Rights Protection by the EU
All EU governments have promised to protect human rights, democracy and the rule of law. No country can join the EU until it has shown that it has laws, policies and institutions in place to uphold these fundamental values, such as a free media and an independent judiciary. Once a country is inside the EU, however, the Union has limited powers to make sure the government sticks to these promises. This topic covers the work we do to persuade the EU to create stronger powers to protect its fundamental values, and the work we do to persuade the EU to use the powers it already has to prevent governments inside the Union from abusing human rights.
Rights Protection by the EU articles
•Rights International Spain has released its annual report on human rights, with the reports and resolutions by international bodies about the human rights and civil liberties situation in the country.
•We have now reached the unprecedented and frightening stage at which Polish judges are being harassed through multiple arbitrary disciplinary investigations. The EU must act now.
•The Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights has submitted an amicus curiae brief with the ECtHR in the case Grzęda v. Poland. The case concerns a judge elected to the National Council of the Judiciary whose term of office was terminated early.