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
•Antigone and the Italian Coalition for Civil Liberties and Rights (CILD) have expressed their concerns over the verdict of the Spanish Supreme Court, saying the sentences are way too harsh for non-violent crimes.
•The draft bill will introduce Article 167¹ to the Criminal Code, providing that systematically stalking people by attempting to contact them directly, through others, in writing or via electronic communications devices, is a misdemeanour.
•Czech EU Commissioner Věra Jourová expressed concerns about how some politicians verbally attack journalists. During the three-hour hearing before the committee, she said that the role of journalists is to make life uncomfortable for politicians.
•The proposed Czech Vice-President of the European Commission, Vera Jourova in charge of the rule of law portfolio, will have to prepare for questions related to Prime Minister Andrej Babis during a grilling in the European Parliament.