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25/01/2022

Less than 20% conviction rate in domestic violence cases before Dublin courts

In 2019 and 2020, less than one in five people accused of a domestic violence offence were convicted and strike out/withdrawal applications were made in 65 per cent of cases, significantly more than other types of offences.


Source: Irishtimes

25/01/2022

Spain grants monthly aid to lure youths out of parents’ homes

250 euros a month will be paid by the Spanish government to low-income youths to help them pay a rent and leave their parents‘ house given the large number of young adults in the country who cannot afford to move out.


Source: Reuters 

25/01/2022

EU leaders must pay attention to threatened civic freedoms in Slovenia

Janez Janša and his far-right party (SDS) have repeatedly targeted the civic freedoms he previously defended. In June 2021, the country was placed on the CIVICUS Monitor Watchlist because of the rapid deterioration in civic freedoms, in particular those about environmental rights and culture. Independent journalism is also seriously undermined.


Source: euronews

25/01/2022

Human rights group Gulagu.net releases video evidencing abuse in Omsk prisons

A video evidencing the abuse of inmates in prisons in Russia’s Omsk region has been released by Gulagu.net. It was obtained from the Omsk regional branch of the Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) and shows the quarantine cells for new arrivals and the way the inmates were abused and forced to work on weekends under threat of torture.


Source: meduza

25/01/2022

Poland and Hungary go hard on Belarus migrants

Poland wants the EU to approve the restriction of people's right to asylum if they enter from Belarus, among other "emergency" measures. Poland tried to add to an EU Commission proposal an article which may allow making asylum applications for people who illegally crossed the border with Belarus only at designated border crossing points.


Source: EUobserver 

17/01/2022

Bulgaria’s surveillance laws violate European human rights code, court rules

The ruling comes amid growing backlash over secret surveillance in Bulgaria. A lack of regulations in Bulgarian law has led to a situation where data "could be used for nefarious purposes," the court said.

Source: DW

17/01/2022

Activists behind Shell climate verdict target 30 multinationals

The Dutch wing of environmental group Friends of the Earth, which won a landmark court case against Royal Dutch Shell last year, demanded 30 corporations publish plans for big cuts in greenhouse gas emissions.

Source: Reuters

17/01/2022

Russia has started issuing ‘non-citizen passports’

According to the Interior Ministry, there are an estimated 4,500 stateless persons living in Russia today. Each of these people are eligible for a green “Temporary identity card of a stateless person in the Russian Federation.” Authorities in Moscow began issuing “non-citizen passports” in December 2021. Other Russian regions began issuing these identity documents even earlier, with roughly 600 people obtaining them last year.

Source: Meduza

17/01/2022

German court finds Syrian colonel guilty of crimes against humanity

A German court has sentenced a Syrian colonel to life in prison for crimes against humanity. Anwar Raslan, 58, was linked to the torture of over 4,000 people in Syria's civil war in a jail known as "Hell on Earth". The trial in Koblenz is the world's first criminal case brought over state-led torture in Syria.

Source: BBC

17/01/2022

Language law for national print media comes into force in Ukraine

A language law came into force in Ukraine on 16 January that requires all national print media to be published in the country’s official language, Ukrainian, in a bid to push back against the use of the Russian language in the public sphere.

Source: Radio Liberty

14/12/2021

Legal challenge seeks to end UK’s jailing of asylum seekers who steer boats

The UK government is facing a major legal challenge against its policy of prosecuting asylum seekers who steer boats across the Channel under smuggling laws. Despite this guidance advising that passengers – even those who take a turn steering – are potentially vulnerable asylum seekers who should not be prosecuted, prosecutions have continued. Lawyers for several individuals jailed on smuggling charges will put their cases at the court of appeal, arguing that they were attempting to be rescued at sea so they could claim asylum.

Source: The Guardian

14/12/2021

ECHR finds Azerbaijan guilty of unlawful refusal to provide access to public-interest information

For the first time, the European Court of Human Rights recognised the violation of the right to information in Azerbaijan. The Azerbaijani government was once again ordered to pay compensation to the plaintiff. The victim was a journalist who tried to find out the results of the work of the state commission and assess harm caused to the local environment and population by a radar station.

Source: Jam News