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28/04/2017

Asylum Seekers’ Access to Healthcare. Romanian and EU reflections

*This text is an answer to the question of Pascal Detzler “How is Healthcare for Asylum Seekers Regulated in the EU and in Russia?” Introduction […]
28/04/2017

Life in Crimea: Political Repression, Militarisation, Lawlessness and Censorship

Since the annexation of Crimea in 2014, the peninsula has faced a difficult situation. Russian authorities have pursued a repressive policy against the locals: […]
26/04/2017

Chechen Refugees in Europe: Reasons Why They Flee Russia and Asylum Problems  

On 6 September 2016, a branch of Human Constanta, a Belarus-based human rights group, was opened in Brest to help refugees, mostly from Chechnya, […]
26/04/2017

Igor Kochetkov: “We Must Rescue All Those We Can Rescue and Help Them Leave Russia”

Igor Kochetkov, Russian LGBT-activist and chairman of the LGBT-Network, talks about the mass persecution of gay people in Chechnya, their possible evacuation from the […]
25/04/2017

Carmen Pombo: “The Task Facing the Legal Community Today Is to Effect Change in the World”

The Fernando Pombo Foundation (Spain) in collaboration with the nation’s universities has launched an innovative multi-purpose project Multiplícate that seeks to involve law students […]
23/04/2017

Ukrainian ‘Drug Couriers’ in Russian Prisons. Difficulties in Helping Victims of Human Trafficking

The activities of two criminal groups engaged in human trafficking were halted by the efforts of victims’ parents with the help of human and […]
19/04/2017

Hungarian Authorities Try to Close the Central European University

The status of non-governmental organisations and human rights watchdogs in Hungary will worsen in the near future. In mid-May 2017 the government will vote […]
19/04/2017

How Do We Know the Number of People Detained during the Anti-Corruption Protests and Who They Are

Police arrested hundreds of people after anti-corruption protests swept across Russia on 26 March 2017. In Vladivostok alone 26 people were taken into custody […]
12/04/2017

Freedom of Assembly in Russia in 2016. Review of Legislation and Law Enforcement

Criminalisation of the protest continues in Russia: the legislation is moving towards the creation of lists of the undesirable and the unreliable, which, probably, […]
07/04/2017

Restrictions on Live Broadcasting Trials in Media Signed into Law in Russia

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin signed a law on March 28 restricting video, audio and online broadcasts of trials in the media – from now […]
21/02/2017

Russia’s Supreme Court Upholds Constitutional Court Ruling, Frees Prisoner Convicted for Protesting

Criminal conviction and jail time for violating protest regulations can apply only to protesters who pose real threat to other people’s lives or property, […]
31/01/2017

Human Rights and Businesses: on the Difficulty of Doing the Right Thing Well

I have an entrepreneurial friend in Spain who owns a successful business, making children’s clothes and selling them online. She has hired two seamstresses […]
16/10/2017

Mental Health Law: International Legal Standards and Human Rights

1. Introduction We have dedicated our work to supporting the rule of law by assisting human rights defenders and their lawyers. Experience has taught […]
18/10/2017

Romanian Rules Regarding the Expulsion or Deportation of Foreign Offenders

*This text is an answer to the question from Valentin Gefter “How Does National and International Law Protect Foreign Offenders?” In the context of […]
06/11/2017

‘Torture’ in Criminal Law: Legal Norms and Standards of Judicial Review

Intentional excessive suffering which an individual experiences against their will and cannot independently stop… (a definition of ‘torture’) The epigraph above does not sound […]
07/11/2017

From Caucasus to Bialowieza: Russian and Polish Civil Society Fighting for World Heritage

In July 2017, Krakow hosted the 41st session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee. This year, the high-profile event was characterised, on one hand, […]
09/11/2017

“Not everyone is able to pay a lawyer 600 euros for a 100 euro claim”

The Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation (MoJ) has published a new draft of the Concept for the Regulation of the Professional Legal […]
14/11/2017

Malte Spitz: ‘In the Digital Era, Everyone Should Be in Control of Their Data’

Gesellschaft für Freiheitsrechte (Society for Civil Rights) is one of the first European NGOs to use strategic litigation in the area of human and […]
07/12/2017

Romania: legal reform shifts social costs to the Romania’s workers

The government has passed a reform that will put the burden of paying social costs on employees.
Source: euro|topics 
07/12/2017

Germany: the country has recognized “third gender”

Germany's top court required parliament to legally recognize a "third gender" from birth, potentially making it the first European country to offer intersex people the option of identifying as neither male nor female.
Source: thelocal.de 
13/12/2017

Defend a Defender: Ensuring Human Rights Protection for the Brave

On September 15 2017, the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR) released “The Responsibility of States: Protection of Human Rights Defenders […]