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02/05/2017

CeRe: Increasing Citizen Participation in Romania

The Resource Centre for Public Participation (CeRe) was founded in 2008, when nobody in Bucharest knew what civic participation was. Starting with door-knocking to […]
02/05/2017

Three Organisations Associated with Mikhail Khodorkovsky Declared ‘Undesirable’ in Russia

The Russian Ministry of Justice has listed three groups associated with democracy activist Mikhail Khodorkovsky in its register of “undesirable organisations”1http://minjust.ru/ru/activity/nko/unwanted: the UK-based Open […]
01/05/2017

Vigjilenca Abazi: “Whistleblowing is a Manifestation of Freedom of Expression”

Dr. Vigjilenca Abazi is an Assistant Professor of EU Law at Maastricht University and a Research Coordinator at the Centre for European Research in […]
28/04/2017

German Law on Social Media May Threaten Freedom of Expression  

On the threshold of parliamentary elections Germany is pushing the legislation against hate speech and fake news on social media. According to the proposed […]
28/04/2017

Asylum Seekers’ Access to Healthcare. Romanian and EU reflections

*This text is an answer to the question of Pascal Detzler “How is Healthcare for Asylum Seekers Regulated in the EU and in Russia?” Introduction […]
28/04/2017

Life in Crimea: Political Repression, Militarisation, Lawlessness and Censorship

Since the annexation of Crimea in 2014, the peninsula has faced a difficult situation. Russian authorities have pursued a repressive policy against the locals: […]
26/04/2017

Chechen Refugees in Europe: Reasons Why They Flee Russia and Asylum Problems  

On 6 September 2016, a branch of Human Constanta, a Belarus-based human rights group, was opened in Brest to help refugees, mostly from Chechnya, […]
26/04/2017

Igor Kochetkov: “We Must Rescue All Those We Can Rescue and Help Them Leave Russia”

Igor Kochetkov, Russian LGBT-activist and chairman of the LGBT-Network, talks about the mass persecution of gay people in Chechnya, their possible evacuation from the […]
25/04/2017

Carmen Pombo: “The Task Facing the Legal Community Today Is to Effect Change in the World”

The Fernando Pombo Foundation (Spain) in collaboration with the nation’s universities has launched an innovative multi-purpose project Multiplícate that seeks to involve law students […]
23/04/2017

Ukrainian ‘Drug Couriers’ in Russian Prisons. Difficulties in Helping Victims of Human Trafficking

The activities of two criminal groups engaged in human trafficking were halted by the efforts of victims’ parents with the help of human and […]
19/04/2017

Hungarian Authorities Try to Close the Central European University

The status of non-governmental organisations and human rights watchdogs in Hungary will worsen in the near future. In mid-May 2017 the government will vote […]
19/04/2017

How Do We Know the Number of People Detained during the Anti-Corruption Protests and Who They Are

Police arrested hundreds of people after anti-corruption protests swept across Russia on 26 March 2017. In Vladivostok alone 26 people were taken into custody […]
09/04/2018

UN urges France to take effective measures to bring water and sanitation services to migrants

Estimated 900 migrants and asylum-seekers in Calais, 350 in Grande-Synthe, and an unidentified number at other sites elsewhere along the northern French coast are living without adequate emergency shelter and proper access to drinking water, toilets or washing facilities.
Source: ohchr.org
17/04/2018

Ex-Auschwitz SS guard charged in Germany

German prosecutors have charged a 94-year-old former SS guard with aiding and abetting mass murder at the Nazis' Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp.
Source: bbc.com
17/04/2018

Belfast council passes abortion pills motion against prosecutions

The motion denounced cases such as the one involving a mother who obtained abortion pills for her 15-year-old daughter after her child was raped. The mother faces prosecution in a court case in Belfast next month.
Source: theguardian.com
17/04/2018

ECJ upholds young refugees’ right to family reunification

Refugees who request family reunification must be treated as minors even if they turn 18 during asylum process.
Source: politico.eu
17/04/2018

Norway introduces DNA tests to halt family immigration cheating

The government proposed amendments to the Children’s and Citizenship Acts. The changes are designed to prevent cheating with family immigration.
Source: norwaytoday.info
17/04/2018

Roskomnadzor put Telegram in banned websites list

The court has decided that Telegram as the organizer of information dissemination on the Internet is obliged to provide the FSB with the data necessary for decoding messages of its users.
Source: bbc.com
24/04/2018

Bavarian mental health law draft puts depressives on a par with criminals

Reduce the number of shelters and manage psychological crises right from the beginning – that's the idea behind the new law written by Minister of Health Melanie Huml (CSU). But experts in Bavaria are dissatisfied with the current draft.
Source: infoglitz.com
24/04/2018

Spain is accusing rappers of glorifying terrorism — and putting them behind bars

The Catalan rapper Pablo Hasél will spend two years and one day in jail for glorifying terrorism and insulting the Crown and state institutions in one of his songs and a series of tweets.
Source: politico.eu
24/04/2018

Crackdown prompts Soros’s Open Society to quit Budapest

Open Society Foundations has revealed plans to close its Budapest office ahead of a crackdown on civil society by the right-wing government of the re-elected Hungarian prime minister, Viktor Orbán.
Source: theguardian.com