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Only 1 in 10 People Can Ace this Country Quiz. Can You?

Poland has been in the news lately, and that's not a good thing for human rights and democracy. Have you kept up with all of it? Take the quiz and see if you're one of the few who can get a perfect score.

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How does a vacation to Hawaii sound, paid for by someone else? Most politicians respect the rules, but some are living it up at our expense.

In Focus

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Italian Government's Plan Is a Vendetta Without Justice

The Five Star Movement-Lega government contract contains a number of red flags, warns Giuseppe Mosconi, professor of sociology of law and president of Antigone Veneto.
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Dutch Legal Heavyweights Visit Poland to Show Support for Judiciary

Judges must speak out if judicial independence and the Rule of Law are threatened.
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Italy Marches With Pride in Defense of LGBTI Rights

All over Italy, people are marching to improve visibility, acceptance, legal protections and rights for LGBTI people.

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Rights Protection by the EU

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Italy Publishes New Regulation on Hemp Production and Sale

The Italian Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies has published a directive clarifying the tools for improving the cultivation and the agro-industrial chain of cannabis sativa.

Davide & His Choice: Another Italian Is Forced to End Their Life Abroad

Davide Trentini, suffering from multiple sclerosis, chose to end his life peacefully and legally in Switzerland. But two Italian activists who helped him now face charges in Italy.
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Freedoms of NGOs

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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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​Democracy cannot survive without strong and healthy organisations fighting to protect civil liberties. Our head of advocacy explains why it is so important for the EU to invest in defending its own values.
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Historic Belgium Ruling to Suspend Arms Export Licenses for Saudi Arabia

Belgium's top court has ruled that the human rights impact of arms exports to Saudi Arabia has not been sufficiently considered.

Freedom of Expression

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Children Detained, Journalists Arrested: Belgium Accelerates Threats to Basic Rights

The arrest of a TV crew covering a peaceful protest against the opening of a new detention center for families raises serious concerns about Belgium's compliance with the freedom of information.

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In a huge blow to free speech, the Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has voted to approve Article 13 of the Copyright Directive.
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Sweden's Bulk Interception of Communications Doesn't Violate Rights

Human rights judges have rejected a mass electronic snooping complaint against Sweden.

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​Digital Rights NGO Calls for Independent Audit on Facebook Data Processing

Facebook should undergo an independent audit of its data processing accompanied by a global human rights assessment, digital rights organization Access Now argues.

Professional Secrecy Seriously Threatened in Belgium

Thanks to new legal changes, it is now possible to lift professional secrecy - the duty of confidentiality of professionals like doctors and prosecutors - in some cases.
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​"We are a welcoming Europe, let us help!": The first European Citizens’ Initiative to empower a welcoming Europe has been launched.

Asylum and Migration

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100 Without Shelter After Another Eviction in Rome

The police evacuated a building in Rome without first securing alternative shelter for those who were evicted.

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Nine children's rights and human rights organizations ask the Dutch asylum minister not to return Afghans to their country, where their lives will be in danger.
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Seventy-two percent of Italians believe in the right of asylum and the right to find refuge in other countries, including Italy, according to a new study.