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​Polish Judges in Power Struggle With the Government

Poland’s judges, backed by the EU and international bodies, are pushing back against the Warsaw government’s attempts to weaken judicial independence.

In Focus

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Italian Offenders Cannot Have Welfare Revoked, Court Rules

The Court of Rome has upheld the right to health and a dignified existence even for serious offenders, ruling that revoking the provision of assistance to these offenders is unconstitutional.
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You React

Rights Protection by the EU

154 articles

Italian Secret Service Predicts Proliferation of Racism Before European Elections

A report delivered to Parliament by the Italian Secret Service highlights "concrete danger of the growth of episodes of intolerance towards foreigners" by the extreme right.

Man Jailed After Calling Former Croatian President a War Criminal

Human rights organisations have reacted to a harsh ruling against an activist who claimed the first Croatian president, Franjo Tuđman, was a war criminal during the unveiling of his statue in Zagreb.
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Freedoms of NGOs

79 articles

Hungarian Constitutional Court Abandons NGOs in Stop Soros Decision

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.

U.S. Secretary of State Meets Hungarian Civil Society Leaders

In a move that sends a clear and important message to Orban’s regime, the U.S. secretary of state requested a meeting with Hungarian human rights defenders.
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Latest Cucchi-bis Hearing Sheds New Light on Death

New evidence has come to light in the trial of the five Carabinieri accused of killing Stefano Cucchi, who died of his injuries while hospitalised in jail in Rome.

Freedom of Expression

97 articles

Munich Court Reverses Conviction for Promoting Whistleblowing

A German peace activist who was convicted of encouraging people to disclose trade secrets has been cleared in a Munich court but the case continues.

New Copyright Regulation Huge Threat to Freedom of Expression

Years of negotiations have concluded as EU institutions finally agree on Europe's new copyright regulation. Is it a threat to freedom of expression? Will it bring upload filtering? We boil it down for you.
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Croatian Journalists to Protest Against Prosecution and Intimidation

On Saturday 2 March the Croatian Journalists' Association is holding a protest for freedom of journalism under the slogan "You hijacked media, we don't give journalism!"

Privacy and Surveillance

59 articles

Irish Government Must Do More to Protect Women Despite Abortion Victory

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.

Privacy Win! Data Retention Law to Be Overhauled in Estonia

After long-time pressure from the Estonian Human Rights Centre and others, the Estonian Ministry of Justice has drafted a proposal to amend the provisions of the Electronic Communications Act that require the retention of mass communications metadata.
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Germany: A New Immigration Bill Threatens Civil Society

Germany proudly calls itself a “Rechtsstaat”, a state based on justice and integrity that respects the rule of law. However, a new draft bill by Germany’s interior minister that intends, among others, to criminalize migrant helpers suggests otherwise.

Asylum and Migration

120 articles

Tortured Ethiopian Refugee Wins Backing of UN Committee

On 24 January The UN Committee against Torture made a decision on the case of an Ethiopian refugee who was to be deported from Switzerland to Italy, after he took legal action three years earlier.

Why Immigration Detention Should be Avoided

Despite evidence of its damaging effects and the many promising alternatives that exist, immigration detention is expanding in Europe.
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Human Rights Commissioner Denounces Italy Over Migration

The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatovic, has expressed her concern about Italy’s new immigration policy in a letter to the Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.