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Are Schengen Border Controls the New Norm?

Many young Europeans take the freedom to travel through much of the Union without having to pass border checks for granted. With the reintroduction of “temporary” border controls, this privilege may be coming to an end.
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Lithuanian Report: Fight Against Gender Violence Needs To Be Stepped Up

For the first time since it's inception, the Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson's Office has presented an independent report on women's rights in Lithuania to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (UN CEDAW).

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Legal Action Could Put an End to Sharing of Passenger Data

The Society for Civil Rights (GFF) and epicenter.works are taking legal action with the aim of having the European PNR Directive overturned by the European Court of Justice (ECJ).
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#Vote4Values: What if the UK Takes Part in the European Parliament Elections?

Are you curious about what the European Parliament will look like with the UK taking part in elections? Here's how things will look if we still have MEPs from the UK after the election.
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Media Freedom Crisis in Estonia as Two Journalists Quit

Debate surrounding media freedom and freedom of expression is escalating in Estonia in response to the press and other media supporting the new governing coalition, which includes far right right Estonian Conservative People's Party.

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Rights Protection by the EU

160 articles

Salvini Pushes Draconian Drugs Law

A new draft law has been proposed by the League and submitted by the Interior Minister Matteo Salvini with the aim of tightening sanctions for using and selling soft drugs.

Roma People in Italy: Report Lays Bare Hardships

​Associazione 21 luglio has presented its report "The margins of the margin", which details the array of difficulties and discrimination facing Roma people in Italy today.
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Freedoms of NGOs

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Hungarian Constitutional Court Abandons NGOs in Stop Soros Decision

In a ruling against a complaint submitted by Amnesty International Hungary, the Hungarian Constitutional Court has declared that Stop Soros is not unconstitutional. HCLU agrees with Amnesty that this decision means the court has abandoned civil society.

U.S. Secretary of State Meets Hungarian Civil Society Leaders

In a move that sends a clear and important message to Orban’s regime, the U.S. secretary of state requested a meeting with Hungarian human rights defenders.
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Ombudsman Reports Concerns About Detention Practices in Italy

In making his annual report to the Italian Parliament, the National Ombudsman has highlighted problem areas including migrants arbitrarily being denied rights in detention, overcrowding in prisons, and high suicide rates.

Freedom of Expression

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Hungary and Croatia Try to Silence Slovenian Media

Government connections in two of Slovenia's neighbours try to influence media reports in the country, but Slovenia reacts strongly, showing a more progressive approach to freedom of the press.

Refusal to Prosecute Author for Insulting Historical Legacy "Correct", Court Finds

The Vilnius Regional Court has found that prosecutors correctly refused to launch an investigation into Marius Ivaškevičius's novel "Žali", and that prosecuting the author for his postmodernist work was impermissible in a democracy.
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Open Letter: Copyright Working Group Must Include NGO Voices

Here is the open letter signed by Liberties and more than 40 other human and digital rights organizations calling for their inclusion in the implementation process of the EU Copyright Directive.

Privacy and Surveillance

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The Big Democracy Quiz

Get ready for our new article series on democracy with our latest quiz. Learn why democracy is a worthy thing to fight for.

Irish Government Must Do More to Protect Women Despite Abortion Victory

The introduction of long-awaited abortion services in Ireland was marred by anti-choice protests and problems with the new legislation. The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) is calling for safe zones and changes to the legislation.
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Crew of Rescue Ship Receives Human Rights Award

The crew of the rescue ship “Iuventa” from the German NGO Jugend Rettet has been honored by the Swiss Paul Grüninger Foundation with a human rights award for saving the lives of thousands of men, women and children in the central Mediterranean.

Asylum and Migration

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Croatian Police Force Migrants to Make Fascist Salute

As a group of refugees were trying to cross from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatian police officers stopped them and forced them to shout football slogans and make the salute of the fascist Ustasha regime while filming them.

EU Extends its ‘Naval’ Operation With Planes Only

The European Union has decided to extend the mandate of its naval operation by six months, suspending naval assets and relying on increased air missions and cooperation with the Libyan Coast Guard.
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The Church Stands Up for Refugee Rights

"Love thy neighbor as thyself" – the story of the Good Samaritan who helps a suffering traveller inspires us to show solidarity towards strangers. The Church has a tradition of providing shelter to those in need. Now, this tradition makes it a target.