Human Rights

  • ECtHR: Lithuanian Life Sentences Violate Rights

    August 02, 2017

    The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has held that various measures permitting the review in Lithuania of prisoners' life sentences for aggravated offenses, including a presidential pardon process, did not allow these prisoners a sufficient prospect of release as required by European human rights law.

  • UK Governing Party Delays Human Rights Reform

    July 31, 2017

    The Daily Telegraph reports that, in the lead-up to the British general election in June, the currently governing Conservative Party asserted in its manifesto that it would only consider repealing the UK Human Rights Act, which transposes the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) into domestic law, after the country leaves the EU.

  • UK Pushes Back on Post-Brexit ECJ Role in Britain

    July 26, 2017

    The BBC reports that UK Brexit Secretary David Davis is pushing back on demands by the European Parliament's top Brexit negotiator, Guy Verhofstadt, and other EU officials that, following Brexit, the UK subordinate its courts to the authority of the Court of Justice of the EU (ECJ) on issues relating to the rights of EU citizens.

  • ECJ: Parent of EU Citizen Has Brought Right to Remain

    July 24, 2017

    EUobserver reports on a recent ruling of the Court of Justice of the EU (ECJ) in which the Court held that a parent who is the main caregiver to a child who is an EU citizen has the right to remain in the bloc, as that parent's removal from the EU could require their child to leave and lose access to EU rights and benefits.

  • CoE Committee Criticizes Austrian Minority Policies

    July 21, 2017

    The Council of Europe’s (CoE) Advisory Committee to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities has criticized Austria for its "inconsistent," non-centralized approach to the legal protection of a wide range of listed national ethnic minorities, including the lack of a central mandate on bilingualism.

  • CoE Body Weighs in on Pretrial Detention

    July 20, 2017

    The Council of Europe's (CoE) Committee for the Prevention of Torture has called for countries to hold people charged with crimes in detention while they await trial only when "absolutely necessary" and to use alternative measures in all other cases to prevent prison overcrowding.

  • UK Brexit Bill Rejects EU Rights Charter

    July 19, 2017

    The Guardian reports that the British Government's EU (withdrawal) bill specifically rejects the application of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights in the UK after Brexit, reflecting concerns of some observers that continued application of the Charter would permit the Court of Justice of the EU to maintain jurisdiction in Britain.

  • UK Conservatives Drop ECtHR Pledge

    July 19, 2017

    The International Business Times reports that, prior to the country's general election in June, the ruling UK Conservative Party dropped its pledge to loosen or cut ties with the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in the near future to make room for the time required for Brexit negotiations.

  • Opinion: States Should Always Follow ECtHR Judgments

    July 19, 2017

    Emphasizing the binding nature of all decisions of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) on countries within its jurisdiction, former German Justice Minister Herta Däubler-Gmelin criticizes Russia and other "increasingly authoritarian" countries for "selectively ignoring" ECtHR judgments.

  • EU Introduces Broad-reaching "Pillar of Social Rights"

    July 17, 2017

    The European Commission recently launched its EU Pillar of Social Rights on labor rights and social protection, along with a mechanism to monitor the progress of EU member states on the Pillar, as a "compass for a renewed process of upward convergence towards better working and living conditions in Europe."

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