02/03/2021

‘A nation of prosecutors’: The French are suing the state to drive social change

President Emmanuel Macron lamented that the French have become “a nation of 66 million prosecutors”. He may have a point: Whether battling climate change or racial profiling by police, activists and ordinary citizens are pursuing groundbreaking legal action to force his government into action.

Source: France 24

02/03/2021

Czech Republic takes legal action against Poland’s Turow mine

The Czech Republic has filed a lawsuit against Poland at the Court of Justice of the European Union, saying it had violated the bloc’s law with the expansion of mining at the Turow lignite mine.

Source: Reuters

02/03/2021

European Commission takes Germany to court for failing to protect nature

The EU has long warned Germany that its efforts to protect nature under the Flora-Fauna-Habitats Directive were not adequate. Now, the European Commission is taking Germany to the European Court of Justice for violating nature and conservation laws.

Source: Euronews

10/03/2021

St. Petersburg activist sues Russian Justice Ministry over ‘foreign agent’ label

St. Petersburg activist Daria Apakhonchich, who was declared a “foreign agent” in December 2020, has filed a lawsuit against the Russian Justice Ministry over the illegality of this decision, stating that they violated the norms of Russian and international law by adding her to the government’s list of “foreign-agent media.”

Source: Meduza

10/03/2021

German court suspends right to surveil far-right AfD party

A German court suspended the right of the country’s domestic intelligence agency to conduct surveillance on the AfD, the leading opposition in Parliament, pending the outcome of a legal challenge by the far-right party. Initially, Germany’s domestic intelligence agency planned to investigate AfD on suspicion of being a threat to democracy.

Source: The New York Times

10/03/2021

EU pushes companies to close gender pay gap

Pushing member states to address salary disparities between men and women, the EU revealed details of a proposed law that would require companies to divulge gender pay gaps and give job candidates access to salary information in employment interviews. Additionally, companies could be punished if they fail to pay women and men the same salaries.

Source: The New York Times

10/03/2021

Switzerland referendum: Voters support ban on face coverings in public

Switzerland has narrowly voted in favour of banning face coverings in public, including the burka or niqab worn by Muslim women; almost no-one in Switzerland wears a burka and only around 30 women wear the niqab. The new law doesn't apply to facial coverings for health reasons.

Source: BBC

10/03/2021

Italian magistrates set to level charges against sea rescuers, NGOs

A German aid group that operated a migrant rescue boat in the Mediterranean said Italian magistrates were set to charge 21 individuals and three human rights groups with aiding illegal immigration from Libya.

Source: Reuters

16/03/2021

Complaint filed in Moscow against Vagner Mercenary Group over torture of Syrian detainee

Three nongovernmental organisations based in France, Syria, and Russia have announced a legal case in Moscow against the Vagner Group, a Russian military contractor with indirect ties to the country's political elite, over the 2017 torture of a detainee in Syria.

Source: Radio Free Europe