Human Rights

  • ECtHR backs Mandatory Pre-School Vaccination

    April 14, 2021

    For the first time first time, The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has ruled on compulsory vaccination against childhood disease and has backed the Czech Republic in its requirement for mandatory pre-school vaccinations, finding that while the Czech policy interfered with the right to a private life, there was a need to protect public health.

  • The Istanbul Convention Ignites Europe‚Äôs Cultural Wars

    April 12, 2021

    Politico reports that after nearly ten years, the Istanbul Convention, which was intended to « protect women against all forms of violence » and was signed by the 45 Council of Europe member countries, is today causing division as Eastern and Western Europe enter a culture war concerning the definition of gender.

  • French President Macron Closes ENA

    April 12, 2021

    President Macron has announced the closure of the highly selective French National School of Administration (ENA), which has trained the country’s ruling class since 1945, in hope’s of reforming top civil servants’ recruitment and training.

  • French GDPR Ruling Addresses US Surveillance Powers

    April 07, 2021

    Addressing a recent claim that the vaccination program scheduling site held security risks for patient data, the Conseil d’État ruled that organizations can deploy legal and technical safeguards to meet their obligations under EU data protection law when seeking to prevent US authorities from accessing personal data stored with their outsourcing providers.


  • UK to Pilot COVID Certificates

    April 07, 2021

    As the U.K. heads towards reopening the economy, Britain will start piloting domestic COVID certificates this month, granting access to selected venues including sports stadiums and nightclubs, to those who have had the vaccine or natural immunity, but businesses, including pubs and restaurants, will not be required to ask customers to prove their COVID status due to concerns of discrimination.

  • Venice Commission Publishes 13 Opinions

    March 29, 2021

    The Council of Europe’s Venice Commission published 13 opinions that were adopted during its plenary session , which was held entirely online due to continued COVID-19 restriction.

  • EU to Propose Digital Green Pass for Travel

    March 03, 2021

    Politico reports that the European Commission will propose a new digital green pass to re-open travel that will include proof of the traveller's vaccination as well as the results of recent COVID-19 tests.

  • 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.

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