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Poland and Hungary go hard on Belarus migrants

Poland wants the EU to approve the restriction of people's right to asylum if they enter from Belarus, among other "emergency" measures. Poland tried to add to an EU Commission proposal an article which may allow making asylum applications for people who illegally crossed the border with Belarus only at designated border crossing points.

Source: EUobserver 


Human rights group releases video evidencing abuse in Omsk prisons

A video evidencing the abuse of inmates in prisons in Russia’s Omsk region has been released by It was obtained from the Omsk regional branch of the Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) and shows the quarantine cells for new arrivals and the way the inmates were abused and forced to work on weekends under threat of torture.

Source: meduza


EU leaders must pay attention to threatened civic freedoms in Slovenia

Janez Janša and his far-right party (SDS) have repeatedly targeted the civic freedoms he previously defended. In June 2021, the country was placed on the CIVICUS Monitor Watchlist because of the rapid deterioration in civic freedoms, in particular those about environmental rights and culture. Independent journalism is also seriously undermined.

Source: euronews


Spain grants monthly aid to lure youths out of parents’ homes

250 euros a month will be paid by the Spanish government to low-income youths to help them pay a rent and leave their parents‘ house given the large number of young adults in the country who cannot afford to move out.

Source: Reuters 


Less than 20% conviction rate in domestic violence cases before Dublin courts

In 2019 and 2020, less than one in five people accused of a domestic violence offence were convicted and strike out/withdrawal applications were made in 65 per cent of cases, significantly more than other types of offences.

Source: Irishtimes


EU slams Russia for adding opposition leader Alexei Navalny to list of ‘terrorists and extremists’

The European Union condemned Russian authorities´ move to add Alexei Navalny, an imprisoned opposition leader, and some of his top allies to the registry of terrorists and extremists as "not acceptable" and part of "continued repression against the critical voices in Russian society". The decision by Russia's Federal Financial Monitoring Service means his bank accounts will be frozen under Russian law.

Source:  Euronews


New French law to criminalise ‘conversion therapy’

Forty years since the decriminalisation of homosexuality, the French National Assembly has passed unanimously a new law criminalising the use of so-called "conversion therapy" to attempt to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of LGBTQ people with fines of up to €30,000 and two years in jail.

Source: BBC


Finnish MP in Bible hate speech trial

Paivi Rasanen, a former Finnish interior minister has gone on trial for hate speech against gay people, for making derogatory comments based on the Bible. According to prosecutors, her statements violate the equality and dignity of homosexuals and therefore go beyond the limits of freedom of speech and religion. The court will have to decide whether citing the Bible can be considered a crime in some cases in Finland.

Source: BBC  


Human rights watchdog says HSE ‘undermining’ disability rights

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has told the Court of Appeal that the Health Service Executive (HSE) is applying the Disability Act 2005 in a way that undermines disability rights in Ireland. According to the watchdog, the way in which the assessment of need is carried out under the 2005 Act is incomplete, as it determines that a person has a disability but does not provide a diagnosis of the disability.

Source: Irish Legal News