Human Rights

  • CoE Official: Countries Must Reunite Refugees with Families

    August 08, 2017

    The Council of Europe's (CoE) Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks has called on European countries to "adopt a more humane and human rights oriented policy" on swiftly reuniting families of refugees in compliance with the "right to family life" under international human rights law.

  • ECtHR Finds Violation in Jury Instructions on Defamation

    August 07, 2017

    The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has held that an Irish court violated the right to free expression of a newspaper by refusing, in compliance with Irish Supreme Court case law, to suggest to a jury in a defamation case against the newspaper a range of potential damage awards that could be appropriate, thus leaving the jury free to calculate very high damages.

  • ECtHR Rejects Complaint from Dismissed Turkish Civil Servant

    August 04, 2017

    The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has dismissed a complaint from a Turkish civil servant who was fired from his position following the failed coup attempt in the country in 2016 because he failed to exhaust his domestic remedies by filing a complaint before a Turkish commission established to review complaints of wrongful dismissal from the civil service.

  • CoE Anti-torture Committee Seeks German Prison Reforms

    August 03, 2017

    The Council of Europe's (CoE) committee on torture has published a report calling on Germany to reduce the use of "mechanical restraints" and solitary confinement in its prisons and warning that diverging confinement standards are in use in different federal states in the country.

  • FRA Aims to Communicate to "Intolerant" Society

    August 03, 2017

    The EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) hosted a meeting in June with communications experts to address the FRA's "failure" to persuade an "increasingly intolerant" world that the global human rights agenda is important.

  • FRA Seeks to Promote Rights Agenda Through Arts

    August 03, 2017

    The EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) recently hosted a group of artists to discuss the "shared space between arts and human rights," including how the FRA might use art to "help generate emotions and empathy" in support of its promotion of the global human rights agenda.

  • ECJ Official Seeks Looser Rules for Migrant Spouses

    August 02, 2017

    In a May opinion, an Advocate General for the Court of Justice of the EU (ECJ) found that EU law prohibited the UK from restricting the right of the spouse of a person who migrated from Spain to remain in that country solely on the basis that the Spanish migrant had become a naturalized citizen of the UK and was therefore no longer the beneficiary of rules on "free movement."

  • FRA Calls for EU "Strategic Framework" on Rights

    August 02, 2017

    In its 2017 Fundamental Rights Report, the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) calls on the EU to create an "internal strategic framework for fundamental rights" to ensure the implementation of the global human rights agenda within the bloc.

  • CoE Official Seeks Reform of Swiss Migration Policies

    August 02, 2017

    Following a visit to Switzerland, the Council of Europe's (CoE) Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks called on the country's government to reform its legislation to ensure that it offers special protection to "vulnerable" migrants arriving in its territory and criticized what he perceived to be inadequate funding for the country's national human rights institution.

  • FRA Seeks Deepened Cooperation on Rights Agenda

    August 02, 2017

    At the latest meeting of the agency's management board, leaders of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) called for more institutionalized cooperation between the FRA, European national human rights institutions, and European "equality bodies," all of which seek to mainstream the modern human rights agenda in European countries.

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