Spain takes ‘giant step’ towards gender self-identification

The Spanish Cabinet approved a draft bill extending LGBTI rights that also bans conversion therapies, makes it easier for lesbian couples to register as co-parents and gives trans people access to assisted reproduction. The document, which still needs to undergo review and secure parliamentary backing, would also allow people 16 and over to legally change their name and gender on their identity documents without undergoing hormone therapy or securing medical reports indicating “gender dysphoria.”

Source : El Pais


Concerns over rule of law as Slovenia takes over EU presidency

Amid high tension between east and west over democratic values, the European Union's presidency passes to Slovenia, led by a nationalist who has a history of crossing swords with the EU executive in debates over democracy. Prime Minister Janez Jansa clashed with Brussels over media freedoms in the run-up to Slovenia's six-month stint leading the 27-nation bloc.

Source: France 24


EU countries approve landmark climate change law

EU countries gave the final seal of approval to a law to make the bloc's greenhouse gas emissions targets legally binding. Negotiators from Parliament and EU member states reached a deal in April on the climate law, which sets targets to reduce net EU emissions by 55% by 2030, from 1990 levels, and eliminate them by 2050.

Source: Reuters


U.K. wants to send asylum seekers to offshore centers after Denmark passes similar law

Home Secretary Priti Patel is pushing forward with legislation next week that would permit the U.K. to send refugees and migrants abroad for processing — a move similar to a law that Denmark passed in early June allowing it to send asylum seekers outside Europe while their applications are reviewed.

Source: Washington Post


Putin bans comparisons of the USSR to Nazi Germany

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law banning to publicly compare the goals and actions of the USSR with those of Nazi Germany in World War II, as well as to deny the decisive role of the Soviet people in the victory over fascism. The changes were made to the law "On Commemoration of the Victory of the Soviet People in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945".

Source: Kommersant


Slovenian voters reject changing water protection law

Slovenian voters overwhelmingly rejected changes to the country’s water management law. According to a near-complete count of ballots released by election authorities, about 86.5% of people voted against the amendments approved by Prime Minister Janez Jansa’s government that ecologists claimed threaten the environment and water quality.

Source: AP News


Spain legalises euthanasia and assisted suicide

Spain has joined a handful of countries where terminally or seriously ill people can end their lives legally, provided they fulfill certain criteria and get doctors' approval. The reform came after years of campaigning by supporters.

Source: DW


Venice Commission Considers that Russia’s ‘Foreign Agent’ Amendments ‘Seriously Violate’ Human Rights

The Venice Commission, a Council of Europe legal advisory body composed of independent experts in the field of constitutional law, has sharply criticised recent Russian amendments to laws regulating so-called ‘'foreign agents," saying they constitute “serious violations” of basic human rights and will have a “chilling effect” on political life.

Source: RFE/RL


Belarusian authorities raid Nasha Niva newsroom, block website, and arrest journalists

On July 8, police raided the newsroom of the prominent online newspaper Nasha Niva and the homes of its journalists. Officers detained editor-in-chief Yahor Martsinovich and several Nasha Niva journalists have been unable to reach colleagues. Earlier in the day, the Belarusian Information Ministry said the news outlet’s website had been blocked.

Source: Meduza