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
•Efforts to enshrine both heterosexual and homosexual partnerships in Lithuania’s Civil Code were thwarted at the very first stage – the draft amendment proposed by the Liberal Party was rejected, having received the support of only 29 MPs. Currently, s...
•Poland has passed a new law that restricts access to emergency contraception and will have a "catastrophic impact on rape survivors," a leading human rights groups warns. President Andrzej Duda on June 23 approved the legislation, which ends prescripti...
•During the next session of the Sejm, parliamentarians will debate an amendment to the Courts Act that would significantly enhance the minister of justice's ability to reshape the courts.
•British PM Theresa May yesterday laid out her government's proposal for the rights of over 3 million EU citizens following Brexit, saying none of them residing legally in the UK would be forced to leave and no families would be separated. She said that...