Human Rights

  • Czech Proposal Offers Defense from EU Gun Policy

    March 17, 2017

    EurActiv reports that the Czech Government is debating a proposed amendment to the country’s constitution that would protect the right to own firearms for security purposes, in response to an EU Firearms Directive that aims to restrict gun ownership and coordinate gun policy across the bloc.

  • ECtHR Suspends Georgian Court's Media Decision

    March 15, 2017

    The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has demanded the suspension of a judgment of the Georgian Supreme Court permitting a change in ownership of a television station until the ECtHR has an opportunity to hear a case on whether the change would violate European human rights provisions on freedom of expression.

  • CoE Promotes "Social Rights" Enforcement

    March 14, 2017

    The Council of Europe (CoE) recently hosted a meeting of legal practitioners and academics in Cyprus to discuss encouraging Europeans to use domestic and international courts to enforce their "social rights," including rights to "employment, housing, health, education, social protection and welfare."

  • CoE, EU Draft Migrant Detention Standards

    March 14, 2017

    The EU Agency for Fundamental Rights has announced its participation in an effort, led by committees of the Council of Europe (CoE), to establish a set of European Immigration Detention Rules setting standards for the holding of migrants across CoE countries.

  • UK Confirms Delay of Bill of Rights Proposal

    March 02, 2017

    UK Justice Secretary Liz Truss has confirmed that the UK government will delay consideration of a British Bill of Rights proposal, which would seek to limit the influence of the European Court of Human Rights over British laws and courts, until after the country completes its exit from the EU.

  • Lawyers: EU Should Force UK to Remain in ECHR

    March 01, 2017

    The Independent reports that an open letter from a group of British lawyers calls for the EU to condition any post-Brexit free trade deal with the UK on the country remaining in the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) to prevent a "human rights crisis" in Britain.

  • CoE Official Outlines Right to Same-Sex Partnerships

    February 28, 2017

    In a recent comment, the Council of Europe's (CoE) Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks argues that CoE states have an obligation under international human rights law to offer at least registered partnerships, and to consider offering the right to marry, to same-sex couples.

  • FRA Seeks Role in Local Rights Enforcement

    February 28, 2017

    Representatives of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) recently met with their counterparts from the European Commission and the EU's Committee of the Regions to explore how the FRA might offer "regular policy advice to EU Institutions" and "increase the capacities" of regional and local authorities to respect and enforce fundamental rights.

  • ECtHR: Spanish Media Violated Singer's Right to Privacy

    February 28, 2017

    The European Court of Human Rights has held that the Spanish authorities failed to protect a pop singer's right to respect for her private life by failing to give adequate weight to her claim that the media had "impugned her honour" by broadcasting comments from her former manager on her relationships and sexual orientation.

  • ECtHR: Russian Removal of Syrian Would Violate Rights

    February 23, 2017

    The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has held that Russia's removal of a Syrian national to his home country would violate his right to life and that its continued detention of the man for overstaying his visa violates his right to liberty, calling for the country to immediately release the man from detention.

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