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14/10/2021

Belgium’s Jews lament ban on ritual slaughter

A ban on kosher and halal slaughter without first stunning an animal was implemented by the right-wing government together with animal-rights organisations. However, the representatives of the Jewish community not only feel the shortage of fresh kosher meal, but claim that it is also an infringement of their religious rights.

Source: Politico

14/10/2021

Danish women evacuated from Syrian camps charged with terrorism links

Three Danish women, who were evacuated by the government under the pressure of the parliament from Syrian detention camps along with their 14 children, had been charged with aiding terrorist activities and illegally travelling to and residing in conflict zones.

Source: Euronews

14/10/2021

Spain brings up the bodies of Franco’s victims

The bodies of mass grave of victims of Franco’s repressions are being brought up for a decent reburial – and are emerging into a country still bitterly divided over how to deal with the toxic legacy of the civil war and the four-decade dictatorship that followed.

Source: The Guardian

14/10/2021

Russia plans to do away with term limits for regional leaders

The Russian State Duma is set to consider a new draft law aimed at lifting the two-term limit for the heads of Russia’s regions. It will give the president more power to influence regional leaders, allowing him to reprimand them, issue warnings for poor performance, and fire them.

Source: Meduza

14/10/2021

Court rules Polish Constitution has primacy over EU laws

Poland’s constitutional court ruled that Polish laws have supremacy over those of the European Union in areas where they clash, a decision likely to embolden the country’s right-wing government and worsen its already troubled relationship with the EU.

Source: AP

05/10/2021

San Marino voters overwhelmingly back legal abortion

San Marino residents voted overwhelmingly to legalise abortion, rejecting a 150-year-old law that had criminalised it and making the tiny republic the latest majority Catholic state to approve the procedure under certain circumstances.

Source: AP

05/10/2021

France threatened with legal action over use of pesticides

The French government is being threatened with court action by two NGOs who accuse it of failing to meet its obligations to protect nature. They argue the state has allowed widespread use and marketing of pesticides that harm wildlife.

Source: The Guardian

05/10/2021

ECHR suspends human rights activist’s deportation from Russia

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled that Russia must not deport migrant rights activist Valentina Chupik to Uzbekistan. The ECHR suspended Chupik’s deportation under Rule 39, which authorises the court to take interim measures in cases where there’s an imminent risk of irreparable damage to the applicant.

Source: Meduza

05/10/2021

Ukraine’s Parliament passes bill banning anti-Semitism

Ukraine's parliament has passed a law defining anti-Semitism and banning it in the country. The legislation defines anti-Semitism as hatred of Jews, calling for or justifying attacks on the minority, making false or hateful statements about Jews, and denying the mass extermination of Jews during the Holocaust. Damaging buildings, monuments, or religious institutions would also fall under the definition of anti-Semitism.

Source: RFE

05/10/2021

«Pandora Papers» reveal financial schemes of world leaders

The new report — based on the review of nearly 12 million files obtained from 14 firms located around the world and carried out by a consortium of hundreds of journalists — found the rich and powerful have been hiding their investments in mansions, exclusive beachfront property, yachts and other assets for the past quarter of a century.

Source: Euronews

21/09/2021

Russia will continue increasing control over foreign IT-companies

Russia is ready to implement new restrictions on foreign tech-giants, including Google and Apple. Restrictions will not be limited to the obligatory opening of representative offices in Russia, but also will require removal of any materials from the platforms by the request of the authorities.

Source: Interfax-Russia

21/09/2021

European Parliament supported sanctions against Poland and Hungary for breaching of LGBTQ+ rights

MEPs voted strongly in favor of a resolution calling on the European Commission to consider sanctions against Poland and Hungary for breaching European “values” on LGBTQ+ rights as well as “measures against Poland for violating principles of non-discrimination” of LGBTQ+ people. However, the resolution is legally non-binding.

Source: Politico