Human Rights

  • Euronews: US Company Taken to EU Court Over Toxic ‘Forever Chemicals' in Landmark Case

    September 15, 2021

    US-based Chemours, a spinoff company of DuPont, which includes brands such as Teflon, has been named in a landmark case at the EU Court of Justice, over allegations that the chemical giant has worked to prevent action on harmful chemicals, with a decision expected in early 2022.

  • The G7 Meets to Discuss Afghanistan

    August 25, 2021

    A call between the leaders of G7 was held with the purpose of buying more time for a coordinated response but due to no possible agreement to extend troop presence beyond August, the group discussed setting conditions for dealing with the Taliban.

  • COVID: Vaccinated May Obtain More Rights in Germany

    August 10, 2021

    Following the recent passing of France’s « Health Pass », Germany may not be far behind with their own version of a Covid Pass as two top members of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) have kicked off a big debate over special rights for those vaccinated against COVID-19.

  • France: Tens of Thousands March against ‘Health Pass’ for Third Straight Weekend

    August 04, 2021

    Thousands of people protested in Paris and other French cities for the third strait weekend against a mandatory coronavirus health pass for entry to a wide array of public venues, introduced by the government, with an interior ministry official stating that 204,090 had demonstrated across France, including 14,250 in Paris alone, 40,000 more than the previous week.

  • Italian MP Chased Out of Parliament by Security for Protesting Green Pass

    August 04, 2021

    Following the Italian government’s announcement that from August 6 people must present proof of immunity or vaccination to access various services and leisure activities, an Italian MP protested the decision by holding a « NO GREEN PASS » poster and was quickly chased out of parliament by security officials.

  • Green Pass Backlash Forces France to Soften the Rules

    July 21, 2021

    Following the French Government’s plans to put into place a strict « green pass » with proof of vaccination or negative test for entering into bars, restaurants and shopping centers, tens of thousands protest in the streets throughout France.

  • Venice Commission: Russia's 'Foreign Agent' Amendments Violate Human Rights

    July 14, 2021

    The Venice Commission has sharply criticized recent Russian amendments to laws regulating so-called ‘'foreign agents," saying they constitute “serious violations” of basic human rights, referring to Russia's "foreign agent" legislation that was adopted in 2012 that requires noncommercial organizations that receive foreign assistance to be registered and submit to audits.

  • ECtHR Bolsters ‘Right to be Forgotten’

    June 23, 2021

    The judges of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) ruled in favor of a man with historical convictions relating to a fatal road accident who requested to anonymize an article in an electronic archive, giving a boost to the ‘right to be forgotten’ in human rights law.

  • Climate Activists Target Norway at ECtHR

    June 17, 2021

    In an effort by environmentalists to stop new oil drilling in Norway, the activists have brought the case before European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), arguing that the drilling affects human rights, depriving young people of their future.

  • New Law Requires Corporate Due Diligence In Germany

    June 14, 2021

    In a shift to mandatory compliance, the German Parliament passed a law requiring large and medium-sized businesses to do their due diligence in combating human rights violations along their supply chain with fines being up to 2% of their international revenue and exclusion from public procurement for up to three years.

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