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(Council of Europe) When terrorism spreads, states are often tempted to restrict fundamental freedoms for the sake of fighting it and preventing further attacks. Terrorism constitutes a serious threat to human rights and democracy and action by states is necessary to prevent and effectively sanction terrorist acts. However, the misuse of ...
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(Council of Europe) In a letter addressed to the Presidents of the Congress and the Senate of Spain published today, Commissioner Mijatović urges the Parliament to ensure that the review of the Law on Citizens’ Safety eliminates possibilities of disproportionate interference with the rights to freedom of expression and freedom ...
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(Council of Europe) The Expert Council on NGO Law of the Conference of INGOs has just published a review on international standards relating to reporting and disclosure requirements for NGOs. The review is prepared against the background of the perceived trend of Member States imposing onerous reporting and disclosure requirements on NGOs ...
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On 22 October, the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences and the Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice wrote a letter to the Italian government expressing concern on the pressure on spaces for women in the Capital. They ...
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(FRA) This note draws attention to the recent trend of criminalising search and rescue operations (SAR) in the Mediterranean Sea carried out by non-governmental organisations (NGOs) or other private entities. This includes seizing rescue vessels, as well as arrests for crew members, in some EU Member States. Most of such ...
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(European Parliament) Proposal approved by 448 votes to 197 EP sees a clear risk of a serious breach of the EU founding values in Hungary Judicial independence, freedom of expression, corruption, rights of minorities, and the situation of migrants and refugees are key concerns Council may address recommendations to Hungary ...
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(OHCHR) GENEVA (11 September 2018) – UN human rights experts* have expressed serious concerns about tough new measures in Hungary to stop migrants and refugees from entering the country, as well as the increased number of threats cast against civil society actors. On 1 July 2018, a new law – called ...
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(European Commission) Today, the European Commission decided to send a Reasoned Opinion to Poland regarding the Polish law on the Supreme Court. The new Polish law on the Supreme Court lowers the retirement age of Supreme Court judges from 70 to 65, which puts 27 out of 72 sitting Supreme ...
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The UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism, Nuala Ní Aoláin, raised concern over the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security law discussed by parliament. She said: "a series of provisions included in the draft bill fall short of the United Kingdom's obligations under international ...
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(BIRGIT VAN HOUT on the EUobserver) Recently, the European Commission published its proposals for the Multi-Annual Financial Framework Post-2020 (MFF), which will set the priorities and parameters for the EU budget after 2020. For the remainder of this year, and possibly into the first part of 2019, the European Parliament and the European ...
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(POLITICO) Viktor Orbán’s government is violating key EU rules and rights, Brussels says. By LILI BAYER The European Commission on Thursday referred Hungary to the European Court of Justice over its treatment of asylum seekers, declaring that Budapest is not complying with EU law. The referral is the final stage in an infringement ...
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(OHCHR) BRUSSELS (1 June 2018) - The Belgium Government’s commitment to uphold human rights obligations while countering terrorism serves as an example of good national practice, a UN human rights expert says. The Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism, Fionnuala Ní ...
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(OHCHR) PARIS/GENEVA (23 May 2018) – A UN human rights expert has commended efforts by France to combat terrorism but has raised concerns about the effect anti-terrorism laws have on the enjoyment of fundamental human rights including liberty, privacy, association, movement and religious freedom. The Special Rapporteur on the protection of ...
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(Venice Commission) President Gianni Buquicchio met with Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto to discuss the implementation of the Venice Commission’s opinion on the amendments to the Ukrainian Law on Secondary Education as well as the upcoming opinion on the new “stop Soros” legislative provisions. In relation to the latter, President Buquicchio ...
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(OHCHR) GENEVA (11 May 2018) – UN rights expert Fionnuala Ní Aoláin will visit France from 14 to 23 May to gather first-hand information on counter-terrorism initiatives and assess how they affect the promotion and protection of human rights. “I will seek to provide assistance to the French government in promoting ...
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(OHCHR) BRUSSELS (19 April 2018) – The UN Human Rights Regional Office for Europe welcomes the adoption Thursday by the European Parliament of a resolution calling for the establishment of a "Values Fund" or "Values Instrument" to support independent civil society organisations undertaking human rights work in countries within the European ...
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(European Parliament) Civil Liberties MEPs call for a new European Values Instrument to support civil society organisations which are active at local and national level in promoting EU fundamental values. Civil society organisations (CSOs) are facing difficulties to secure enough funds to develop and perform their activities independently and effectively, ...
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(OHCHR) The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, urged Spanish authorities to refrain from pursuing the criminal charge of rebellion against political figures and protesters in Catalonia that carries a jail sentence of up to 30 years. “Prosecutions for ‘rebellion’ that could lead ...
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(The shift) Over 30 MEPs have signed a statement calling on the Greek authorities to ensure that Maria Efimova is not returned to Malta and to offer her asylum for her protection. Maria Efimova – the Russian whistleblower at the centre of a corruption scandal involving Malta’s prime minister Joseph ...
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(European Centre for Press and Media Freedom) Benedek Jávor was one of six MEPs travelling to Slovakia in an ad hoc delegation by the European Parliament to make their presence felt after the murder of journalist Ján Kuciak. The mission's report is out now. There was a debate in Strasbourg ...
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(EUobserver) A group of 34 MEPs has called on the European Commission to check whether Spanish legislation on public offence is "fully aligned" with the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. The MEPs, from the Greens and GUE/NGL groups, as well as two liberals, say "freedom of expression under threat in ...
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(Council of Europe) I am seriously concerned at the legislative package recently announced by the Hungarian government under the name “Stop Soros”. If adopted by Parliament, it will introduce further arbitrary restrictions to the indispensable work of human rights NGOs and defenders in Hungary. In a letter I sent to the ...
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(Budapest Business Journal) With the receipt of the relevant petition from the European Commission, infringement proceedings begun against Hungary due to its legislation on foreign-funded NGOs has officially been put before the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), the Luxembourg-based court announced on Thursday. The EC announced in December that – ...
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(Liberties.eu) From smear campaigns to funding restrictions, governments across the EU are increasingly trying to silence human rights defenders. As the European Parliament prepares to debate the issue, Liberties offers its recommendations to improve the situation. On 18 January 2018, the Hungarian government launched ‘Stop Soros’, a package of draft laws ...
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(Index on censorship) MEPs David Casa (EPP), Ana Gomes (S&D), Monica Macovei (ECR), Maite Pagazaurtundúa (ALDE) Stelios Kouloglou (GUE) and Benedek Jávor (Greens) have joined forces to push for EU legislation that will address and end “SLAPPs” – lawsuits intended to intimidate and silence investigative journalists and independent media by ...
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(ECNL) A new report from the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) confirms that it has become harder for civil society organisations in the European Union to promote fundamental rights – due to both legal and practical restrictions. Verbal and physical attacks against activists, legal changes that negatively affect civil society, increased ...
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(European Parliament) MEPs back call for Poland to be declared at risk of breaching EU values MEPs’ concerns: separation of powers, independence of the judiciary and fundamental rights Treaties give power to EU leaders to act to stop a EU country from breaching EU values EU governments should swiftly determine ...
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(Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The European Union is setting a bad example by allowing some of its members to stifle human rights groups, which is encouraging crackdowns elsewhere in the world, a top United Nations official charged with defending rights activists said. Michel Forst said officials in Burundi, Democratic Republic ...
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(CIVICUS Monitor) EU takes Hungary to ECJ over crackdown 'aimed at George Soros': European commission says it is suing country over laws on education and foreign-backed civil society organisations https://t.co/E9XCAzhchF pic.twitter.com/IkB6rf2K9d— BG HelsinkiCommittee (@bg_helsinki) December 8, 2017 The European Commission is taking Hungary to the Court of Justice because of the government's ...
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(European Civic Forum) Today, the LIBE Committee of the European parliament organised a public hearing on the situation of fundamental rights and the Rule of Law in Hungary. Sitting in the panel with Judith SARGENTINI and Claude MORAES were also Marta PARDAVI from the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, Gábor POLYÁK from Mertek Media Monitor, Miklós SZÁNTHÓ (Centre for Fundamental Rights) and eventually ...
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(EURONEWS) European officials have called on Jean-Claude Juncker to cut off funding to Budapest until ‘basic democratic freedoms are reinstated’. European heavyweights have called on Brussels to cut funding to Hungary, according to a letter obtained exclusively by Euronews. The document, addressed to EU chief Jean-Claude Juncker, says money flows to ...
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(Euractiv.com)  On 14 September, MEPs voted against amendments to tighten controls on EU-funded non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that act “against EU interests”. A search for the proponents of these measures points to a pro-Israeli pressure group and a Glyphosate supporter. The amendments were tabled at the last minute by the centre-right European ...
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