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.
RIS and the Open Society Justice Initiative organized a workshop in Madrid to address the implementation of an Effective Police Identification Protocol, a pilot project launched by Madrid City Council.
The Romanian government wants to force NGOs to publish data on all their beneficiaries, just as banks and gambling companies are forced to declare suspicious transactions. Non-compliant NGOs will be shut down.
On 13 February 2018, the Hungarian government tabled to Parliament a pack of three law proposals, also referred to as “Stop Soros”. Liberties supports the alliance of 200 civil society groups and the open letter initiated by Amnesty International.
From smear campaigns to funding restrictions, governments across the EU are increasingly trying to silence human rights defenders. As the European Parliament prepares to debate the issue, Liberties offers its recommendations to improve the situation.