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Hungary's Restrictive Legislation on Financing NGOs Does Not Comply With EU Law: European Court of Justice

The Court of Justice rules against Orban's 2017 law aimed at shutting Hungary's citizens out of their democracy by discrediting and defunding rights and democracy activists. The case teaches the EU 3 lessons to protect our democracies from authoritarians.
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How Much Is Your Privacy Worth?

Being tracked everywhere you go — creepy or necessary?

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Belgian NGOs Launch Crowdfunding Campaign to Create a Human Rights House in Brussels

The Belgium League of Human Rights (LDH) and Liga voor mensenrechten (Liga) have just launched a crowdfunding campaign to support the creation of the Human Rights House in Brussels, where they will work together and promote rights and freedoms.
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EU Has Many Tools on the Table to Promote Rights and Democracy - Liberties Report

The European Commission is preparing its first-ever report on the rights records of EU governments. With the help of our members, Liberties has sent in its assessment, along with solutions for what the EU can do to better protect our fundamental values.
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Iranian Student Accused of Breaching Quarantine to be Expelled from Hungary

Iranian twins, both medical students, were accused of breaching quarantine rules. Although criminal proceedings have been dropped, one of them is to be deported and HCLU is now helping her.
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Slovenia: New Government Restricts Rights of Environmental Groups

The new government has restricted access to public participation and justice for environmental non-governmental organisations.

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Rights Protection by the EU

223 articles

Coronavirus: NGOs and Philanthropists Stepping Up During the Pandemic

In Italy associations dedicated to taking care of victims in war zones, saving migrants and assisting other marginalised groups have mobilized.

Italian Restrictions on Personal Freedom May Be Unconstitutional

Measures to stem the rate of coronavirus infection in Italy, including harsh home quarantines, are based only on decrees, not on laws, even though the penalties for breaching them include prison sentences.
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Freedoms of NGOs

92 articles

Slovenia: New Government Targeting NGOs and the Media

In the first month of the third government led by SDS and Janez Janša, the Government Communication Office took a central role in targeting the usual suspects of the ruling party: Non-governmental organisations, the media and journalists.

Why Associations Are Good for Your Health

By working together through associations, we can make sure our governments steer the right course through the pandemic.
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LDH Report: Belgian Police Abusing Power During Lockdown

After being alerted by stories of police violence and misconduct on social media, in newspapers, and people on the ground, Police Watch, LDH’s observatory on police violence, decided to launch a campaign to raise awareness about police abuse.

Freedom of Expression

126 articles

Two People in Hungary Detained for Their Political Views

Hungarian police detained two people for posting their views on Facebook after Viktor Orbán's government passed a law restricting the rules on spreading fake news, claiming it was necessary to protect against the pandemic.

How To Talk About Human Rights During Covid-19

This guide offers suggestions on how to frame human rights when speaking about measures that authorities are taking (or failing to take) to halt the spread and minimise the impact of coronavirus.
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Quiz: What Do You Know About Tracing Apps?

Coronavirus contact-tracing apps are being launched across Europe. Do you know more about the app than it knows about you?

Privacy and Surveillance

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Italian Regulations May not be Robust Enough to Protect Rights as COVID-19 Tracking Apps Come in

Although many people seem to support the idea of relinquishing some rights to protect public health, the Italian government must ensure that the systems are strong enough to not let these changes become permanent.

The End of Mass Surveillance: German Constitutional Court Strengthens Basic Rights Abroad

Civil rights and liberties extend beyond borders: Germany’s highest Constitutional Court declares that the Federal Intelligence Service’s practice of worldwide mass surveillance is unconstitutional.
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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.

Asylum and Migration

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Racism in a Pandemic

The UN established 21 March as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. This year, the media is in thrall to a pandemic that is ravaging the world and occupying the centre of social interest.

Communities on the Rise

In a strong community, people are willing to engage in activities that help other people. This improves everyone’s quality of life and makes people less lonely – Kussay Chichakly
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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.