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Black Friday for the Secular State

One part of the Polish society is trying to liberalize the abortion law, one of the most restrictive in Europe, while the other part, headed by the Polish Catholic church, insists on restrict it even more and make any abortion illegal.

The Blacklist

The Russian State Duma aims at to block websites containing false and defamatory information. Human rights defenders warn that its initiative could become an instrument of censorship.

Helen Darbishire: “Right of access to information is one of the instruments to defend democracy”

Access Info Europe defends and promotes the right to know on the European continent. We met with them in Madrid to find out what has changed in field of access to information since 2006.

Prisoner No. 7

Seventy years after Raoul Wallenberg's disappearance in the Lubyanka prison, his family is suing the FSB for access to prison archives.

Nani Jansen Reventlow: “Time to fight back for our digital rights”

All over Europe, digital rights are under attack, and numerous organizations are already advocating and going to court to protect human rights in the digital sphere. To facilitate collaboration between digital rights actors and provide funds for strategic litigation for that cause, Digital Freedom Fund was established in Berlin.

It is like that phrase “don’t think about white bear”

Polish law professor Monika Platek reflects on the controversial Polish law on criminal liability for publicly implicating the state or people of Poland in Nazi crimes.

Dissolved for international solidarity

"Foreign agents" law now enforced against Russian trade unions.

A Legal Battle against History

Poland outlaws public mention of the "Polish people or State's responsibility for the Third Reich’s crimes."

Operation starve & strangle

How the government uses the law to repress Hungary's civic spirit. Joint statement of the Hungarian Helsinki Committee and Hungarian Civil Liberties Union.

Telegram Besieged

A case initiated by the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) against Telegram messenger last summer was the Russian authorities’ first demonstrative attack on digital […]

A Case of Two Stamps

On 4 January 2018, two men, both Russian nationals, were legally married in Copenhagen, Denmark. On 25 January 2018, after returning to Moscow, they […]

Climate Change Threats and Perceptions: Choice of Priorities and Role of NGOs

External threats and their perceptions tend to reflect differences between a society’s various segments and groups—which, in turn, stem from problems on local, regional […]

Russia: Moscow City Court authorizes journalist of Novaya Gazeta Ali Feruz to eave Russia for third country

Ali Feruza is accused of violating the rules of entry into Russia or the regime of stay in the country. In early August, the court ruled to force Feruz out of Russia to Uzbekistan.

UK: British hacker Lauri Love wins fight against extradition to US

After a five-year legal battle against extradition, Love was told on Monday morning that he would not be sent to the US for face trial for hacking into computer systems including NASA, the Federal Reserve and the US Army.

The Netherlands: Dutch judges refer British expats’ European citizenship case to top EU court

Ahead of Brexit, UK citizens living in the Netherlands applied to court to have their rights as EU citizens recognized and protected. The court has passed their queries on to the European Court of Justice.

Ireland: Supreme Court strikes down ban preventing asylum seekers working

Five judge court had unanimously ruled in May that the ban was unconstitutional.

Russia: US Justice Department accuses 13 Russians of interfering in US elections

The charges are brought in particular against the businessman and president’s acquaintance Evgeny Prigozhin and his companies Concord Management and Concord Catering.

Hungary: The UN called anti-migration bill an ‘assault on human rights’

The proposed bill could lead to banning NGOs dealing with migration.

Germany: Human Rights Watch criticized social media law

The new German law that compels social media companies to remove hate speech and other illegal content can lead to unaccountable, overbroad censorship and should be promptly reversed, said Human Rights Watch.

The Netherlands: Senate approves automatic organ donor registration

The Dutch Senate voted in favor of a new law that automatically makes every adult living in the Netherlands an organ donor.

UK: British judge upholds arrest warrant for Julian Assange

Judge Emma Arbuthnot rejected a call from Assange’s lawyers for the warrant to be revoked because he is no longer wanted for questioning in Sweden over alleged sex crimes.