Multibillion euro lawsuits derail climate action

An archaic energy treaty is being weaponized by big emitters to sue EU governments who are phasing out fossil fuels. Hundreds of billions of taxpayer funds could be redirected from climate action to corporate coffers.

Source: DW


German NGO files legal case against Chechen officials over anti-gay purges

Five officials from the inner circle of Chechnya’s autocratic leader are the subject of a criminal complaint in Germany for crimes against humanity, in a legal attempt to seek justice over the semi-autonomous Russian republic’s anti-gay purges.

Source: The Guardian


Russian prosecutors seek to ban Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation and campaign offices as ‘extremist’

Russian prosecutors have filed a lawsuit with the Moscow City Court on declaring Alexey Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation (the FBK), Citizens’ Rights Protection Foundation, and campaign offices “extremist.”

Source: Meduza


Greece accused of ‘shocking’ illegal pushback against refugees at sea

A lawsuit filed against the Greek state at the European court of human rights accuses Athens of a shocking level of violence in sophisticated inter-agency operations that form part of an illegal pushback strategy to stop the arrival of refugees and migrants.

Source: The Guardian


In Poland, an LGBTQ migration as homophobia deepens

An escalation in verbal attacks by the Polish government, with the support of the Roman Catholic Church, as well as the threat of physical violence on the streets of many cities, has triggered an exodus of gay people.

Source: NYT


Prague asks allies for ‘solidarity expulsions’ in diplomatic dispute with Moscow over depot blast

The Czech Republic has called on fellow European Union and NATO members for "solidarity" action to support it amid a diplomatic spat between Prague and Moscow over Czech claims that Russian military agents were behind a deadly 2014 explosion at a Czech arms depot.

Source: RFE/RL


After China ban, Romania hit by illegal waste imports

Despite having the second-lowest waste-recycling rates in the European Union, Romania has become overflowing with waste and garbage — most of it brought in illegally from abroad.

Source: EU Observer


The government will ban “foreign agents” and people without teaching experience from holding lectures and seminars

The Russian government will prohibit lectures and teaching outside universities and schools to people without teaching experience, persons included in the list of "foreign agents", tax and fine debtors as well as people convicted under a number of the Criminal Code articles.

Source: Svoboda


Searching for balance: freedom of expression and the use of criminal measures to combat COVID-19 misinformation

During the COVID-19 pandemic, misinformation has become an important problem that threatens the health and even lives of people. But where is the line to be drawn between the fight against the spread of disinformation and the attack on free speech?