Human Rights

  • EU to Launch Pilot Program with Aim of Introducing a Digital ID Wallet

    December 21, 2022

    The European Union has announced the creation of a multi-country consortium including Denmark, Latvia, Iceland, Germany, and Norway, that will be the pilot program for the EU’s vision to launch a cross-border digital ID wallet.

  • UK Introduces Tighter Criteria on Illegal Arrivals Following Spike in Albanians Seeking Asylum

    December 14, 2022

    Following months of debate over the spike in Albanian citizens claiming asylum in Britain, Rishi Sunak will put in place tough new laws on illegal arrivals and tighter criteria around modern slavery claims.

  • German Police Launch Nationwide Raids Targeting Hate Speech on the Internet

    December 07, 2022

    As part of a nationwide effort to prevent what Germany has defined as hate speech online conducted annually since 2016, police searched homes and questioned suspects in 91 operations in 14 German states as part of an annual nationwide crackdown against online hate speech.

  • Politico: EU Leaders Grow Wary of China

    October 26, 2022

    Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo has stated that Beijing’s ‘hostile behavior’ warrants EU reevaluation as the EU leaders  agreed to discuss their relations with China at the recent European Council meeting.

  • EU Eighth Sanctions Plan Announces Russian Oil Price Cap

    September 28, 2022

    The EU’s latest sanctions package against Moscow is proposing a price cap on Russian oil following the Kremlin’s annoucement of annexation referendums in Russian-occupied areas of Ukraine and threats of nuclear weapons.

  • EU Commission President Proposes Mandatory Electricity Reduction in New Energy Crisis Plan

    September 09, 2022

    Ursula Von der Leyen has announced five proposals to curb the energy crisis in Europe including a mandatory reduction in electricity use during peak hours and a price cap on energy companies who produce electricity through low carbon methods.

  • Spain Orders Temperature Limits for Businesses to Conserve Energy before Winter

    August 03, 2022

    Aiming to reduce gas consumption by 7 percent in an effort to save energy before the winter, Spain's government ordered all businesses to limit their temperatures, air conditioning cannot be lowered below 27 degrees Celsius (80°F) in summer and heating cannot exceed 19 degrees Celsius (66°F) this winter.

  • EU Countries Agree on Mandatory Gas Cut Regulation

    July 27, 2022

    EU energy ministers agreed on a bloc-wide winter alert system to trigger mandatory cuts in natural gas consumption at the recent extraordinary energy council in Brussels including requiring that cuts of 15 percent can only be activated by a vote of the council.

  • Vaughn in Ruetir: Will the UK leave the European Court of Human Rights?

    July 20, 2022

    Despite Great Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, it has remained a member of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), a position which has come into question in recent days after resignation of Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the upcoming vote for a new leader.

  • ECtHR: Turkey Failed to Comply with Ruling to Release Jailed Philanthropist

    July 12, 2022

    The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), Europe's top rights court has said that Turkey had not complied with a ruling that called for the release of philanthropist Osman Kavala, who has received a life sentence without parole following a conviction of attempting to overthrow the government,  which could launch a process that may lead to Ankara's suspension from the Council of Europe (CoE).

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