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European Democracy Action Plan: A Comprehensive Plan to Innovate Democracy in Europe

The comprehensive paper brings together contributions and recommendations from a wide range of 48 civil organisations, including Liberties.EU.
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EU-Wide Mass Surveillance to Be Challenged at the CJEU

Under a European Directive, EU governments collect sensitive data of air passengers. Liberties member the Society for Civil Rights is taking legal action against this mass surveillance, which has now reached the Court of Justice of the European Union.

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European Court of Human Rights Taking Rule of Law in Poland More Seriously

The Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights has published a report on rule of law cases brought against Poland before the European Court of Human Rights.
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Rights Protection by the EU

231 articles

Students Occupy Campus to Block Government's Takeover in Hungary

What do Cate Blanchett, Salman Rushdie, Helen Mirren and Cuba Gooding Jr. have in common?

Czech PM: EU Must Encourage Belarusians Not to Fear Own 'Velvet Revolution'

Usually careful in his statements that concern Eastern Europe, Andrej Babiš has recently become far more outspoken amid continuing protests in Belarus.
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Freedoms of NGOs

99 articles

Catalan Independence Leaders Targeted By Spyware

Catalan independence campaigners are suspected to have been targeted by government services using spyware, which is allegedly only sold to governments for the purpose of surveilling criminals and terrorists.

Romania: Attempts To Ban Gender Studies In Education

Georgiana Gheorghe, executive director of APADOR-CH, expressed her deep concern regarding the lack of clarity surrounding the law on preventing and combating money laundering and terrorist financing, as previously reported by the Monitor.
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Czech Law Leaves Children Accused of Crimes Without Legal Protections

Children under the age of criminal responsibility cannot be convicted and punished for their delinquent behaviour. However, the acts they commit require a reaction. Are the rights of children under 15 years of age sufficiently safeguarded?

Freedom of Expression

128 articles

EHRC Supporting Student Accused of Defamation by Estonian Radio Provocateur

An Estonian university student created a petition calling for the host to be fired for hateful language towards minorities, with the host responding by suing for defamation.

Two People in Hungary Detained for Their Political Views

Hungarian police detained two people for posting their views on Facebook after Viktor Orbán's government passed a law restricting the rules on spreading fake news, claiming it was necessary to protect against the pandemic.
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Copyright Directive Draft Guidance Could Lead to Rights Violations, NGOs Warn

Digital and civil rights groups have sent a letter to the European Commissioner for Internal Market warning that draft guidance on Article 17 of the Copyright Directive could lead to limits on free speech and the right to receive information.

Privacy and Surveillance

85 articles

​NGOs Urge Default Transparency in Online Political Advertising

Civil society organisations push for full transparency of political ads online to avoid misleading and disguised ads, which can easily distort political preferences.

Quiz: What Do You Know About Tracing Apps?

Coronavirus contact-tracing apps are being launched across Europe. Do you know more about the app than it knows about you?
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Chechen Refugees Unlawfully Refused Entry to Poland, Rules ECtHR

Chechen asylum seekers, who had repeatedly been refused an opportunity to file applications for international protection by the Polish Border Guard, have successfully challenged Poland at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

Asylum and Migration

146 articles

The New Asylum and Migration Pact: An Opportunity Seized, or Squandered?

After years of treating asylum and migration in crisis mode, we believe the proposed Pact on Asylum and Migration is an opportunity for the EU and its member states to change direction.

Racism in a Pandemic

The UN established 21 March as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. This year, the media is in thrall to a pandemic that is ravaging the world and occupying the centre of social interest.
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Belgium: Right To International Protection for Refugees Undermined by ECtHR

In a case involving Belgium's refusal to grant humanitarian visas to a Syrian family, the European Court of Human Rights stated that Belgium was not obliged to comply with the European Convention of Human Rights as the family applied outside of Belgium.