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Sanctuary Cities Challenge Restrictive Migration Policies

While European leaders are busy closing borders, a growing number of cities have decided not to blindly accept their government’s restrictive migration policies but instead provide a sanctuary for refugees.
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#Vote4Values Tracker: Affect the EU Elections and Protect Fundamental Values

Is the party you're thinking of voting for in bed with parties from other countries that are violating basic values? If you're voting centre left, centre right or liberal, then the answer is yes.

In Focus

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Madrid: Civil Society and Police Join Forces to End Discriminatory Stops

RIS and the Open Society Justice Initiative organized a workshop in Madrid to address the implementation of an Effective Police Identification Protocol, a pilot project launched by Madrid City Council.
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Italy-Niger Agreement Made Public Thanks to Freedom of Information Law

The Italian organisations CILD, ASGI and Rete Disarmo have succeeded in their bid to be granted access to the content of an agreement concluded between Italy and Niger, despite opposition from the Italian government.
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Digital Rights Groups Call On Facebook for Transparency Over Political Ads

Ahead of the 2019 EP elections, a group of key digital rights organisations have sent an open letter to Facebook calling on the company to live up to their promise to provide more transparency around political advertising.
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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.

You React

Rights Protection by the EU

146 articles

​Rule of Law in Hungary: MEPs Call on Council to Act

Leading MEPs are calling on member states to step up in the Council against the erosion of democracy, fundamental rights and judicial independence in Hungary.

Romania Set to Embrace Corruption Like Never Before

The Romanian government's proposal to give amnesty to corrupt politicians threatens to further destabilize the rule of law and anger citizens, who are, quite frankly, getting way too much practice protesting for their rights and democracy.
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Freedoms of NGOs

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​European Parliament Votes to Better Protect Freedoms, But Council Yet to Agree

MEPs just voted on two legislative proposals that could see the EU doing more to protect our rights against encroaching authoritarians. They're both based on ideas outlined by Liberties. Here's what the votes mean and what happens next.​

Orban Visit: Croatian PM Called on To Reject Illiberal Policies of Hungary

Although the Croatian Democratic Union's MEPs recently supported Viktor Orban in the European Parliament, Prime Minister Plenković should condemn human rights violations in Hungary during Orban's visit to Zagreb.
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Study Shows EU Justice Systems Discriminate Against Ethnic Minorities

The study reports clear violations of the fundamental right to equality and non-discrimination, revealing that criminal justice systems are likely to be ineffective and unreliable when they allow different treatment for different groups.

Freedom of Expression

94 articles

Amendments to Lithuanian Law Threaten Freedom of Expression

The Lithuanian Parliament has started the new year by making fresh attempts to restrict the freedom of the media and the public to express their views.

HCLU Goes to Court over Hungary's Pro-government Media Monster

HCLU turns to the courts for the freedom of speech after the Hungarian Government blocks the country's Competition Authority from investigating.
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Article 13 Gets Worse After Breakthrough in ​Copyright Negotiations

After half of the EU countries refused to accept the Romanian presidency’s compromise text for the draft Copyright Directive, talks seemed to reach a halt mid-January. Early this week a new compromise was found – but it maintains the threat of censorship.

Privacy and Surveillance

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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.

Privacy Win! Data Retention Law to Be Overhauled in Estonia

After long-time pressure from the Estonian Human Rights Centre and others, the Estonian Ministry of Justice has drafted a proposal to amend the provisions of the Electronic Communications Act that require the retention of mass communications metadata.
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Rome Reception Centre Closes Among Recriminations

The city of Castelnuovo di Porto, north of Rome, has been at the centre of the debate on reception centre closures due to the speed with which its migrant reception centre was shut down after enforcement of the Salvini decree.

Asylum and Migration

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​EU Commission Advances Procedure Against Hungary Over NGO Law

The Hungarian government might soon be taken to the European Court of Justice if it does not address outstanding issues around the so-called NGO law.

Non-EU Children Entitled to Same Rights as Italians in Schools

The Court of Milan has ordered the Local Government of Lodi to amend a regulation preventing foreign children from accessing cheaper school canteen and bus services.
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Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité: You Wish

The French government has adopted stricter migration laws. In the ‘country of human rights’ the environment for refugees and asylum seekers, but also for human rights defenders, has become increasingly hostile.