.'
Shrinking space for civil society in Eastern Europe and Central Asia and, since recently, in some Central European countries, has been especially harmful for NGOs working on unpopular issues. AFEW International, a regional humanitarian network, told Legal Dialogue Journal about its findings in how NGOs working with drug users and HIV prevention have been coping with this increasing pressure.
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.
A humanitarian crisis on the border between Belarus and Poland, caused by a sudden change in Poland’s migration policy, has been unfolding for two years and is still receiving very little attention from anyone other than human rights NGOs in both countries.