Doctors launch legal challenge to UK government over protective kit

Two British doctors who have been exposed to COVID-19 patients have launched a legal challenge against the government over what they say is a lack of protective kit and unclear guidance on when and how it should be used.

Source: Reuters


Standing Up for the Rights of Women Living with HIV: Common Challenges

More than one million people currently live with HIV in Russia. Having long moved beyond the so-called risk groups, the virus is rapidly spreading in the general population. However, with the right treatment, HIV is a chronic manageable disease which cannot be transmitted via casual contact. Yet despite the increasing availability of current and accurate information about HIV, with large-scale awareness campaigns running from time to time across the country, HIV stigma and discrimination persist.

Russian Supreme Court advises against jailing people accused of minor offenses due to COVID-19 pandemic

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, the Russian Supreme Court has issued a recommendation advising judges to only detain people suspected or accused of non-serious crimes in exceptional cases.

Source: Meduza

Germany to set out rules for religious services including singing ban

Germany is to set out guidelines for holding religious services during the coronavirus pandemic with a list of strict restrictions expected to include a ban on singing.

Source: The Guardian

EU launches legal case against Poland over judicial independence

The European Commission opened a fourth legal case against Poland, for undermining judicial independence and breaching EU law, following the country’s controversial judicial reforms.

Source: New Europe

Croatian President Milanovic protests WWII Ustasha slogan

Croatian President Zoran Milanovic has walked out of a war of independence memorial event when some of the participants displayed a slogan used by the pro-Nazi Ustasha militia.

Source: DW

Malta told to invite Europol to investigate journalist murder

Media freedom watchdogs have written a letter to Malta's attorney general, demanding a joint investigation team from Europol to help with the case of murdered investigative journalist, Daphne Caruana Galizia.

Source: EU Observer

Germany passes law banning ‘gay conversion therapy’ for minors

The legislation is intended to stop groups offering the service which claims to be able to change a person's sexual orientation to under-18s.

Source: BBC

Bulgarian Court stops construction work in national park

Bulgarian Supreme Administrative Court has halted construction work and logging in the Pirin National Park — a victory for environmentalists over the authorities after a three-year legal battle.

Source: Balkaninsight