Human Rights

  • Turkish Philanthropist Given Life Sentence by Istanbul Court Despite ECtHR Call for Immediate Release

    April 27, 2022

    A Turkish court has sentenced prominent civil rights activist and philanthropist Osman Kavala to life in prison without parole for attempting to overthrow the government, despite the European Court of Human Rights 2019 ruling that called for Kavala’s immediate release.

  • Politico: The Upcoming Battle for Between Elon Musk and the EU

    April 27, 2022

    Following Twitters acceptance of Elon Musk’s bid for $44 billion for the social media giant, Musk’s mission for free speech in the « digital town square » will meet resistance as the European Union passes new content rules aimed at stopping what they consider to be « hate speech ».

  • Links between Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights at the Heart of Event in Rome

    April 06, 2022

    The impact of Artificial Intelligence on human rights, democracy and the Rule of Law took center stage at a recent, high-level event co-organised by the Italian Presidency of the Committee of Ministers and the Council of Europe, at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in Rome.

  • EU Accuses Russian Troops of Committing Atrocities in Ukrainian Town Bucha

    April 04, 2022

    The European Union accused Russian troops of committing atrocities in the Kyiv region after the mayor of the town of Bucha said 300 residents had been killed during a month-long occupation by Russian forces with EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell calling for all cases to be pursued by the International Court of Justice.

  • Venice Commission statement regarding Ukraine

    March 23, 2022

    The Venice Commission released a statement that it fully supports the public statement by the ECtHR President on “the aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine”, expressing its full solidarity with Ukraine as its fighting for « the protection of our shared European principles and values of democracy, human rights and the rule of law. »

  • Russian Prosecutors Call for Navalny to Serve 13 Years in Prison

    March 17, 2022

    Russian prosecutors have added charges to jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny , including embezzlement and contempt of court, demanding he serve 13 years in prison.

  • The Russian Federation is excluded from the Council of Europe

    March 16, 2022

    After 26 years of membership, the Committee of Ministers decided in an extraordinary meeting that the Russian Federation is no longer a member of the Council of Europe, citing Article 8 to launch the procedure which states that any member of the Council of Europe which has seriously violated the rule of law, citizens’ freedoms and human rights may be suspended from its rights of representation.

  • EU Diplomats Increase Sanctions Against Russia

    March 09, 2022

    EU ambassadors agreed to more sanctions against Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, targeting more oligarchs, the maritime industry and will remove three Belarusian banks from the SWIFT international payment system.

  • Council of Europe Suspends Russia‚Äôs Rights of Representation

    March 02, 2022

    As a result of their recent armed attack of Ukraine, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe has suspended the Russian Federation from its rights of representation in the Committee of Ministers and in the Parliamentary Assembly.

  • A Long Road for Europe's Goal of Centralized Standards for AI

    February 17, 2022

    In an effort to create a centralized approach to setting a standard for artificial intelligence, EU lawmakers are beginning a potentially long process reaching a concensus and implementation many are not in agreement concerning the use of facial recognition, often varying between individual nations in the bloc.

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