UK judge allows dissolution of religious marriage

A judge in the UK’s high court ruled that there were grounds for a dissolution of a religious marriage that was not recognized by British law.
Source: jurist.org

The Guardian view on legal aid: cuts have caused chaos and must be reversed

Barristers and solicitors protesting about cuts don’t attract the same level of public support as doctors and nurses. What goes on in the courts is not widely understood, and most people do not expect to need a publicly funded lawyer in the way that they rely on hospitals. Nevertheless, access to justice is a fundamental democratic right, and the chaos and failure unfolding across the legal system as the result of cuts should concern everyone who cares about justice.
Source: www.theguardian.com

Beaten, not broken: the Russian ex-inmate covering the torture trial of former jailers

Former inmate Ruslan Vakhapov has turned activist, and said he had come to report from one of Russia’s most important prison torture cases in the past decade.  His testimony to the Public Verdict Foundation, a Russian human rights NGO, about the brutality meted out inside the prison was later backed up by a 10-minute video of an inmate, Evgeny Makarov, being slowly beaten unconsciousness.
Source: theguardian.com

France to introduce plastic packaging tax

Products that don't use recycled plastic will cost 10 percent more in the future, according to a government plan. The proposed initiative is one part of a series of measures to get the country to recycle all its plastic.
Source: dw.com

Gender studies programs to be banned in Hungary

The Orbán regime introduced legislation to shut down accredited gender studies programs offered by universities in Hungary. The ban will primarily impact students at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest (ELTE)–the only institution in Hungary, other than Central European University, to offer gender studies at the graduate level, and the only one to provide this program in Hungarian.
Source: hungarianfreepress.com

“Violence is usually revealed only after the woman is murdered”

We interviewed two women lawyers who litigate domestic violence cases and defend other rights of women living in the North Caucasus.

EU court to hear citizens’ climate case against EU

The European General Court accepted the case dubbed the 'People's Climate Case'. In this case EU citizens demand that the court annuls three climate-related laws adopted by the European Parliament and the Council of the EU: a directive on the EU's emissions trading system (ETS); a regulation on greenhouse gas emission reductions in sectors not covered by the ETS like agriculture and transport; and a regulation that governs how land and forest management is counted as neutralising emissions.
Source: euobserver.com

Polish President vetoes change to European election rules

Polish President Andrzej Duda on Thursday refused to sign into law a change to the way the country elects members of the European Parliament, which critics say would have squeezed out all but the largest parties.
Source: politico.eu

Turkish court releases local Amnesty International head

A Turkish court has released Taner Kilic, the local honorary chairman of Amnesty International, from prison. Kilic, who has been in jail for a year as his trial continued, was charged with supporting a U.S.-based cleric whom Ankara blames for a July 2016 failed coup.
Source: www.reuters.com