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22/02/2021

One Year After Mietendeckel: How Berlin Rent Cap Works

A year ago, Berlin passed the Mietendeckel, "a rent cap law". How does it work today and what do city residents and landlords think about it?
11/01/2021

Brexit: implications for human rights in the UK

How are Brexit and human rights related? Simon Cosgrove, the Chair of the Trustees of "Rights in Russia", in his column reflects on how Britain's exit from the EU has impacted the present and future of human rights.
22/12/2020

Repaying Historical Dues: Here Is Your European Passport

Today, a number of European states allow the descendants of people who fled their home countries in the 30-40s of the 20th century, or even in the 15th century, to restore their lost European citizenship. How do these legal initiatives work in practice? Can they remedy the injustices of the past?
23/11/2020
Фото: Семейный архив Евгении Шашевой

Echoes of Stalin’s “Great Terror.” How the descendants of repression continue to fight for their rights

Massive political repression in the USSR peaked in the late 1930s, but the descendants of the repressed are still fighting to restore the honest name of their ancestors and are trying to return home from their places of exile, to where their families were expelled decades ago.
09/11/2020

National Sovereignty or International Law? The Russian Constitution Has the Last Word

On January 2020, President Putin called for amending the Russian Constitution to establish its precedence over supranational judicial bodies, meaning, primarily, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). Interestingly, this was not a new idea: Russian legal experts who for many years have been suggesting such an amendment to the Constitution had referred to German precedent.
09/10/2020

Memory Laws in Russia and Other Restrictions on Freedom of Expression

Under the European Convention on Human Rights, states must guarantee free and open debates about the past. Yet, with the rise of memory laws, the right to free expression has been endangered.
16/09/2020

Is the Impossible Possible? International Monitoring of Regional and Local Elections in the Russian Federation

In August 2019, several international organisations received a request to send observers to monitor elections in Moscow and St. Petersburg. But the attempt to involve international observers in these elections ended in failure: international observation of the nationwide single voting day on 8 September, 2019, was not implemented.
28/08/2020

The Case of the Khachaturyan Sisters: A Turning Point in Russian Domestic Violence Law?

Russia still has no domestic violence legislation. Will the case of the Khachaturian sisters, three girls who have been subjected to abuse by their father for many years, become a turning point in the adoption of such a law?
23/07/2020

Extradition from the EU to Russia as a Pretext

What is the future of Russian citizens extradited from EU countries to their homeland? According to the European Convention on Human Rights and European human rights case law, a country attempting to extradite an accused person must assess the risks that the person may face. But do the European courts assess these risks correctly?
24/06/2020

The Economics of Migration: Russian Experience

Migration in today's world is a complex phenomenon that can have both positive and negative impact: a smart and flexible migration policy can help countries strengthen their social, economic and political ties and open up new sources of capital and investment. In contrast, an irrational and excessively restrictive migration policy can cause imbalances in the labour market and income inequalities between immigrants and local residents, potentially leading to high levels of social tension.
18/06/2020

A Mentally Healthy Society: Respecting Human Rights and Reducing Social Inequality as a Way to Well-Being

What will psychiatry of the future look like and how does respecting human rights affect the mental health of citizens? Claudia Marinetti, director of the largest European mental health organisation, talks about this (and much more).
28/05/2020

The Right to a Fair Trial in the Context of COVID-19 in Russia

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization announced the COVID-19 to be a pandemic. Most countries including Russia have taken measures to combat coronavirus, and some of these measures have also affected the judicial system. But are they consistent with the country's fair trial obligations under international law?
19/12/2017

Russia: More than 70 Crimean Tatar activists put on trial in Crimea

Cases are connected to mass single-person pickets that were held on October 14th in different locations over Crimea.
Source: novayagazeta.ru
19/12/2017

Finland: journalist’s home searched for the case on disclosure of state secrets

Laura Halmisen is one of the authors of the article about centre of electronic reconnaissance published in the newspaper Helsingin Sanomat.
Source: hs.fi
19/12/2017

Ireland: parliament committee to recommend limited legalization of abortion

A committee in Ireland's Houses of Oireachtas voted to recommend that the full parliament repeal the country's Eighth Amendment, which dictates that an unborn child and mother have an equal right to life.
Source: jurist.org
19/12/2017

Opinion: the Guardian view on the effectiveness of international law

World justice is failing the innocent when tyrants kill with impunity.
Source: theguardian.com
16/01/2018

Greece: Muslim minority hails change to limit power of sharia law

PM welcomes legislation allowing them to opt for Greece’s secular legal system instead of Islamic law to resolve divorce, child custody and inheritance matters.
Source: theguardian.com
16/01/2018

Spain: Activist and journalist Helena Maleno in Moroccan court over people smuggling charge

Helena Maleno is thought to have saved hundreds of lives by alerting maritime authorities to plight of vulnerable migrants
Source: theguardian.com
16/01/2018

UK: Brexit bill leaves a hole in UK human rights

British civil rights groups sound a warning over effects of EU withdrawal legislation.
Source: theguardian.com
16/01/2018

Russia: The head of Memorial in Chechnya detained

A case about the possession of drugs was filed against human rights activist Oyub Titiev. On January 11 he was arrested for two months.
Source: zona.media
16/01/2018

Luxembourg: Luxleaks whistleblower Antoine Deltour has conviction quashed

A Luxembourg court has overturned the conviction of one of two whistleblowers in the so-called Luxleaks tax scandal — the biggest leak of this kind before Panama Papers.
Source: bbc.com