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12/04/2021

How eliminating private prosecution will help domestic violence victims in Russia

Russia’s Supreme Court has submitted a draft law to the State Duma on eliminating so-called “private prosecution,” wherein criminal proceedings are launched by victims, who are then expected to gather evidence and lay charges in the case themselves.

Source: Meduza

12/04/2021

Belgian law to be updated with gender-neutral language

Belgium’s civil code, which dates back to the Napoleonic era, is getting a modern update to switch to more gender-neutral language.

Source: Brussels Times

12/04/2021

Italy ends censorship of films on moral and religious grounds

Italy’s censorship law from 1914 felled some giants of the silver screen – including Last Tango in Paris – but now faces its own curtain call: filmmakers will classify their own movies based on the age of the audience, instead on moral and religious grounds.

Source: The Guardian

07/04/2021

Human rights ‘non-negotiable’, EU officials tell Erdogan in Turkey

Top EU officials stated that they used a meeting with Turkish President Erdogan to insist that any moves to improve EU-Turkey relations would be conditional on Ankara improving its record on human rights and the rule of law.

Source: France24

07/04/2021

Court orders Belgium to end coronavirus measures due to insufficient legal basis

A Belgian court has ordered the federal government to end all its coronavirus measures within 30 days because it failed to establish a proper legal basis for them, local media reported.

Source: Politico

07/04/2021

Greece makes fresh WWII reparation claims from Germany

The government in Athens has revived its demand for talks with Germany on wartime reparations just ahead of the 80th anniversary of the invasion of Greece by German troops in World War II.

Source: DW

07/04/2021

EU takes Poland to court over law that ‘undermines judges’

The European Commission has said it is taking Poland to the bloc’s highest court over a legal change it alleges undermines judges’ independence and prevents them applying EU law, drawing an instant and defiant response from Warsaw.

Source: The Guardian

07/04/2021

Putin signs legislation bringing ‘educational activities’ under state control

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed legislation that introduces the concept of “educational activities” and brings these activities under state control. The amendments provoked backlash from the academic community, as well as those involved in popular education initiatives.

Source: Meduza

30/03/2021

Belarus opens terrorism case against exiled opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya

The Belarusian Attorney General’s Office has opened a criminal case against exiled opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya for allegedly preparing terrorist acts. Former Belarusian law enforcement officers belonging to Warsaw-based organization ByPol have also been charged in the case.

Source: Meduza

30/03/2021

Civil rights groups urge EU lawmakers to rebuff online terrorist content law

EU lawmakers should reject a proposed law that forces Google, Facebook and Twitter to remove terrorist content within an hour of publication because of the risks to fundamental rights, says in a statement signed by 61 civil rights groups.

Source: Reuters

30/03/2021

Fighting corruption: Germany gets a ‘lobby register’

Scandals surrounding parliamentarians who profited brokering COVID mask deals have sped up the passing of a law requiring lobbyists to make their influence more transparent.

Source: DW

30/03/2021

Poles in legal jeopardy for insulting President Duda

Poland’s controversial law criminalizing disparaging comments about the head of state is under fire after prosecutors filed charges against a writer who called President Andrzej Duda a “moron” in a Facebook post, and against three teens who shouted vulgarities about Duda during a drunken party.

Source: Politico