Whistleblower protection: European Commission sets new, EU-wide rules

The new law will guarantee a high level of protection for whistleblowers who report breaches of EU law. It will establish safe channels for reporting both within an organisation and to public authorities. It will also protect whistleblowers against dismissal, demotion and other forms of retaliation, press-release says.

France approves controversial immigration bill

The bill shortens asylum application deadlines, doubles the time for which illegal migrants can be detained, and introduces a one-year prison sentence for entering France illegally.

Belgian PM: EU needs ‘peer review’ system on rule of law

In a speech before the European Parliament about the future of Europe — in which he also talked about digital tax, the bloc’s budget and regional policy — Michel proposed that each country submit itself to a review of its adherence to rule of law standards by fellow EU members.
Source: politico.eu

Scotland to debate policy that may force rape victims to testify

The row over new prosecution guidelines that would compel rape complainants to give evidence in court is to be debated in the Scottish parliament, as campaigners say the policy will have a “chilling effect” on women coming forward to report sexual violence.
Source: theguardian.com

Windrush scandal in UK: lawyers prepare compensation claims

The threat of legal action comes as the Home Office develops an official redress scheme that it hopes will be seen as sufficiently generous to prevent cases coming to court.
Source: theguardian.com

Russia’s federal censor blocks another LGBT website for spreading ‘gay propaganda’

The site’s administrators say they received a notice from Roskomnadzor on April 28 informing them about a January 26 ruling by a district court in the Altai Territory to block Parni Plus for distributing information that “challenges family values” and “propagates non-traditional sexual relations.”
Source: meduza.io

Austria accused of undermining new EU data law

Austria's governing conservative OVP and far-right FPO parties passed a law last month that critics have said complicates enforcement of new EU-wide data protection rules set for an end of May launch.
Source: euobserver.com

The Right to Abortion is a Right to Social Justice

As Ireland votes in a referendum, Legal Dialogue talks to Rebecca Gomperts, a medical doctor and human rights activist who has shifted the discussion on abortion rights not only in Ireland.

Amnesty criticizes UK gangs matrix as discriminatory

London's Metropolitan Police Gangs Violence Matrix discriminates based on race and violates individuals' privacy, according to an Amnesty International UK report published Wednesday, titled Trapped in the Matrix.