Human Rights

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • UK To Create New Role to Protect Freedom of Speech

    February 17, 2021

    The UK government has announced plans for the creation of a post on the Office for Students' (OfS) board whose role will be to ensure that freedom of speech and expression is not stifled on university campuses nationwide.

  • Free Speech Debate after French Teen's Anti-Muslim Post Sparks Death Threats, Arrests

    February 10, 2021

    French police arrested five people in connection with death threats made against a teenager for her online video messages against Islam, which has sparked a debate over freedom of speech in the country.

  • Laschet : Navalny Affair Not Grounds to Cancel Nord Stream Pipeline

    February 10, 2021

    Despite growing pressure from German Greens, the United States and much of Europe, the Christian Democratic Union’s new chief Armin Laschet maintains the arrest of Russian opposition leader Alexei Nalvany is not grounds to cancel the Nord Stream Pipeline.

  • AI Lie Detector Project Challenged in EU Court

    February 09, 2021

    Natasha Lomes writing for TechCrunch explores the current transparency lawsuit before The European Court of Justice in Luxembourg that highlights questions of ethics and efficacy attached to the European Union’s flagship R&D program which involves an experiemental facial recognition lie detector test.

  • ECtHR to Consider Nalvany Complaint

    February 02, 2021

    The European Court of Human Rights announced it has informed Russia that it will consider a complaint filed to the court by the opposition politician Aleksei Navalny who argues that his right to life was violated under the EU Convention on Human Rights.

  • Over 100 Experts Demand Suspension of EU-China Deal

    January 27, 2021

    In an attempt to prevent the ratification of the EU-China investment agreement, more than 100 renowned China experts, researchers and human-rights activists across the globe are calling for a suspension, naming serious human rights violations and the suppression of democracy movements in China.

  • ECtHR To Examine Human Rights Violations in Crimea

    January 15, 2021

    The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has agreed to examine allegations by Kyiv that Russia committed human rights violations in Crimea, the Ukrainian peninsula it annexed in 2014.

  • Debate over Vaccine Passports in EU

    January 13, 2021

    According to Politico, as Greece promotes the implementation of a vaccine passport, opponents to the scheme argue that such passports would endanger privacy and the fundamental rights of Europeans by dividing people into categories according to health status.

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