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Leaked EU anti-deforestation law raised concerns of campaigners

The European Commission has pledged to introduce a law aimed at preventing products linked to deforestation from being sold in the EU. However, campaigners said that an impact assessment reveals of the leaked draft reveals “significant omissions” in the plans, including the exclusion of endangered grasslands and wetlands, as well as products that raise environmental concerns, such as rubber and maize.

Source: Guardian


Greece’s proposed joint custody law faces a fierce backlash over domestic violence fears

The new law is supposed to eradicate disproportion when mothers are gifted custody almost in every case of divorce. However, opposition parties and rights groups raise concerns that this draft disregards the risk of domestic violence and could endanger victims.

Source: France24


Denmark set to ban life-term prisoners from new romantic links

Under the new law, prisoners will be limited to contacting only those already close to them for the first 10 years of their incarceration. Ministers hope the ban will counter the rise of 'groupies' of criminals.

Source: BBC


European Parliament supported sanctions against Poland and Hungary for breaching of LGBTQ+ rights

MEPs voted strongly in favor of a resolution calling on the European Commission to consider sanctions against Poland and Hungary for breaching European “values” on LGBTQ+ rights as well as “measures against Poland for violating principles of non-discrimination” of LGBTQ+ people. However, the resolution is legally non-binding.

Source: Politico


Russia will continue increasing control over foreign IT-companies

Russia is ready to implement new restrictions on foreign tech-giants, including Google and Apple. Restrictions will not be limited to the obligatory opening of representative offices in Russia, but also will require removal of any materials from the platforms by the request of the authorities.

Source: Interfax-Russia


«Pandora Papers» reveal financial schemes of world leaders

The new report — based on the review of nearly 12 million files obtained from 14 firms located around the world and carried out by a consortium of hundreds of journalists — found the rich and powerful have been hiding their investments in mansions, exclusive beachfront property, yachts and other assets for the past quarter of a century.

Source: Euronews


Ukraine’s Parliament passes bill banning anti-Semitism

Ukraine's parliament has passed a law defining anti-Semitism and banning it in the country. The legislation defines anti-Semitism as hatred of Jews, calling for or justifying attacks on the minority, making false or hateful statements about Jews, and denying the mass extermination of Jews during the Holocaust. Damaging buildings, monuments, or religious institutions would also fall under the definition of anti-Semitism.

Source: RFE


ECHR suspends human rights activist’s deportation from Russia

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled that Russia must not deport migrant rights activist Valentina Chupik to Uzbekistan. The ECHR suspended Chupik’s deportation under Rule 39, which authorises the court to take interim measures in cases where there’s an imminent risk of irreparable damage to the applicant.

Source: Meduza


France threatened with legal action over use of pesticides

The French government is being threatened with court action by two NGOs who accuse it of failing to meet its obligations to protect nature. They argue the state has allowed widespread use and marketing of pesticides that harm wildlife.

Source: The Guardian