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More than 70 human rights and charity organisations in Russia demand a law on domestic violence

“Psychology for Human Rights” movement published an open letter expressing support for the corresponding bill of the working group at the Presidential Human Rights Council. The letter was signed by 73 organisations.

Six Jehovah’s Witnesses sentenced to imprisonment for extremism in Russia

The court in Saratov found six Jehovah's Witnesses believers guilty in organizing the activities of an extremist religious organization and sentenced them to imprisonment for up to 3,5 years.
Source: Reuters

Austria to grant citizenship to descendants of victims of Nazism

Austrian lawmakers have voted to provide access to Austrian citizenship for descendants of people who were forced out of the country by the Nazis. Great-grandchildren of Nazi victims would also be eligible.
Source: Deutsche Welle

Malta urged to drop libel cases against murdered journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia

In a letter written on September 12 Commissioner Dunja Mijatovic wrote to Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat about "over 40 civil and criminal defamation suits" that were pending against Daphne Caruana Galizia, who was killed in October 2017, aged 53.
Source: Euronews

French parliament to mull law to cut consumer waste

France’s parliament will from Tuesday (24 September) debate legislation seeking to move the country closer to its ambition of a low-waste future, forcing electronics firms to use second-hand materials and cutting down on plastic refuse.
Source: Euractiv

Huge march lobbies to undo Slovak abortion law

Tens of thousands marched in Slovakia's capital calling for a total ban on abortions in the predominantly Catholic country.
Source: Independent

Climate activists are suing Europe’s biggest coal plant

A global environmental charity announced a legal challenge designed to eliminate the Poland’s Bełchatów power station’s carbon footprint by 2035.

Source: The Guardian


Italy’s top court rules assisted suicide not always a crime in landmark case

Italy's top court on Wednesday, 25 September, ruled that it should not always be punishable to help someone "under intolerable physical and psychological suffering" to commit suicide.
Source: Euronews

UK Home Office faces court challenge over allowing asylum seekers to be interrogated by countries from which they are trying to flee

The Home Office is to be challenged in court over its practice of inviting foreign government representatives to interview political asylum seekers after exposure of its “corrupt” exercise.
Source: The Independent