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09/07/2019

Sweden Smoking Ban Brings Smoke-Free Scandinavia A Step Closer

Smoking in Swedish bars and restaurants has been banned since 2005. Now the Scandinavian nation has introduced new laws limiting smoking in public places. From July 1, Swedes are not permitted to smoke in playgrounds, railway stations, and in outdoor sections of restaurants and bars.
Source: forbes.com

09/07/2019

Hungary’s Government Has Passed a Law Allowing the State to Tighten its Control Over Scientific Research Bodies

The law strips the 200-year-old Hungarian Academy of Sciences of its network of 15 research bodies and hands them over to a committee. The committee’s chairman will be appointed by Hungarian PM Viktor Orban and half of its members will be selected by the government. Source: independent.co.uk

02/07/2019

Rescue Ship Captain Arrested for Breaking Italian Blockade

The captain of a rescue ship carrying 40 people has been arrested for breaking an Italian naval blockade that was trying to stop her from docking the vessel in Lampedusa.
Source: theguardian.com
02/07/2019

Survey: Nearly One Third of Russians Considers Torture by Police Acceptable

Analytical Centre “Levada” has found out that almost one third of Russian people considers torture acceptable, and every tenth respondent experienced torture at least once.
Source: bbc.com
02/07/2019

In Legal First, Court Faults France Over Air Pollution

A court on Tuesday (25 June) found the French state had failed to take sufficient steps to limit air pollution around Paris, a legal first in the country hailed by environmental campaigners as a victory for victims of dirty air.
Source: euractiv.com
02/07/2019

Russian Independent Media Publish Investigation Linked to Journalist’s Arrest

Russia’s leading independent media have coordinated to publish journalist Ivan Golunov’s investigation into Moscow’s funeral mafia that his colleagues say was tied to his shock arrest last month.
Source: themoscowtimes.com
02/07/2019

Germany Toughens Citizenship Laws for Terrorists and Polygamists

The German parliament has revised the Nationality Act to make it tougher on those joining foreign terrorist groups, polygamists and naturalized citizens who committed fraud to gain citizenship.
Source: dw.com
25/06/2019

ILO Adopts Treaty Designed to Establish Global Standards on Workplace Violence and Harassment

The convention, which is the first of its kind and will be binding on governments that ratify it, will require states to develop national laws prohibiting workplace violence and provide protection measures and victim services to combat potential retaliation.
  Source: theguardian.com
25/06/2019

250,000 People Attend Prague Protest Calling for Resignation of PM Andrej Babis

Hundreds of thousands of protesters have taken to the streets of Prague demanding that PM Andrej Babis resign on Sunday. Organisers say about 250,000 people attended the rally. It is said to be the largest protest since the fall of communism in 1989.
  Source: radio.cz
25/06/2019

Freed Russian Rights Advocate Says He Won’t Return to Job in Chechnya

A prominent Russian human rights advocate jailed on charges his supporters say were trumped up walked free on Friday, but said he would not return to his work in Chechnya because he felt the risk to his staff there would be too great.
  Source: reuters.com
25/06/2019

PACE Restores Russia’s Voting Rights

Russia has received backing from the Council of Europe's assembly to return to the body. Moscow had its voting rights suspended five years ago over the illegal annexation of the Crimean Peninsula.
  Source: dw.com
25/06/2019

Berlin Backs Five-year Rent Freeze Amid Housing Pressure

Rents have risen sharply in the city and there have been rallies urging the authorities to keep housing affordable. Berlin rents rose by 7% in the first quarter of this year, and in the past decade rents have doubled. The plan is expected to become law in January.
  Source: bbc.com