European Institutions

  • Civil Rights Coalition Petitions EU to Ban Biometric Surveillance

    February 24, 2021

    As the EU plans to announce new laws on artificial intelligence this year, a coalition made up of civil and digital rights groups has launched a petition to pressure the European Union into banning biometric mass surveillance due to systemic abuses of people’s biometric data.

  • China‚Äôs Eastern Europe Strategy Takes a Hit

    February 24, 2021

    Politico reports that the “17+1” platform created by Beijing in 2012 to build ties with 17 Central and Eastern European countries took a hit when half of the 12 EU national leaders invited did not show.

  • Ukraine Takes Russia To ECtHR Over 'Targeted Assassinations'

    February 24, 2021

    Ukraine has filed a complaint at the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) accusing Russia of the "targeted assassinations" of "perceived opponents"  which Kyiv says is in a violation of the « right to life » stipulated in Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

  • EU Begins Legal Action for Hungary Ignoring ECJ

    February 24, 2021

    The EU Commission launched legal action over Hungary's failure to implement a judgement from the European Court of Justice (ECJ), which ruled that the Transparency Act adopted in 2017 that restricts foreign-funding of NGOs was against EU rules.

  • Ruggie: Concerns About EU Rules for Mandatory Due Diligence

    February 23, 2021

    Professor in Human Rights and International Affairs at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, John Ruggie raises concerns about combining new rules on directors’ duties and mandatory due diligence in same EU instrument as the European Commission is considers a new law to hold businesses accountable for their impact on people and the planet.

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