•Defenders' Days, an annual conference in Stockholm, is dedicated to recognizing the work of human rights defenders at risk. Its 2015 award for top defender went to a Vietnamese blogger who openly criticizes human rights abuses in her country.
•Five UN special rapporteurs have addressed Spanish authorities to ask them to stop their consideration of several legal reforms that violate international human rights standards.
•The ruling Popular Party and the Socialist Party, the main opposition party, are working on an anti-terror pact, supposedly to combat jihadism. Many of the measures being proposed threaten basic principles of the rule of law.