03/02/2020

EU demands access to UK waters in order to sign trade deal

The European Union will link any access to its market for British products directly to the access that EU boats will be given to U.K. waters, the bloc’s chief negotiator said.

Source: AP

03/02/2020

Russia’s share of European Human Rights cases hits 7-year high

Russia remains the runaway leader in the number of pending cases among the 47 member states that fall under the court’s jurisdiction, according to ECHR data. Russia last year accounted for 15,050 out of a total of 59,800 pending cases in the Strasbourg-based court, or one-quarter of all applications.

Source: The Moscow Times

11/02/2020

Welfare surveillance system violates human rights, Dutch court rules

Dutch court has ruled that an automated surveillance system for detecting welfare fraud should be immediately halted because it violates human rights. As governments around the world increasingly use artificial intelligence and risk modelling to administer welfare benefits and other essential services, the decision in the Netherlands could set a strong legal precedent and inspire the filing of similar cases and a reevaluation of digital welfare systems.

Source: The Guardian

11/02/2020

Greece passes new law to better monitor NGOs dealing with migration

A new law creating a special registry for non-governmental organisations, their employees and partners has been adopted in Greece. The bill is designed to help the government regulate and control actors involved in the migration crisis management, including the actors’ activities.

Source: Euractiv

11/02/2020

Russia jails members of ‘non-existent’ terror group Set

In the city of Penza, seven Russian anarchists and anti-fascist activists have been sentenced to between six and 18 years in penal colonies for allegedly planning terrorist attacks. Human rights groups and lawyers argue that the charges have been fabricated and accuse authorities of torturing the seven men into confessing.

Source: BBC

11/02/2020

Finland to give dads same parental leave as mums

The new government in Finland has announced a reform of family benefits that aims to give all parents the same parental leave, in an attempt to get fathers to spend more time with their children. Paid allowance would be increased to a combined 14 months, meaning 164 days of parental leave for each parent, and pregnant women would receive an additional month’s allowance.

Source: BBC

11/02/2020

Poland adopts controversial judicial law

Polish President Andrzej Duda has signed into law divisive legislation that allows judges to be punished for questioning and criticising the national judicial system. Judges can now be made to pay fines, be demoted or fired if they go against the authority of other judges or courts. The European Commission is going to analyse whether the Polish law complies with EU law.

Source: Deutsche Welle

13/02/2020

The Future of Human Rights and the Council of Europe: The Need for a Reset

The EU-Russia Legal Dialogue symposium was held in Berlin on October 31–November 2, 2019. Its theme was “The Role of Civil Society in the Council of Europe: Strengthening Mechanisms to Address Current Challenges in Human Rights and the Rule of Law.” Lawyers and representatives of NGOs discussed how to interact with the Council of Europe in the current political conjuncture.
18/02/2020

Cyprus’ plan to strip citizenship to golden passport holders stalls in legal vacuum

A lucrative citizenship for investment scheme run by Cyprus has been under scrutiny both in Cyprus and abroad after the disclosure that some of the beneficiaries were high-ranking officials from foreign countries. In recent years, more than 3,500 people have gained citizenship under this scheme.

Source: Euractiv