Fight, Hide, Unite — where and why?

Shrinking space for civil society in Eastern Europe and Central Asia and, since recently, in some Central European countries, has been especially harmful for NGOs working on unpopular issues. AFEW International, a regional humanitarian network, told Legal Dialogue Journal about its findings in how NGOs working with drug users and HIV prevention have been coping with this increasing pressure.

Belgium: Burkini ban in two Ghent swimming pools overturned by judge

Two swimming pools in the Ghent area where a burkini ban applied, need to change the rules and allow the burkini after all. In a reaction, the city of Ghent said that it supports the ruling, and that it wants to allow body-covering suits in all pools.
Source: vrt.be

Russian lawmakers pass the first reading of legislation to raise the country’s retirement age

Despite calls from some minority-party deputies, the State Duma voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to adopt the first reading of controversial legislation that would raise Russia’s retirement age. The final vote tally was 328 in favor and 104 opposed.
Source: meduza.io

Portugal passes law easing sex change

From now on people over the age of 16 in Portugal can change their name and gender without a medical diagnosis certifying a gender identity disorder. However, up to the age of 18 they must present a medical report on their decision-making ability.
Source: eurotopics.net

ECHR condemns Pussy Riot and Anna Politkovskaya cases

It said Russia had violated five articles of the human rights convention in its arrest and conviction of Pussy Riot members in 2012. Separately, the ECHR also heavily criticised the investigation into journalist Anna Politkovskaya's murder.
Source: bbc.co.uk

Six people were detained in the case of torture in the Yaroslavl prison

On July 20, Novaya Gazeta published a 10-minute video of the torture of prisoner Yevgeny Makarov in Yaroslavl colony No. 1. The video was filmed a year ago — on June 29, 2017 — on the DVR of one of the FSIN employees. The lawyer who published a videotape of torture had to flee Russia because of threats.
Source: meduza.io

Russia promises to punish the perpetrators of torture in prisons at the UN

Russia will prosecute the perpetrators of torture in prisons, including the guards who appeared in the video where they beat the prisoner. Such promises were made on Thursday by Deputy Minister of Justice Mikhail Galperin at a meeting in the UN Committee against Torture.
Source: currenttime.tv

Is European justice too lax on rape?

European courts have repeatedly handed down sentences to sex offenders that the public considers too lenient. Commentators have focused recently on cases in Spain and Turkey. They call for the offenders to receive just punishment rather than being given lenient sentences on the grounds of extenuating circumstances.
Source: eurotopics.net

UK judges no longer required to rule on removing life-support

Judges will no longer need to be consulted when doctors and relatives of patients in a vegetative or minimally conscious state agree life-support treatment should end.
Source: theguardian.com