Human Rights

  • Poland Announces Online Freedom of Speech Bill

    December 30, 2020

    Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro has announced a new bill proposal that would create a special court for freedom of speech as well as an initiative to limit social media services removal or blocking of content if it does not break Polish law.

  • Ukrinform: Zelensky Signs Law Restoring Full Operation of NAPC

    December 28, 2020

    President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky has signed into law an Institutional Mechanism for Prevention of Corruption after Ukraine's Constitutional Court made a move in October to limit the National Agency on Corruption Prevention's (NACP) ability to check corruption in the country, including verifying state officials asset declarations.

  • Hackers Attack ECtHR Website After Ruling on Turkey Case

    December 28, 2020

    Following a ruling that ordered Turkey to immediately release Selahattin Demirtas, a former leader of the pro-Kurdish HDP party, hackers launched a cyberattack on the website of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) keeping it offline for over 16 hours.

  • EU Top Court Rules Hungary’s Asylum Policies Violate EU law

    December 21, 2020

    The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) found that Hungary violated EU law after they set harsh asylum policies during the 2015 European refugee crisis when hundreds of thousands of refugees passed their border, crossing from Serbia.

  • EU Sets New Cybersecurity Plan

    December 17, 2020

    The European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy presented a new Cybersecurity Strategy with the goal strengthening cooperation with partners around the world, and "promote a global, open, stable and secure cyberspace, grounded in the rule of law, human rights, fundamental freedoms and democratic values."

  • Former Judge to Lead Human Rights Law Review

    December 08, 2020

    The BBC reports that former Court of Appeal judge Sir Peter Gross has been appointed to lead an independent review of the Human Rights Act to examine whether the 1998 act that allows UK nationals to rely on the European Convention of Human Rights in domestic courts is working effectively

  • The Guardian: BPAS Reports "Two-Child Limit" Policy Influencing Abortions

    December 07, 2020

    According to the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), the recent and controversial “two-child limit” policy, which restricts the amount that larger families can receive in social security benefits, was a key factor in many women’s decisions to terminate their pregnancy during the pandemic.

  • New EU Privacy Protects May Endanger Children

    November 30, 2020

    As new privacy protections are set to take effect in the European Union in December, children’s rights advocates argue that they will put millions of children at increased risk worldwide, as big tech firms will be banned from using automatic detection tools that are routinely employed to identify material containing images of child abuse, or to detect online grooming.

  • AP: Global Response as Domestic Violence Worsens Amid Covid-19

    November 25, 2020

    Domestic violence is on the rise amid the coronavirus pandemic and activists are promoting global action and holding demonstrations from France to Turkey today as those in power attempt to find ways to protect women killed or abused by partners.

  • French Bill Makes Intimidation on Religious Grounds a Crime

    November 20, 2020

    Following the death of french history teacher Samuel Paty, who was beheaded after an online campaign for showing his students cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, French leaders have drafted a law that will make intimidation on religious grounds a crime.

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