Human Rights

  • Academic: Brexit Bill Subjects Social Rights to "Politics"

    September 22, 2017

    The Independent reports that Dr. Tobias Lock of Edinburgh University has highlighted the extent to which EU provisions on social rights currently trump UK law by warning that the UK "repeal" bill transferring EU rules into British law will give government officials the authority to change or eliminate certain European employment and other standards.

  • UK Tribunal Refers Data Retention Case to ECJ

    September 20, 2017

    The Register reports that the UK's Investigatory Powers Tribunal, which considers legal issues concerning the country's intelligence agencies, has referred a complaint over the bulk retention of communications data by British agencies to the Court of Justice of the EU (ECJ) for a decision on the compliance of the UK system with EU law.

  • CoE Anti-Torture Committee Urges Italian Prison Reform

    September 19, 2017

    The Council of Europe's (CoE) Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment has released a report critiquing elements of the Italian penitentiary system it believes violate previous CoE recommendations, European Court of Human Rights case law, and the 1984 UN Convention on Torture.

  • NGOs: EU Energy Plan Should Consider Social Costs

    September 19, 2017

    Nongovernmental organization participants on the European Economic and Social Committee have expressed concern over the European Commission's proposed Clean Energy for All Europeans package, which they predict may put 50 million Europeans at risk of “energy poverty.”

  • NGO Urges Social Worker Use of Rights Law

    September 14, 2017

    Helen Wildbore of the British Institute of Human Rights writes on how British social workers should expand their use of the UK Human Rights Act, a law that effectively transposes the European Convention on Human Rights into British law, in the country's courts to help further the "dignity and respect" of their clients.

  • ECtHR: Businesses Must Respect Employee Privacy

    September 06, 2017

    The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has held that the Romanian courts failed to uphold an employee's right to privacy by permitting a company that had secretly monitored the employee's communications to fire him due to the company's discovery that he had sent personal messages during work hours.

  • CoE Body Critiques Hungarian University Law

    August 14, 2017

    The Council of Europe's (CoE) constitutional law body, the Venice Commission, has issued a preliminary opinion on a Hungarian law regulating the operation of foreign universities in the country asserting that, while the government could legitimately apply the law's requirements to new institutions, they are "unjustified" when applied to universities that are already in operation.

  • ECJ Rejects Canada-EU Passenger Data Sharing Deal

    August 14, 2017

    The Court of Justice of the EU (ECJ) has held that an agreement between EU and Canadian authorities on the sharing of data on air passengers violates data privacy protections of the EU Charter on Fundamental Rights because the shared information is too broad in scope and is not shielded from improper use by Canadian and other government officials.

  • FRA Expresses Concern on Migrant "Pushbacks," Returns

    August 14, 2017

    In its latest monthly report on migrant-related human rights issues, the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) has expressed concern regarding policies among EU member states on either pushing back unauthorized migrants attempting to enter their territory or returning migrants from their territory to countries the FRA deems "unstable."

  • ECtHR: Lawyer Communication Restriction Violated Rights

    August 14, 2017

    The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has held that restrictions by the Netherlands on communications revealing classified information between a criminal defendant accused of leaking state secrets and the lawyer defending him hindered the lawyer from providing an effective defense, violating the defendant's right to give information to counsel.

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