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Italy Starts Using Ships to Quarantine Resident Migrants who Test Positive for Covid-19

CILD learned that a Covid-positive Gambian man with an Italian residence permit had been transferred to a quarantine ship, with no prior notice. Dozens of similar cases of migrants being quarantined in this way soon emerged.
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Why Facebook Is Wrong to Ban Holocaust Denial

Holocaust denial is truly offensive and a clear lie. But Facebook got it wrong.

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Rights Protection by the EU

234 articles

The 3 Things the EU Commission President Should Do in Response to Orbán's Antics

If she cares about the future of the Union and wants to give some hope back to the Hungarian people, President von der Leyen should be forceful in her reply to Orbán's call for the sacking of an EU Vice-President.

European Democracy Action Plan: A Comprehensive Plan to Innovate Democracy in Europe

The comprehensive paper brings together contributions and recommendations from a wide range of 48 civil organisations, including Liberties.EU.
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Freedoms of NGOs

100 articles

EU Governments Use Pandemic Measures to Restrict Civic Space and Freedoms: Liberties & Greenpeace Report

Restrictions on the right to protest, free speech, access to information and freedom of association. This is how governments across the EU took political advantage of the pandemic. Read details in the Liberties-Greenpeace joint report below.

Catalan Independence Leaders Targeted By Spyware

Catalan independence campaigners are suspected to have been targeted by government services using spyware, which is allegedly only sold to governments for the purpose of surveilling criminals and terrorists.
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'Undrinkable Cocktails' and a Soft Bartender: A Review of the First EU Rule of Law Report

​The European Commission released its first-ever EU Rule of Law Report. Liberties welcomes the Report but warns that such reports must not just be a box-ticking exercise.

Freedom of Expression

129 articles

EHRC Supporting Student Accused of Defamation by Estonian Radio Provocateur

An Estonian university student created a petition calling for the host to be fired for hateful language towards minorities, with the host responding by suing for defamation.

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.
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Copyright Directive Draft Guidance Could Lead to Rights Violations, NGOs Warn

Digital and civil rights groups have sent a letter to the European Commissioner for Internal Market warning that draft guidance on Article 17 of the Copyright Directive could lead to limits on free speech and the right to receive information.

Privacy and Surveillance

85 articles

​NGOs Urge Default Transparency in Online Political Advertising

Civil society organisations push for full transparency of political ads online to avoid misleading and disguised ads, which can easily distort political preferences.

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?
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Chechen Refugees Unlawfully Refused Entry to Poland, Rules ECtHR

Chechen asylum seekers, who had repeatedly been refused an opportunity to file applications for international protection by the Polish Border Guard, have successfully challenged Poland at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

Asylum and Migration

146 articles

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.

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.
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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.