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5 Things You Need to Know About Cookies (And How They Ruin Your Personal Life)

Did you ever have to choose between chocolate chip and peanut butter cookies? How about what you tell people about yourself and what you choose to keep private? And what do cookies and privacy have in common?
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​Liberties Publishes Briefings to Advise New Commission​

Liberties has prepared a series of one-page briefings for the new EU Commission to summarise important civil liberties issues: what the problems are, why they matter to the EU, and what we think the EU can do to solve them.

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NGOs Sign Report Urging Poland to Protect the Judiciary

The Court of Justice of the European Union has ruled that Polish court appointments must be done in line with EU rules and a group of NGOs has signed a report reinforcing this.
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​Civicus Monitoring Report: Civic Space Trends Worsening

Civic space for activism has lost further ground worldwide since last year: today, only three per cent of the world’s population lives in countries with open civic space.
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Lithuanian Public Broadcaster Decides Fate of Show About Two Gay Dads

One of the first episodes of "Colors", a new show on Lithuanian national television, decided to focus on two gay dads raising a small child, prompting public outrage and complaints to the Lithuanian Radio and Television Commission.
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​Europe’s Next Ombudsman Is About to Be Elected

With the new parliamentary term, Europe is about to elect its next Ombudsman. These are the five candidates, and their chances to become the leader of the EU’s top rights watchdog.

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Rights Protection by the EU

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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.

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.
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Freedoms of NGOs

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The Best We've Got: Speechbag - 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.

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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Hungarian Government to Ban MPs from Entering Institutions

A pro-government legal proposal in Hungary, if passed, would seriously jeopardise MPs' rights. The amendment allows MPs to be banned from entering the Parliament building and other institutions for as long as two months.

Freedom of Expression

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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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Polish Courts Mostly 'Fair and Professional' in Handling Freedom of Assembly Cases - Report

The Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights's report, entitled "Freedom of Assembly in the Practice of Polish Courts", presents an analysis of the monitoring of court proceedings brought against citizens participating in public assemblies.

Privacy and Surveillance

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Protecting Online Privacy – Why Every Voice Matters

The online advertising industry systematically violates users’ privacy. Liberties has launched a petition pushing for changes — here’s our explainer about the problem and what we’re doing about it.​

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.
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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.

Asylum and Migration

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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.

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.
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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.