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The Best We've Got: Speech Bag - Episode 1

Dogs are great, but they are not more important to our democratic way of life than, well, democracy. But the groups that help maintain our democracy are under attack — even in Germany. Dogs are not impressed, and neither are we.
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Academics Push for Copyright Safeguards Against Over-Blocking

A paper by copyright experts urges decision-makers to implement safeguards to ensure that the enforcement of the EU Copyright Directive doesn’t unduly restrict users.

In Focus

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RIS Reports on Where Spain Is Failing to Protect Civil and Political Rights

Rights International Spain has submitted a number of contributions to the list of issues to consider before the submission of the Seventh Regular Report to the Human Rights Committee.
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Call for Croatia to Be Kept out of Schengen Until it Improves Asylum Practices

Croatia has received the green light from the European Commission to enter the border-free Schengen Area, but nine organisations and initiatives working with the victims of border violence have made their objections clear.
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Germany: Outdated Law Risks Strangling Civic Activism

The Berlin tax office withdraws the charitable status of a German campaigning organization. By doing so, it makes it harder for citizens to get their views to their politicians.
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Prison Guards Arrested on Charges of Torturing Detainees

Six prison officers working at the Lorusso and Cutugno prisons have been arrested in Turin, on suspicion of having repeatedly tortured prisoners between April 2017 and November 2018.

Rights Protection by the EU

195 articles

HFHR Report: Poland Threatening Human Rights Protections

Between 2015 and 2019, Poland recorded its most significant regression in the field of human rights protection since 1989, claim experts from the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights in their latest report.

Sentences for Catalan Leaders Disproportionate, Argue Italian Organisations

Antigone and the Italian Coalition for Civil Liberties and Rights (CILD) have expressed their concerns over the verdict of the Spanish Supreme Court, saying the sentences are way too harsh for non-violent crimes.
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Freedoms of NGOs

83 articles

Bulgarian Helsinki Committee Under Pressure From Far-Right Government Party

The attempt to dissolve Bulgaria’s largest human rights organization is the latest attack against civil society – and European values – by an EU government.

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.
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CJEU Hearing Puts Focus on the Stigmatisation of Hungarian NGOs

The fight against the act stigmatising Hungarian civil society organisations has entered a new phase: on 22 October the Court of Justice of the European Union will hold a public hearing on the case.

Freedom of Expression

103 articles

Lithuania Violated Teen Terror Suspect's Freedom of Expression

In the case of Kusaite v Lithuania, the UNHCR found that Lithuania had violated the right to freedom of expression of a teenager accused of terror offences, which are enshrined in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

German YouTuber Angers Political Establishment in Frank Video

In reaction to the enormous success a young German YouTuber had with a pre-election clip in which he harshly criticised the governing CDU, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the party's new leader, has suggested "regulation of the digital sector".
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Top Belgian Court to Submit 10 Questions to the CJEU On Privacy Related Legislation

After an appeal by LDH against the transposition of the EU Directive on passenger name records, the Belgian Constitutional Court has decided to submit 10 prejudicial questions to the CJEU, reflecting the concerns raised by privacy advocates.

Privacy and Surveillance

70 articles

Copyright Dialogue: How to Balance Interests of Online Platforms, Rightsholders' and Human Rights

The European Commission organized a stakeholder dialogue to discuss best practices for cooperation between online content-sharing service providers and copyright holders. Liberties was invited to present on the human rights angle.

Policy Paper: A Human-Centric Digital Manifesto for Europe

Here is how the European Union could become the global leader in human-centric digital transformation.
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Journalists Cannot be Barred from Hungarian Refugee Camps

The Hungarian state violated a journalist's rights by not letting him enter the territory of any of the country's refugee camps, affirmed the European Court of Human Rights. The journalist, Illés Szurovecz, was represented by HCLU in Strasbourg.

Asylum and Migration

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Hungarian State Media Condemned for Lying about Civil Society Organisation

The youth organisation of the smaller governing party in Hungary must apologise to Menedék, the Hungarian Association for Migrants, at a press conference after the NGOs reputation was damaged by comments the party's spokesperson made via state media.

Poland Has So Far Failed to Carry Out ECtHR Judgment on Chechen Family's Detention

The HFHR has communicated to the CoE's Committee of Ministers about Poland's report on the implementation of the ECtHR judgement in the Bistieva case, which concerns the detention of a family of refugees with children.
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Bodies Under Suspicion: the Human Cost of Racial Profiling

A recent report based on personal experiences, denounces how racial profiling is a common police practice in Spain and proposes measures to tackle it.