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RIS Report: Spain Prosecuting Glorification of Terrorism Too Strictly Since 2015

New report examines almost 50 Spanish court decisions relating to the crime of glorification of terrorism and finds that a significant number are inconsistent with international human rights law governing the right to free expression
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​Three Ways The EU Could Prevent Vaccine Roll-Out Creating Two-Tier Societies

The way the vaccine is distributed is likely to intensify existing inequalities in society, in three ways.

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Big Fines For Big Tech - Liberties Comment In The Media

The European has released the Digital Services Act (DSA), which is a long-overdue overhaul of the online world and e-commerce rules. We shared our views in the media.
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Death of Universal Jurisdiction in Spain has Taken Away Plaintiffs' Rights

In 1985 Spain became a pioneer in the application of universal jurisdiction. But in 2014 the law was changed, closing many ongoing cases and stripping many applicants of their rights.

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Rights Protection by the EU

254 articles

Civicus: Protests Staged In Support Of Polish Women And Against COVID-19 Measures

​On 11th and 25th October 2020, Lithuania held parliamentary elections that ultimately led to the creation of a new conservative government.

​Three Measures the European Commission Should Take to Help Restore Hungarian Democracy

Six months have passed since the EU Court ruled that Orban's anti-NGO law violates EU law. The government has taken no steps to comply with the ruling.
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Freedoms of NGOs

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Liberties Report: Does Germany Have a Civic Space Problem?

Germany’s legislation regulating the work of civil society organizations is outdated and vague, leaving them vulnerable to attacks by some politicians and commercial lobbyists, Liberties' new report finds.

Human Rights House to Open in Brussels Thanks to Successful Crowdfunding Campaign

The campaign launched by the Belgium League of Human Rights (LDH) and Liga voor mensenrechten (Liga) to create a Human Rights House in Brussels ended on Monday 5 October, exceeding its goal for contributions.
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Vaccine Passport Monitoring: The EU In Search For A Common Approach, Liberties Warns Of Risks

This is a summary of some of the most prominent media reports about the vaccine passport.

Freedom of Expression

132 articles

#StopSLAPPs - Watchdogs Need EU Rules to Protect Them From Legal Bullying

Corrupt politicians and powerful businesses use legal bullying to silence critical voices. This practice is a threat to European values and to the rule of law. We shared a proposal with the Commission on how to protect journalists and NGOs from SLAPPs.

Stop Upload Filters - Send Letter to EU Legislators

European Union legislators are in the final stage of discussing the Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online. Get engaged - send our message to EU legislators.
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#FixAdTech Campaign In The Media

Google and digital advertising firms are the targets of fresh privacy complaints filed in six EU countries in December over the way they sell ads to potential advertisers through a bidding process. See key media reports about our latest campaign.

Privacy and Surveillance

92 articles

New Privacy Complaints Filed In Against Invasive Online Advertising

Organisations from 6 countries have today lodged complaints with their data protection authorities about the behavioural advertising industry’s harmful practices of broadcasting people’s personal data on the internet.

Liberties and AccessNow Ask Commissioners About Interoperability of Tracing Apps

Liberties and Access Now today sent a letter to the European Commission to inquire about the interoperability system for COVID-19 contact-tracing applications that was set up by the Commission.
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ECtHR: Belgium Acted Illegally in Sudanese Deportation Case

Europe's human rights court has condemned Belgium for illegally returning a Sudanese national to his home country without assessing the risks of torture, and inhumane and degrading treatments. Belgium also violated his right to effective remedy.

Asylum and Migration

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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.

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.
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Chechen Refugees Unlawfully Refused Entry to Poland, Rules ECtHR

Chechen asylum seekers, who had repeatedly been refused an opportunity to file applications for international protection by the Polish Border Guard, have successfully challenged Poland at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.