Human Rights

  • NGO Criticizes "Shortcomings" in ECtHR Migration Decision

    January 23, 2017

    Lawyers from the nongovernmental organization Open Society Foundations have criticized a decision of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) Grand Chamber for "watering down" human rights law as interpreted by a lower judicial body by permitting the removal of migrants from an Italian island without an individual interview of each migrant.

  • CoE Official Warns Slovenia on Migration Legislation

    January 19, 2017

    Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks has published a letter to the National Assembly of Slovenia warning that legislation currently under consideration in the body that would permit the removal of illegal migrants in the case of threats to the "public order and internal security" violates European human rights law.

  • ECtHR Upholds UK Policy on Reviewing Life Sentences

    January 19, 2017

    The European Court of Human Rights has held that, based on a clarifying ruling from the UK Supreme Court setting out "exceptional grounds" on which the British authorities must review life sentences, the UK policy on the review of life sentences is compatible with European human rights law.

  • ECtHR: Lithuania Violated Prisoner's Right to Access Website

    January 19, 2017

    The European Court of Human Rights has held that Lithuanian prison authorities violated the human right of a prisoner to receive information by denying him access to a website with educational information due to their fear that prisoners might use internet access to continue their criminal activity.

  • UK Lawyer: HRA Must Give Way to Focus on Democracy

    January 13, 2017

    UK attorney Luke Gittos writes that the British Government should repeal the country's Human Rights Act (HRA) to emphasize the need for preservation of freedom through the democratic process rather than glorifying rights "handed down from on high" by unelected judges in the UK and on European courts.

  • EU Pushes Privacy Rights in Travel Alert System

    January 13, 2017

    The European Commission has issued a proposal to "strengthen" the Schengen Information System, an information sharing system for border authorities in the passport-free Schengen Area, to more effectively fight terrorism by, in part, bolstering data protection for travelers in line with the "fundamental right" to privacy identified in EU treaties.

  • UK Policy Shifts Toward Leaving ECtHR

    January 04, 2017

    The Telegraph reports that sources within UK Prime Minister Theresa May's government have indicated her plans to include in her party's platform for the 2020 general election a pledge to withdraw from the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR).

  • ECtHR: Italy Violated Rights of Detained Migrants

    January 02, 2017

    The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has held that Italy violated the rights to liberty and security of a group of Tunisian migrants the country held on the island of Lampedusa in 2011 and subsequently returned to Tunisia.

  • EU Committee Approves Strengthened Asylum Entity

    December 30, 2016

    The European Parliament's Civil Liberties Committee has approved a proposal to further centralize EU refugee rules by creating an EU Agency for Asylum that will monitor the refugee policies and practices of national governments and implement a complaint mechanism headed by a Fundamental Rights Officer.

  • EU Agency Seeks Rights-Based Revision of Migration Rules

    December 21, 2016

    The EU Agency for Fundamental Rights has issued two opinions requested by the European Parliament on including a human rights-based approach to the process of revising EU regulations on where migrants from non-EU countries should be settled.

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