Many young Europeans take the freedom to travel through much of the Union without having to pass border checks for granted. With the reintroduction of “temporary” border controls, this privilege may be coming to an end.
For the first time since it's inception, the Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson's Office has presented an independent report on women's rights in Lithuania to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (UN CEDAW).
Debate surrounding media freedom and freedom of expression is escalating in Estonia in response to the press and other media supporting the new governing coalition, which includes far right right Estonian Conservative People's Party.
In a ruling against a complaint submitted by Amnesty International Hungary, the Hungarian Constitutional Court has declared that Stop Soros is not unconstitutional. HCLU agrees with Amnesty that this decision means the court has abandoned civil society.
In making his annual report to the Italian Parliament, the National Ombudsman has highlighted problem areas including migrants arbitrarily being denied rights in detention, overcrowding in prisons, and high suicide rates.
The Vilnius Regional Court has found that prosecutors correctly refused to launch an investigation into Marius Ivaškevičius's novel "Žali", and that prosecuting the author for his postmodernist work was impermissible in a democracy.
• by Sinéad Nolan, The Irish Council for Civil Liberties
The introduction of long-awaited abortion services in Ireland was marred by anti-choice protests and problems with the new legislation. The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) is calling for safe zones and changes to the legislation.
The crew of the rescue ship “Iuventa” from the German NGO Jugend Rettet has been honored by the Swiss Paul Grüninger Foundation with a human rights award for saving the lives of thousands of men, women and children in the central Mediterranean.
As a group of refugees were trying to cross from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatian police officers stopped them and forced them to shout football slogans and make the salute of the fascist Ustasha regime while filming them.
"Love thy neighbor as thyself" – the story of the Good Samaritan who helps a suffering traveller inspires us to show solidarity towards strangers. The Church has a tradition of providing shelter to those in need. Now, this tradition makes it a target.
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