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12/04/2017

Freedom of Assembly in Russia in 2016. Review of Legislation and Law Enforcement

Criminalisation of the protest continues in Russia: the legislation is moving towards the creation of lists of the undesirable and the unreliable, which, probably, […]
07/04/2017

Restrictions on Live Broadcasting Trials in Media Signed into Law in Russia

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin signed a law on March 28 restricting video, audio and online broadcasts of trials in the media – from now […]
21/02/2017

Russia’s Supreme Court Upholds Constitutional Court Ruling, Frees Prisoner Convicted for Protesting

Criminal conviction and jail time for violating protest regulations can apply only to protesters who pose real threat to other people’s lives or property, […]
31/01/2017

Human Rights and Businesses: on the Difficulty of Doing the Right Thing Well

I have an entrepreneurial friend in Spain who owns a successful business, making children’s clothes and selling them online. She has hired two seamstresses […]
31/01/2017

Tobias Münchmeyer: ‘Global Migration Processes, Terrorism and Security Have a Lot to Do with Resources and Energy Production’

Deputy Head of Greenpeace’s Political Unit (Berlin) talks about energy policy priorities for 2017, the economic benefits of alternative energy sources, and what to […]
31/01/2017

Opening Marriage to Same-Sex Couples in the European Union

Introduction Associated Press reported on 29 November 2016 that Romania’s Constitutional Court had announced it would consult with the European Court of Justice (CJEU) […]
31/01/2017

Healthcare for Asylum Seekers in Italy in Theory and in Practice

*This text is an answer to the question of Pascal Detzler “How is Healthcare for Asylum Seekers Regulated in the EU and in Russia?” Right […]
31/01/2017

Russian Justice Initiative Submitted Original Interview Transcripts on FGM to Dagestan Prosecutor’s Office

In January 2017 the Russian Justice Initiative (RJI) submitted the results of its study Female Genital Mutilation of Girls in Dagestan1Female Genital Mutilation of Girls […]
31/01/2017

On the Difficulty of Conducting Trans-Border Investigations

The bulk of investigations into the Russian mafia usually come to nought or are not carried out at all. Specific provisions in international legislation […]
31/01/2017

The Role of German Community Foundations in the Refugee Crisis

German community foundations, Bürgerstiftungen, lie at the heart of civil society in the country1Turner, 2009. Whilst they are a relatively young form of participating […]
31/01/2017

Russia’s Anti-Terrorist ‘Yarovaya Law’, Controversially Implemented, In the Spotlight Again

Practice of implementing the most contentious provisions of the so-called “Yarovaya Law,” aimed at fighting and preventing terrorism, raises concern among Russia’s legal community […]
31/01/2017

How is Healthcare for Asylum Seekers Regulated in Russia

*This text is an answer to the question of Pascal Detzler “How is Healthcare for Asylum Seekers Regulated in the EU and in Russia?” How […]
24/04/2018

ECJ rules Poland logging of Białowieża Forest violates EU law

The court found that Poland violated the EU's Habitat Directive, which requires members of the EU to take appropriate action to conserve areas deemed special. Under the court's ruling, Poland must immediately stop logging in the forest or be subject to financial penalties.
Source: jurist.org
24/04/2018

The Moscow City Court acquitted and released Yana Gurcheva, earlier sentenced to six years in prison for the murder of her husband

According to lawyers specializing in cases of domestic violence, this decision is unique: Russian courts in such cases have never taken the side of a woman.
Source: zona.media
30/04/2018

Turkey sentences 14 oppositional journalists to prison

A Turkish court sentenced 14 staff of the opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet to prison on terrorism charges and acquitted three, one of their lawyers said, in a case that has sparked global outrage over press freedom under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Source: middleeasteye.net
30/04/2018

Humanitarian organizations criticize Greece migrant containment policy

Twenty-one humanitarian organizations issued a joint statement condemning the Greek government's decision to reinstate a migrant "containment" policy after it was struck down by the nation's highest administrative court. Among them were Amnesty International, Oxfam, and Human Rights Watch.
Source: jurist.org
30/04/2018

UK home secretary Amber Rudd quits as immigration crisis grows

Amber Rudd has dramatically resigned as home secretary, after repeatedly struggling to account for her role in the unjust treatment of Windrush generation migrants. А series of revelations in the Guardian over Windrush demonstrated that she was aware of targets for removing illegal migrants from Britain.
Source: theguardian.com
30/04/2018

Whistleblower protection: European Commission sets new, EU-wide rules

The new law will guarantee a high level of protection for whistleblowers who report breaches of EU law. It will establish safe channels for reporting both within an organisation and to public authorities. It will also protect whistleblowers against dismissal, demotion and other forms of retaliation, press-release says.
30/04/2018

France approves controversial immigration bill

The bill shortens asylum application deadlines, doubles the time for which illegal migrants can be detained, and introduces a one-year prison sentence for entering France illegally.
Source:bbc.com
07/05/2018

Belgian PM: EU needs ‘peer review’ system on rule of law

In a speech before the European Parliament about the future of Europe — in which he also talked about digital tax, the bloc’s budget and regional policy — Michel proposed that each country submit itself to a review of its adherence to rule of law standards by fellow EU members.
Source: politico.eu
07/05/2018

Scotland to debate policy that may force rape victims to testify

The row over new prosecution guidelines that would compel rape complainants to give evidence in court is to be debated in the Scottish parliament, as campaigners say the policy will have a “chilling effect” on women coming forward to report sexual violence.
Source: theguardian.com