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Open Letter Calls for Belgium to Track COVID-19 Not its Citizens

An initiative of the Belgium League of Human Rights (LDH) has brought together more than 300 public figures who have signed an open letter to the Parliament and political leaders to raise concerns about the implementation of a COVID-19 tracing system.
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Coronavirus Pandemic Causes Emergency in Spanish Courts

The health emergency caused by COVID-19 has provoked a terrible crisis in the administration of justice in Spain with broad consequences for lawyers, judges and people standing trail.

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Iranian Student Accused of Breaching Quarantine to be Expelled from Hungary

Iranian twins, both medical students, were accused of breaching quarantine rules. Although criminal proceedings have been dropped, one of them is to be deported and HCLU is now helping her.
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Poles Are Entitled to a Free & Fair Election, and the EU Could Help Them Get It

The ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party is desperate to have its presidential candidate re-elected. They've weighted the game in their favour and now want to force Poles to vote in the middle of a pandemic. But the EU could step in and offer voters hope.
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Spain: The State of Alarm Cannot Limit the Rights of Detainees

We must not forget that the rights of people in detention, which are recognized in the Criminal Procedure Act, are still in force and cannot be restricted in any way as a result of the state of alarm.
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Commission Has Clear Legal Grounds to Pursue Hungary to Protect Free Speech and Privacy

As Orban continues his assault on rights and freedoms, we urge the Commission to use the tools it has to protect the rights to free speech and personal data.

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Rights Protection by the EU

215 articles

LDH Open Letter: Coronavirus Powers Must Comply With the Rule of Law

As Parliament is about to grant special powers to the government, the Belgium League of Human Rights (LDH) has sent an open letter to MPs and to the government to recall that respect for Human rights and the rule of law is vital.

Calls For Newly Elected Government to Repeal the So-Called 'Gag Law'

Emergency measures put in place to combat the Coronavirus
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Freedoms of NGOs

91 articles

Slovenia: New Government Restricts Rights of Environmental Groups

The new government has restricted access to public participation and justice for environmental non-governmental organisations.

Slovenia: New Government Targeting NGOs and the Media

In the first month of the third government led by SDS and Janez Janša, the Government Communication Office took a central role in targeting the usual suspects of the ruling party: Non-governmental organisations, the media and journalists.
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Changes to Italian Criminal Justice may Affect Right to a Fair Trial

The Italian government has introduced a number of changes to the way that courts are administered, including postponements and video links. These amendments are having a detrimental effect of defendants and detainees and must be strictly temporary.

Freedom of Expression

126 articles

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.

How To Talk About Human Rights During Covid-19

This guide offers suggestions on how to frame human rights when speaking about measures that authorities are taking (or failing to take) to halt the spread and minimise the impact of coronavirus.
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The End of Mass Surveillance: German Constitutional Court Strengthens Basic Rights Abroad

Civil rights and liberties extend beyond borders: Germany’s highest Constitutional Court declares that the Federal Intelligence Service’s practice of worldwide mass surveillance is unconstitutional.

Privacy and Surveillance

82 articles

Call Centers or Contact Tracing Apps: Belgium's Unenviable Choice

The Belgium League of Human Rights (LDH), Liga voor Mensenrechten and the International federation for Human Rights (FIDH) have raised concerns about the contact tracking system being implemented by the federal government in the context of the pandemic.

Joint Letter: Hungarian Government Decision To Limit GPDR Disproportionate and Unjustified

Liberties, the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union, and Access Now recommend that the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) ask the EU Commission to launch an infringement procedure against Hungary.
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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.

Asylum and Migration

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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.

#GrowYourCommunity

Liberties is exploring the concept of inclusion and caring communities with a new video series. The series features newcomers to Germany who, thanks to support from their communities, have started their own businesses.
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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.