Human Rights

  • ECtHR: Russian "Gay Propaganda" Laws Violate Rights

    June 21, 2017

    The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has held that Russian laws banning the public promotion of "nontraditional sexual relations" violate European human rights provisions guaranteeing the freedom of expression and rights against discrimination.

  • CoE Monitoring Deals Blow to Turkish EU Bid

    June 15, 2017

    EurActiv reports that a recent vote by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (CoE) to reinstate the monitoring of democracy and fundamental rights in Turkey following the country's crackdown on a wide range of actors in response to a failed coup attempt last year has jeopardized Turkey's bid to become a member of the EU.

  • Academic: Founders Intended ECHR as "Living Instrument"

    May 26, 2017

    In a recent review of a book on the founding of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), Associate Professor Ed Bates of the University of Leicester indicates that countries that have signed up to the ECHR have agreed to be bound by a "living instrument" in which supranational human rights judges might discover new meanings over time.

  • ECtHR: Russia Violated Rights in 2004 School Siege

    May 26, 2017

    The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has held that the government of Russia violated the human rights of the hundreds of hostages killed in its siege of a school in Beslan in 2004 and ordered Russia to pay three million euros to the families of the victims.

  • NGO: UK Parties Must Commit to ECtHR

    May 25, 2017

    Human Rights Watch recently published an article calling on all UK political parties to pledge in their manifestos to keeping the country within the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR).

  • ECtHR: Transgender Sterilization Law Violated Rights

    May 24, 2017

    The New York Times reports that the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has held a French law requiring people who wish to change the sex listed on their government documents to be sterilized violated the human right to "respect for private and family life."

  • EU Agency Studies "Citizenship Education" Initiative

    May 03, 2017

    As part of its project on "strengthening national human rights infrastructures," and in line with the EU's agendas focused on rights to "non-discrimination" and "tolerance," the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights performed a field visit in France to learn about the country's "citizenship education" program.

  • EC Attempts to Assert Social Role Through Parental Leave

    April 26, 2017

    As part of European Commission (EC) President Jean-Claude Juncker’s European Pillar of Social Rights initiative designed to demonstrate the EU’s relevance in European social issues, the EC is set to release a “work-life balance proposal” that could significantly increase business obligations toward employees.

  • CoE Commissioner Criticizes Ireland on Abortion Laws

    April 19, 2017

    The Council of Europe’s (CoE) Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks has released a report calling on the government of Ireland to significantly expand abortion rights in order to protect human rights and reflect “changing social attitudes” in the country.

  • CoE Committee Demands French Prison Reform

    April 12, 2017

    The Council of Europe’s (CoE) Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment has issued a report condemning the treatment of inmates at French prisons and calling on the French government to make specific reforms in line with recommendations.

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