06/07/2022

Germany returns Benin bronze to Nigeria

German museums have reached an agreement on the restitution of art objects exported
from Africa in the 19th century. In addition, some African states are demanding an apology
and reparations from Berlin for the period when Germany owned colonies in Africa.

Source: NYtimes

07/07/2022

Ukraine sues Russia at the ECHR

Kyiv accuses Moscow of military aggression, attacks on civilians, and other human rights violations. So far, the ECHR has already accepted 5 complaints from Ukraine against Russia.

Source: DW

07/07/2022

Court in Germany sentences former concentration camp guard to five years in prison

Former concentration camp guard, who is now 101, was sentenced to 5 years in prison. In Germany, Nazi crime suspects continue to be put on trial despite their advanced age.

Source: CNN

14/07/2022

Latvia introduces compulsory military service

It is planned for the general defence service to be introduced gradually over the course of five years. The first stage is planned to start on 1 January 2023. Volunteers will be able to apply.

Source: CS 

14/07/2022

Moscow councillor jailed for seven years after criticising Ukraine war

Alexei Gorinov receives the first long-term sentence under harsh laws introduced since the Russian invasion of Ukraine. He was found guilty of "disseminating clearly false information" about the Russian military.

Source: RFI

14/07/2022

Polish wall no deterrent to migrants en route from Africa, Cuba via Russia

Poland's 18-feet-tall steel barrier, built on its border with Belarus, was meant to be a European version of former U.S. President Donald Trump’s wall, protecting the European Union's eastern frontier from illegal migration. But migrants, like Joel and Lisa from Cuba, are still getting through, hoping for a better life in Poland.

Source: Reuters

14/07/2022

The Catalan President has called to launch an independent investigation into NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware

The official investigation should reveal how and why the President and more than 60 figures associated with the regional independence movement reportedly had their mobile phones targeted using NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware.

Source: The Guardian

14/07/2022

European Parliament demands that abortion be included in EU Charter

The Parliament demanded the inclusion of the right to legal and safe abortion in the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, following the controversial Supreme Court ruling overturning abortion rights in the US.

Source: Le Monde

20/07/2022

Putin signs off on harsher «Foreign Agent» law

This law expands the definition of so-called foreign agents to include anyone who is «under foreign influence, a change that will make it even easier for the state to target its domestic critics. The officials use foreign agent law increasingly to abolish civil society and media groups in Russia.

Source: RFERL