07/04/2021

Court orders Belgium to end coronavirus measures due to insufficient legal basis

A Belgian court has ordered the federal government to end all its coronavirus measures within 30 days because it failed to establish a proper legal basis for them, local media reported.

Source: Politico

07/04/2021

Human rights ‘non-negotiable’, EU officials tell Erdogan in Turkey

Top EU officials stated that they used a meeting with Turkish President Erdogan to insist that any moves to improve EU-Turkey relations would be conditional on Ankara improving its record on human rights and the rule of law.

Source: France24

12/04/2021

Italy ends censorship of films on moral and religious grounds

Italy’s censorship law from 1914 felled some giants of the silver screen – including Last Tango in Paris – but now faces its own curtain call: filmmakers will classify their own movies based on the age of the audience, instead on moral and religious grounds.

Source: The Guardian

12/04/2021

Belgian law to be updated with gender-neutral language

Belgium’s civil code, which dates back to the Napoleonic era, is getting a modern update to switch to more gender-neutral language.

Source: Brussels Times

12/04/2021

How eliminating private prosecution will help domestic violence victims in Russia

Russia’s Supreme Court has submitted a draft law to the State Duma on eliminating so-called “private prosecution,” wherein criminal proceedings are launched by victims, who are then expected to gather evidence and lay charges in the case themselves.

Source: Meduza

12/04/2021

ECHR rules obligatory vaccination may be necessary

The ruling is the first time that the European Court of Human Rights has weighed in on the issue of compulsory vaccinations. The decision could play a role in efforts to end the coronavirus pandemic.

Source: DW

12/04/2021

Why Denmark is clamping down on ‘non-Western’ residents

The Danish government plans to swap a controversial law targeting immigrant neighborhoods for another that cracks down harder. Rights groups warn that such moves could violate current laws against discrimination.

Source: DW

20/04/2021

In its latest lurch to the far right, Denmark plans to send some refugees back to Syria

Denmark became the first democratic European nation to tell Syrian refugees originating from Damascus and its surrounding countryside to return to the war-torn nation, which Copenhagen says is safe.

Source: CNN

20/04/2021

Poland’s top court hobbles human rights advocate

Poland’s human rights ombudsman — one of the few remaining independent institutions in the country — will have to vacate his post in three months under a ruling issued by the Polish Constitutional Tribunal.

Source: Politico