03/02/2020

The path to a stronger justice system in Slovakia?

Two years ago, a contract killer shot the Slovak journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancé Martina Kusnirova. The alleged perpetrators have been testifying in a case since January 2020 and the odds that Marian Kocner, a businessman with ties to government officials, will be found guilty have grown. The trial is destabilising the Slovak politics and society.

Source: New Europe

03/02/2020

Berlin freezes rents for 5 years in a bid to slow gentrification

The move, in a capital once known for its artists and its party scene, aims to reverse a trend that is driving out older and lower-income residents.

Source: The New York Times

03/02/2020

Russian Justice Ministry proposes fines for users who share articles from non-registered media

The Justice Ministry’s proposal for an updated codex includes a provision penalizing “the preparation or distribution of items produced by an unregistered mass media source” as well as sources whose registration papers fail to include any new information such as a change in ownership.

Source: Meduza

03/02/2020

EU demands access to UK waters in order to sign trade deal

The European Union will link any access to its market for British products directly to the access that EU boats will be given to U.K. waters, the bloc’s chief negotiator said.

Source: AP

03/02/2020

Russia’s share of European Human Rights cases hits 7-year high

Russia remains the runaway leader in the number of pending cases among the 47 member states that fall under the court’s jurisdiction, according to ECHR data. Russia last year accounted for 15,050 out of a total of 59,800 pending cases in the Strasbourg-based court, or one-quarter of all applications.

Source: The Moscow Times

11/02/2020

Welfare surveillance system violates human rights, Dutch court rules

Dutch court has ruled that an automated surveillance system for detecting welfare fraud should be immediately halted because it violates human rights. As governments around the world increasingly use artificial intelligence and risk modelling to administer welfare benefits and other essential services, the decision in the Netherlands could set a strong legal precedent and inspire the filing of similar cases and a reevaluation of digital welfare systems.

Source: The Guardian

11/02/2020

Greece passes new law to better monitor NGOs dealing with migration

A new law creating a special registry for non-governmental organisations, their employees and partners has been adopted in Greece. The bill is designed to help the government regulate and control actors involved in the migration crisis management, including the actors’ activities.

Source: Euractiv

11/02/2020

Russia jails members of ‘non-existent’ terror group Set

In the city of Penza, seven Russian anarchists and anti-fascist activists have been sentenced to between six and 18 years in penal colonies for allegedly planning terrorist attacks. Human rights groups and lawyers argue that the charges have been fabricated and accuse authorities of torturing the seven men into confessing.

Source: BBC

11/02/2020

Finland to give dads same parental leave as mums

The new government in Finland has announced a reform of family benefits that aims to give all parents the same parental leave, in an attempt to get fathers to spend more time with their children. Paid allowance would be increased to a combined 14 months, meaning 164 days of parental leave for each parent, and pregnant women would receive an additional month’s allowance.

Source: BBC