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Red Cross says no permission yet to visit Olenivka prison

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said it had not yet obtained permission to visit the Olenivka prison where Ukrainian prisoners of war died in a strike on the facility. Their offer of material assistance has not been accepted.

Source: DW


Kosovo agrees to delay new travel rules after tensions rise at Serbian border

The Kosovo government has postponed the introduction of a ban on Serbian documents and license plates until September 1. Plans to impose restrictions have led to an escalation between the authorities of Pristina and the Serbs on the northern borders.

Source: RFERL


Sweden dismisses move to return «spoils of war» to Poland

Sweden’s Foreign Minister Ann Linde said she won’t return a historical document to Poland, as it was a “legitimate” spoil of war. Łaski’s statutes was published in 1506 before a copy was taken by Sweden during an invasion in the mid-17th Century and is now in the collection of Uppsala University.

Source: Politico


Germany’s coal revival may threaten its climate goals

Germany is firing up old coal plants as a part of a pan-European dash to ditch Russian natural gas. Some experts warn the coal revival may make it harder for Germany to meet its climate goals.

Source: Washington post


Estonia stops issuing visas, residence permits for Russian students

The Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that the citizens of Russia can no longer receive visas or residence permits for the purpose of studying in Estonia. At the same time, Russian and Belarussian workers can no longer register employment in Estonia with visas issued by other EU countries.

Source: Reuters


Russia’s independent newspaper ‘Novaya Gazeta’ says print license revoked

The Baumann court of Moscow granted the claim of the Russian media regulator to revoke the print license of Novaya Gazeta, a top independent Russian newspaper. The media regulator is also seeking to shut down Novaya Gazeta's website and a print magazine that it launched in July.

Source: Le Monde


Dutch city first in the world to ban meat ads

City Haarlem in The Netherlands set the first case of a ban most meat ads from public spaces because of the food's climate impact. The authorities of the city has not yet decided if the ban will be applied to the sustainably produced meat. As the decisionmakers meet some opposition from meat producers, the ban will be enforced in 2024.

Source: BBC


EU aims to ban products made with forced labour

EU lawmakers introduced a draft law banning production of products with the use of forced labour or importation of such into the EU member states. This ban should apply to products (including their components) for which forced labour has been used at any stage of production, manufacture, harvest or extraction, including working or processing. This decision was made in concern about multiple human rights violations in Chinese province of Xinjiang.

Source: Reuters


HRW documents forcible-transfer war crimes in Ukraine

The pressure group Human Rights Watch (HRW) published a report documenting illegal population transfers of Ukrainian civilians from Mariupol and the Kharkiv region — many of whom were also subjected to security screening processes used to forcibly deport civilians, known as "filtration". The forcible transfer of civilians is prohibited under international humanitarian law, or the laws of war, and can be prosecuted as a war crime and a crime against humanity.

Source: euobserver