Human Rights

  • 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.

  • UK's Labour Party Demands Social Media Silences Anti-Vaxxers

    November 16, 2020

    In a letter to the UK's Digital, Culture and Media Secretary, Olivier Downdon, the Labour Party requested that the Government require social media companies to delete any content containing anti-vaccine language.

  • EU Governments Expunge Language on Islamism in Joint Statement on Terrorism

    November 16, 2020

    Home Affairs ministers from European Union (EU) member-states have issued a joint statement on terrorism that diverged markedly from an initial draft that identified Islamist extremism as a terrorist threat and that called for the establishment of a European institute to train imams, with the final version making no mention of Islam and, instead, focusing on the need for integration of refugees and migrants and the promotion of religious education and training consistent with European values.

  • 200 French Lawyers Sign Open Letter to Protest Lockdown

    November 11, 2020

    In a letter originally published in "Le Journal du Dimanche and re-published in The Spectator, 200 french lawyers express their objection to the French government's new mandatory lockdown of society, highlighting that  health is 'a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity'.

  • CJEU Clarifies Rules for State Surveillance

    November 11, 2020

    The Court of Justice of the European Union ("CJEU") in an October decision, held that the national security laws of the United Kingdom, France, and Belgium, which require that providers of electronic communications services ("ECS") must retain traffic and location data on a general and indiscriminate basis, contravene EU law.

  • Dutch Teacher Threatened for Showing Charlie Hebdo Cartoons

    November 09, 2020

    One month after a teacher in France was beheaded for showing caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad to his class, a Dutch high school teacher was threatened after displaying the same Charlie Hebdo cartoons, leading to the arrest of an 18 year old woman and tensions in the Netherlands, as fears of ripple effects mount.

  • More EU Sanctions for Belarus Officials

    November 04, 2020

    EU ambassadors  approved sanctions including travel bans and asset freezes against a second list of 15 Belarusian officials, including President Alexander Lukashenko, who the bloc accuses of election fraud and repression.

  • New Sanctions Program to Address Human Rights Violations Proposed for EU

    October 28, 2020

    The European Commission and the EU's Foreign Policy High Representative have put forward a proposal for a new, non-country-based sanctions program to address human rights violations and abuses with asset freezes and travel bans which must be approved by all 27 Member States within the EU Council before it becomes law.

  • ECJ Rules against Government Collection of Citizen Mobile and Internet Data

    October 09, 2020

    The European Court of Justice ("ECJ") has ruled that, except in cases of national security, member states must not collect mass mobile and internet data of their citizens.

  • EU Nations Battle Over the Istanbul Convention

    October 09, 2020

    European Union institutions and member states spent Tuesday arguing in court over the legality of the Istanbul Convention, a 2014 treaty that requires States Parties to prevent and punish “all acts of gender-based violence that result in, or are likely to result in, physical, sexual, psychological or economic harm or suffering to women.” with thirteen of the Council’s 47 member states, including Hungary and the UK, refusing to sign the convention over concerns the treaty threatens traditional family values and oversteps EU law.

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