Human Rights

  • 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.

  • ECtHR: Belgian Deportation Decision Was "Inhuman" Treatment

    December 20, 2016

    The European Court of Human Rights has concluded that Belgian authorities violated the rights of a man, who was convicted of robbery and of participating in a criminal organization, against inhuman or degrading treatment and to respect for private and family life by deciding to deport him to Georgia without considering the effects of the move on his health and family.

  • ECtHR: Hungarian Pension Reform Violated Rights

    December 20, 2016

    The European Court of Human Rights has held that Hungarian legislation amending the eligibility of those receiving disability-related social-security benefits had caused a woman who had lost her pension under the law "to bear an excessive individual burden" and thereby had violated her right to protection of property.

  • CoE Official Seeks NHRI Review of Terror Laws

    December 13, 2016

    Criticizing attempts by governments to fight terrorism at the expense of international human rights standards, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks calls on countries to bolster the work of national human rights institutions (NHRIs) in reviewing counter-terrorism legislation and investigating complaints regarding law enforcement activity.

  • EU Releases Guidance on Returning Migrants

    December 12, 2016

    The EU Agency for Fundamental Rights has released "practical guidance" on how EU member states must train officials operating beyond the EU's external borders to take into account international human rights law in determining whether to permit migrants to enter their territory or to turn them back to their home countries.

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