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23/01/2019

Ballot Selfies and Freedom of Expression: European Court of Human Rights Approach

The Legal Dialogue Grant Programme has made it possible for Russian lawyers Yana Zagorskaya and Artyom Lapov to attend a hearing at the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights. The Grand Chamber deliberated whether taking and sharing photographs of one’s ballot paper was acceptable and whether it could affect the electoral process.
12/12/2018

The Baikonur Cosmodrome: Are There Legal Ways to Address the Danger?

Dangerous incidents and the use of toxic fuel at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan have been a matter of concern for the local community and environmental activists for decades. Are there any legal instruments that could address these concerns?
28/11/2018

Galina Arapova: “You get the uncomfortable feeling of trying to break a wall with your head…”

We interviewed Galina Arapova, head of the Russian NGO Mass Media Defense Centre, about the fight for freedom of expression in Russia today.
31/10/2018

Freedom of speech in Lithuania: Is it really under attack?

The Government has taken several steps that pose a threat to the freedom of media in Lithuania. Even though the political leadership has not implemented all of their suggestions, the lack of respect to journalists and the public’s right to know raises many doubts about whether the pressure on the media will ever let up.
22/10/2018

Marine Plastic Pollution: Can Law Help?

While the prevention of waste pollution of the marine environment is ensured by several legal documents on international, regional and national levels, the effectiveness of such initiatives is still not clear.
09/10/2018

Yes You Can But No You Can’t: Will Russian Court Allow ICU Visitation?

A district court in Moscow turned down a complaint from a family refused access to a dying relative in a hospital’s intensive care unit (ICU). The Moscow City Court will consider the case on appeal before the end of this year.
21/09/2018
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European Prison Litigation Network: “Any advances in the law and legislation can be undermined and must be constantly monitored.”

We interviewed the leaders of the European Prison Litigation Network (EPLN), a leading organization that advocates for prisoners’ rights in broader Europe: Hugues de Suremain, lawyer, EPLN’s co-founder and legal coordinator, and Julia Krikorian, its coordinator of the development.
04/09/2018

“We have seen children here who have never made a drawing in their lives”

Humanitarian crisis on the border in Brest: a perspective from Belarus
15/08/2018

“Violence is usually revealed only after the woman is murdered”

We interviewed two women lawyers who litigate domestic violence cases and defend other rights of women living in the North Caucasus.
08/08/2018

Defending the right to seek asylum: a perspective from Poland

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.
01/08/2018

Countries of the former Soviet Union as “Safe Countries of Origin” of asylum applicants

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.
17/07/2018

Fight, Hide, Unite — where and why?

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.
06/02/2018

Ireland: Country is to hold abortion referendum in May or June

The Irish cabinet gave the go-ahead for a referendum to relax the country's strict abortion laws, 35 years after the Catholic-majority country enshrined abortion as a crime in its constitution.
Source: cnn.com
06/02/2018

France: Top court reverses ban on breeding whales, dolphins

France’s highest administrative court overturned a ban on breeding killer whales and dolphins in captivity after ruling there had been irregularities in the decree putting the legislation into place.
Source: reuters.com
06/02/2018

Moldova: Country bans Russian ‘propaganda’ broadcasts

The law, passed by Moldova’s parliament, effectively bans the rebroadcasting of Russian news, military or politics programs.
Source: euronews.com
06/02/2018

EU: Civil society under threat, Fundamental Rights Agency finds

In many parts of the EU, civil society is under threat, finds a new report by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA).
Source: fra.europa.eu
06/02/2018

Russia: “Agora” reports on Internet freedom in Russia

The conclusions of the report are disappointing: journalists, bloggers and Internet activists are still being chased; the state expands the list of grounds for blocking and banning.
Source: meduza.io
06/02/2018

World: ‘A crisis for human rights’: new index reveals global fall in basic justice

More than 70 of 113 countries surveyed for latest Rule of Law Index report their fundamental human rights are being eroded.
Source: theguardian.com
06/02/2018

Hungary: Government is preparing ‘Stop Soros’ law package

According to the draft, “promoters of illegal migration” would be required to share data with the authorities, and would have to pay a 25 percent tax on donations from abroad.
Source: dailynewshungary.com
12/02/2018

Opinion: Spain turns its back on migrant children’s rights

At this very moment, some children in Spain are being held in adult immigration detention centres, pending return to their home countries.
Source: euobserver.com
12/02/2018

Turkey: Rights watchdog to visit Turkey over rule of law

The head of the human rights watchdog Council of Europe, Thorbjorn Jagland, is going to Turkey next week amid a proposed roadmap from Ankara to fastrack EU-required reforms, in order to lift visa restrictions on Turks.
Source: euobserver.com