05/10/2021

San Marino voters overwhelmingly back legal abortion

San Marino residents voted overwhelmingly to legalise abortion, rejecting a 150-year-old law that had criminalised it and making the tiny republic the latest majority Catholic state to approve the procedure under certain circumstances.

Source: AP

14/10/2021

Court rules Polish Constitution has primacy over EU laws

Poland’s constitutional court ruled that Polish laws have supremacy over those of the European Union in areas where they clash, a decision likely to embolden the country’s right-wing government and worsen its already troubled relationship with the EU.

Source: AP

14/10/2021

Russia plans to do away with term limits for regional leaders

The Russian State Duma is set to consider a new draft law aimed at lifting the two-term limit for the heads of Russia’s regions. It will give the president more power to influence regional leaders, allowing him to reprimand them, issue warnings for poor performance, and fire them.

Source: Meduza

14/10/2021

Spain brings up the bodies of Franco’s victims

The bodies of mass grave of victims of Franco’s repressions are being brought up for a decent reburial – and are emerging into a country still bitterly divided over how to deal with the toxic legacy of the civil war and the four-decade dictatorship that followed.

Source: The Guardian

14/10/2021

Danish women evacuated from Syrian camps charged with terrorism links

Three Danish women, who were evacuated by the government under the pressure of the parliament from Syrian detention camps along with their 14 children, had been charged with aiding terrorist activities and illegally travelling to and residing in conflict zones.

Source: Euronews

14/10/2021

Belgium’s Jews lament ban on ritual slaughter

A ban on kosher and halal slaughter without first stunning an animal was implemented by the right-wing government together with animal-rights organisations. However, the representatives of the Jewish community not only feel the shortage of fresh kosher meal, but claim that it is also an infringement of their religious rights.

Source: Politico

03/11/2021

‘Children of the Gulag’ file class-action lawsuit against Russia’s State Duma

The claim was filed over the parliament’s alleged failure to fulfil a 2019 Constitutional Court ruling, according to which children born in the Gulag system or in exile have the right to receive housing in the cities where their families lived at the time they were persecuted.

Source: Meduza

03/11/2021

Austrian government proposes law to legalise assisted suicide

The new law lays out the conditions under which assisted suicide will be possible in the future, following a ruling by Austria's Constitutional Court according to which banning assisted suicide was unconstitutional because it violated a person's right to self-determination.

Source: CNN

03/11/2021

Italian Senate rejects anti-homophobia law

The Italian parliament rejected the law that would have made homophobia a crime that is treated similarly to racism, allowing for prison sentences for offenders. It sought to punish acts of discrimination and incitement to violence against gay, lesbian, transgender and disabled people.

Source: DW