22/05/2018

EU demands action by Poland’s government to protect rule of law

The commission is demanding that Poland remove the discretionary power of its president, Andrzej Duda, to prolong the mandate of supreme court judges, and abandon the extraordinary appeal procedure, which includes a power to reopen final judgments made years earlier.
Source: theguardian.com
29/05/2018

Petersburg lawyers go to Constitutional Court and the ECHR to challenge the restrictions on rallies during the World Cup

Due to the "Law on the hosting of the World Cup" and the presidential decree "On strengthened security measures" special restrictions on holding rallies are imposed in the cities that host the World Cup.
Source: echo.msk.ru
29/05/2018

EU Commission plans ban on plastic waste

The European Commission proposed new EU-wide rules aimed at reducing plastic pollution in cities and oceans by banning several plastic products. Single-use plastic objects and fishing gear accounts for 70 percent of trash in the ocean and the move towards "innovative alternatives" could create some 30,000 jobs.
Source: dw.com
29/05/2018

Swedish law now recognizes sex without consent as rape

It is the first law in the country that acknowledges sex without explicit consent as rape, a move lawmakers say is “based on the obvious.” With the passage of the law, Sweden became the 10th country in Western Europe to recognize nonconsensual sex as rape.
Source: nytimes.com
29/05/2018

Europe’s new privacy rules took effect May 25

The General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, is the largest overhaul of the region’s rules in more than 20 years. It’s aimed at giving the Continent’s more than 500 million citizens greater control over how their digital information is used by companies and governments.
Source: politico.eu
29/05/2018

Ireland votes to end abortion ban

Ireland voted decisively to repeal one of the world’s more restrictive abortion bans, sweeping aside generations of conservative patriarchy and dealing the latest in a series of stinging rebukes to the Roman Catholic Church.
Source: nytimes.com
02/06/2018

Veiled Extremism

One year after the ban on Jehowa’s Witnesses in Russia individual members are facing criminal prosecutions, with some of them detained
05/06/2018

Denmark bans full-face veils in public from August 1

Danish lawmakers have passed a ban on wearing items of clothing in public that conceal the face, which includes some forms of Islamic dress. The government says, however, that the law is not aimed at religions.
Source: dw.com
05/06/2018

Europe rights court finds Lithuania and Romania complicit in CIA torture program

The European Court of Human Rights found that Lithuania and Romania had violated articles of the European Convention on Human Rights by allowing secret CIA prisons.
Source: jurist.org