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Quiz: Which Llama Are You?

Are you the type of person who is easy to be manipulated, or do you see through the cheap propaganda and differentiate it from what really matters for our democracies? Take our quiz you're a shrewd llama!
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Albanian Woman Granted Residence in Italy for "Deep Roots"

An Albanian citizen that has lived in Italy for 10 years has been granted a residence permit for humanitarian reasons, a measure that is no longer possible under the new Security and Immigration decree.

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UN Demands that Spain end Racial Profiling of African People

According to a UN working group, Spain's efforts to reduce racial profiling have not gone far enough and need to be stepped up to meet UN requirements.
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Quiz: Are You a Type A(uthoritarian) Personality?

What is more appealing to you – to live in an authoritarian regime, or a well-functioning democracy? Find our if your a dictator type with our weekly quiz!
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Irish Civil Society Groups Launch Campaign to Save 'The People’s Voice'

A coalition of Irish NGOs launched their campaign to reform the Electoral Act, which they say is stifling civil society by prohibiting international funding and domestic donations of over €2,500.
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Rights Protection by the EU

118 articles

​MEPs Call On Malta to Speed Up Journalist Murder Investigation

European parliamentarians wants results from the investigation into the killing of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, arguing that solving the case has far-reaching consequences for corruption and the respect for the rule of law.​

What next for Hungary's government after Parliament vote?

The European Parliament just voted to activate an emergency procedure designed to safeguard basic protections for democracy and civil liberties.
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Freedoms of NGOs

74 articles

Independent Media Under Threat as Czech Republic Tilts Towards Populism

Dogged by corruption and fraud allegations, Andrej Babiš is nevertheless getting a second crack at ruling the Czech Republic. This is bad news for civil liberties groups and independent media.

European Commission Fails to Deliver on Freedoms Fund

The European Parliament asked the Commission to create a new fund to support human rights groups in the EU. The Commission has failed to deliver. We compare what the Parliament asked for to what the Commission gave it.
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More Than 80 Organisations Urge EU to Fund Rights and Democracy Groups

Today Liberties sent a letter signed by 80 organisations to the European Commission and European Council asking the EU to create a new fund to support rights and democracy groups across Europe.

Freedom of Expression

65 articles

Man Convicted for Inciting Violence Against Saint Nicholas

A man from Utrecht, the Netherlands, has been convicted for inciting violence against Saint Nicolas on social media.

​ Fališ Festival: Making Tourism Good for Everyone

Fališ Festival, a Festival focusing on left and alternative Ideas is taking place in in Šibenik, Croatia, from 5-8 September 2018. This year the focus is on how tourism affects income, quality of life and conservation.
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Poorly Drafted Amendments Threaten Free Speech in Lithuania

Lithuania is seeking to amend the Law on VIP Protection by including provisions for protecting the authority of the country's leadership, amendments that could threaten free speech and the freedom of expression.

Privacy and Surveillance

54 articles

Facial Recognition Surveillance a Threat to Law-Abiding Citizens

The use of facial recognition surveillance is becoming widespread across Europe, and those who stand to lose the most are law-abiding citizens, not criminals.

Dutch Privacy Watchdog Levies 48,000-Euro Fine on Bank

A Dutch privacy watchdog has fined Theodoor Gilissen Bankiers for violating privacy legislation.
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Cameroonian Man Persecuted for being Gay Granted Refugee Status In Italy

The Court of Palermo has overturned the decision of the Territorial Commission and finally granted refugee status to a young man from Cameroon who suffered persecution in his country because he was in a homosexual relationship.

Asylum and Migration

86 articles

Hungary's New Immigration Tax: Pay if You Have a Different Opinion

Critics of the new tax say it is intended solely to disrupt the work of NGOs and others who don’t share the government’s opinion on migration.

EU Should Expand Sponsorship Programs to Create Safe Entry Routes for Refugees

The European Citizens’ Initiative "Welcoming Europe" asks the European Commission to support community private sponsorship programs.
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Two-year-old Ivorian child reunited with his parents in Italy

In July, a Palermo court ruled that a two-year-old Ivorian child, who had been stranded in Ivory Coast and separated from his family in Europe, had the right to be immediately readmitted to Italy and reunited with his parents.