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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 […]

Where things are “allowed” and where things are “forbidden”

Ahead of “weekend protests” that customarily take place in Moscow, OVD-Info sends out an  email to subscribers with information, including useful recommendations and links […]

Legal Regulation and Management of Migration in the European Union (Part 2)

Part 2. Mechanisms for Managing Humanitarian Migration to European Continent In 2014 to 2016, EU Member States faced an influx of humanitarian migration which […]

Legal Regulation and Management of Migration in the European Union (Part 1)

The current EU legislation on migration and asylum has been set out and interpreted in a number of legal documents. The existence of multiple […]

Malte Spitz: ‘In the Digital Era, Everyone Should Be in Control of Their Data’

Gesellschaft für Freiheitsrechte (Society for Civil Rights) is one of the first European NGOs to use strategic litigation in the area of human and […]

“Not everyone is able to pay a lawyer 600 euros for a 100 euro claim”

The Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation (MoJ) has published a new draft of the Concept for the Regulation of the Professional Legal […]

From Caucasus to Bialowieza: Russian and Polish Civil Society Fighting for World Heritage

In July 2017, Krakow hosted the 41st session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee. This year, the high-profile event was characterised, on one hand, […]

Germany/Turkey: German Die Welt reporter Deniz Yucel is free from Turkish jail

Deniz Yücel was in detention for a year — without indictment and with great uncertainty. Now he is free and landed in Germany.

Russia refused to admit to the ECHR that the databases of the Ministry of Internal Affairs can be bought freely

ECHR received a case from a man who bought a database on the Savelovsky market in Moscow in 2011. It was stated there that he was twice convicted and HIV-positive.

Belgium court rules against Facebook in privacy case

The Belgian Court of First Instance ruled against Facebook, stating that the company is in violation of Belgium's privacy laws by placing tracking codes, commonly referred to as "cookies," on third-party websites.

UK: High Court rules UK air pollution plan is ‘unlawful’

Government says it will take a firmer line in 45 local authorities where pollution levels breached. The decision represents a third court victory for environmental lawyers ClientEarth.

EU top court found Poland guilty of breaching air quality norms

The case was brought against Poland in December 2015 by the European Commission, which found that the daily limit for harmful air pollutants had been regularly breached in most parts of the country between 2007 and 2015.

Amnesty International 2017/18 report is out

The Report documents the state of the world’s human rights in 159 countries and territories during 2017.

UK ‘breaches Northern Ireland’s women’s rights’

The UK breaches the rights of women in Northern Ireland by unduly restricting their access to abortion, a UN Committee has found.

Bulgaria mulls amendments to anti-corruption law

Bulgaria’s National Assembly is set to discuss a bill of amendments to the recently-passed controversial law meant to fight corruption, which will introduce a transition period concerning conflict of interest for municipal councillors.

France presents new immigration bill

The new legislation would criminalize illegal border crossings but aims to cut the waiting time on asylum applications. Migrant rights groups have called for the bill to be withdrawn, labeling it "too repressive."