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- Press release by the European Commission, published on 31 March 2021, available here. Today, the European Commission decided to refer Poland to the Court of Justice of the European Union regarding the law on the judiciary of 20 December 2019, which entered into force on 14 February 2020. The ...
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- Follow-up report by the Council of Europe published on 09 March 2021, available here. “European countries are failing to protect refugees and migrants trying to reach Europe via the Mediterranean. Backsliding in the protection of the lives and rights of refugees and migrants is worsening and causing thousands of ...
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- Review published by the Expert Council on NGO Law of the Council of Europe, published on  25 February 2021, available here. The Expert Council on NGO Law of the Council of Europe published a review that examines practices related to participation of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in policy development in the member States ...
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- By the Expert Council on NGO Law,  31/03/2021, accessible here The bill to strengthen respect for the principles of the Republic by all, currently before the French Parliament, seeks to create new obligations for associations and to extend the controls over them. The Expert Council on NGO Law is ...
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Commissioned by the European Parliament's Policy Department for Citizens' Rights and Constitutional Affairs at the request of the LIBE Committee, this study covers the challenges facing the civil society space. Watchdog NGOs and other human rights defenders have been under pressure during the humanitarian and rule of law ‘crises’. Several ...
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European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) report. This paper presents key findings from FRA’s second consultation of its Fundamental Rights Platform, focusing on the experiences of civil society organisations (CSOs) working on human rights. FRA started an annual consultation with organisations participating in its platform in 2018. The second ...
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Article 2 of the Treaty on European Union (TEU) enshrines the Union's founding values. As these shared values are binding on Member States and the European Union (EU) institutions, several mechanisms have been created to promote them and ensure they are respected. EU institutions have made several proposals to strengthen ...
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Press release published by the European Commission. The European Commission has today published the first EU-wide report on the rule of law. Today's report includes input from every Member State and covers both positive and negative developments across the EU. It shows that many Member States have high rule of law standards, ...
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The European Economic and Social Committee: underlines that the weakening of the rule of law affects the functioning of society, fundamental rights, civil society, as well as the economy; calls on the European Commission to make efforts to measure the economic impact of the rule of law, taking into account ...
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Report published in June 2020 - accessible here The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic touches nearly every aspect of daily life in the European Union (EU). As infection and death rates continued to fall in May, governments took additional steps to lift the restrictive measures imposed at the start of ...
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Article originally published on CoE website, 6 July 2020 - accessible here The Expert Council on NGO Law publishes its opinion on the recently adopted and planned measures that affect NGOs working in Greece on asylum, migration, and social inclusion. The Expert Council found the measures to be an excessive ...
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Article originally published on FRA website, 24 June 2020 - accessible here FRA’s Fundamental Rights Survey collected data from 35,000 people about their experiences, perceptions and opinions on a range of issues that are variously encompassed by human rights. This report presents a small selection of the survey results. It ...
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Article originally published on EESC website, 22 June 2020 - accessible here The Fundamental Rights and Rule of Law (FRRL) Group of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has published a report on national developments in the area of fundamental rights and the rule of law from a civil ...
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Article originally published on BDS website, 11 June 2020 - accessible here ECHR rules unanimously that French highest court’s criminal conviction of Israel boycott advocates violates the European Convention on Human Rights’ freedom of expression article. Decision has major implications for anti-BDS state repression in Europe including Germany, where advocates ...
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- By the Council of Europe The civil society sector has been involved and present on the ground since the beginning of the crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Civil Society Organisations, activists and volunteers around the World assist the vulnerable population and monitor the respect of fundamental rights and ...
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- Find the call for inputs here   Deadline: 12 June 2020Issued by: Special Rapporteur on freedom of peaceful assembly and associationPurpose: To inform the SR’s report to be presented to the 75th session of the General AssemblyBackgroundThis year marks the 10th anniversary of the mandate of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the ...
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- European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, 28 March 2020 The Coronavirus pandemic continues to interrupt everyday life in the EU in unprecedented ways. But the way it affects our societies is shifting. As governments gradually lift some of the measures put in place to contain the spread of COVID-19, ...
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Press release published on the European Parliament website, 25 May 2020 - accessible here The attacks on the rule of law, democracy and fundamental rights in Poland need to be addressed urgently, say a majority of MEPs in the Civil Liberties Committee. In a committee debate on Monday, Juan Fernando ...
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Report published by the United Nations Human Rights Regional Office for Europe, May 2020 Introduction Respect for the rule of law is declining worldwide – a persistent trend evident even in established democracies. For the third year in a row, the World Justice Project Rule of Law Index1  shows more countries with declining respect than ...
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Article originally published on Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, 8 April 2020 - accessible here The PACE co-rapporteurs for the functioning of democratic institutions in Poland, Pieter Omtzigt (Netherlands, EPP/CD) and Azadeh Rojhan Gustafsson (Sweden, SOC), have expressed their concern at the possibility that the May 2020 Presidential ...
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Article originally published on European Parliament's LGBTI Intergroup 2 April 2020 - accessible here Trans and gender-diverse persons continue to face discrimination, harassment and violence throughout the EU. The most recent move in the EU happened on 31 March 2020, Transgender Day of Visibility. Resorting to an omnibus proposal, the ...
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Statement published on the website of the Government of the Netherlands, 1 April 2020 - accessible here Statement by Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden In this unprecedented situation, it is legitimate that Member States adopt ...
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Article originally published on Council of Europe website, 8 April 2020 - accessible here The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić, has issued a toolkit for governments across Europe on respecting human rights, democracy and the rule of law during the COVID-19 crisis. The Information Document was sent to all ...
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Article originally published on EESC website, 6 April 2020 - accessible here For an urgent and comprehensive European economic recovery plan The COVID-19 crisis represents first of all a human health emergency, secondly a severe economic and social threat and thirdly a potential challenge for democratic institutions. Facing this crisis – ...
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Article originally published on Council of Europe website, 16 April 2020 - accessible here “Despite the unprecedented challenges European countries face due to COVID-19, saving lives at sea and disembarking survivors in a safe port must continue”, stated today Dunja Mijatović, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights. The ...
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Update April 2021: The Commission sent a formal notice warning Hungary over its failure to respect the ECJ’s ruling on its anti-NGO law and asking to “reply to the concerns raised by the Commission” within a period of two months. In case of non-compliance, Hungary may face financial sanctions. .@EUCourtPress was ...
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The EU Fundamental Rights Agency released its first report monitoring the implication for fundamental rights in the EU amid the Coronavirus crisis. The report, published in April 2020, is available here for download Key Findings The outbreak of COVID-19 affects people’s daily life in the 27 EU Member States. As ...
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Article originally published on OSCE website, 30 March 2020 - accessible here The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Harlem Désir, expressed his concerns today about the provisions of the Romanian coronavirus response decree that grants the government special powers to curb freedom of information in the country. On ...
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Article originally published on Council of Europe website, 24 March 2020 - accessible here Letter from Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić, for the attention of Viktor Orbán, Prime Minister of Hungary “The COVID-19 pandemic legitimately prompted Council of Europe member states to take drastic measures to protect public ...
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Ongoing monitoring by UNHCR - accessible here Displaced people and host communities all over the world are at heightened risk as the coronavirus pandemic spreads. The ongoing monitoring UNHCR is doing shows the actions that are being taken all over the world, including Europe by organisations– along with UNHCR staff and ...
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Article originally published on European parliament website, 24 March 2020 - accessible here The Civil Liberties Committee highlights that any extraordinary measure adopted by the Hungarian government in response to the pandemic must respect the EU’s founding values. Following developments in Hungary, where the government is trying to expand its ...
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Ongoing initiative by European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) - accessible here The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) is collecting and analysing relevant data and information on the impact for people’s fundamental rights of the measures taken by EU Member States in response to the outbreak of ...
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Article originally published on OSCE website, 19 March 2020 - accessible here In light of the growing disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the monitors for freedom of expression and freedom of the media for the United Nations, the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights, and the Representative on Freedom of ...
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Article originally published on Council of Europe website, 26 March 2020 - accessible here I call on all Council of Europe member states to review the situation of rejected asylum seekers and irregular migrants in immigration detention, and to release them to the maximum extent possible. In the face of ...
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Article originally published on Council of Europe, 26 March 2020 - accessible here The Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) has published today a statement of principles relating to the treatment of persons deprived of their liberty in the ...
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Article originally published on Council of Europe website, 16 March 2020 - accessible here “Millions of people around the world are living through extremely tough times because of the rapid global spread of the coronavirus, COVID-19. All my thoughts are with the people infected, the families and people close to ...
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Article originally published on Council of Europe website, 3 March 2020 - accessible here The human rights situation at the border between Turkey and Greece where thousands of vulnerable men, women and children are trapped between borders without access to assistance or the possibility to seek international protection is an ...
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Article originally published on European Greens website, 27 February 2020 - accessible here The 27th February 2020 marks the sixth time that World NGO Day is celebrated globally. This day is dedicated to those in our society who carry out the invaluable work that governments neglect or ignore. It is ...
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Article by  Council of Europe - 22 January 2020, accessible here. The Conference of INGOs is celebrating World NGO Day with the holding of a seminar in Brussels on 28 February entitled “From the Past to the Future : A Living Civic Space for a Living Democracy”. The emergence of ...
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Introduction taken from Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe website - December 2019. The  full publication is accessible here. The Expert Council on NGO Law has a study entitled “Using Criminal Law to Restrict the Work of NGOs Supporting Refugees and Other Migrants in Council of Europe Member States” ...
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(Hungarian Helsinki Committee - 14 January 2020) According to the Court of Justice Advocate General’s opinion, the fact that under the Hungarian 2017 Lex NGO, civil society organisations receiving foreign donations are subject to restrictions violates the right to the protection of private life and the right to freedom of association and ...
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Welcome to the Online Consultation 13 Jan - 24 Jan 2020 From 13 Jan - 24 Jan 2020, please contribute to the development of the UN coherent and systematic approach to protecting and promoting civic space. The feedback and recommendations received during the consultations will feed into the development of ...
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(Council of Europe - 6 November 2019) The Conference of INGOs adopted the revised Code of Good Practice at its plenary meeting on 30 October 2019. Ten years on from the first edition of the Code, new trends in civil participation and recent documents such as the Guidelines for civil ...
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(Council of Europe - 9 December 2019) Over the last year, protests have multiplied across the planet, from Chile to Hong-Kong. Europe is not left out of this wave of demonstrations. Protests are taking different forms, from large and repeated demonstrations to the occupation of public places and spontaneous assemblies ...
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(European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights - 2 December 2019) Ensuring access to effective remedy is an important part of global efforts to encourage business conduct that respects human rights. A new Fundamental Rights Agency’s (FRA) paper looks at examples of business-related human rights abuse and identifies key factors facilitating ...
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(Fundamental Rights Agency) - November 2019 Facial recognition technology (FRT) makes it possible to compare digital facial images to determine whether they are of the same person. Comparing footage obtained from video cameras (CCTV) with images in databases is referred to as ‘live facial recognition technology’. Examples of national law ...
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Article by European Center For Not-For-Profit Law - 14 November 2019 (Updated 11 February 2020) The UN Human Rights Committee concluded the first reading of the draft General Comment no. 37 on Article 21, ICCPR (Right to peaceful assembly) during its 127th session in October and November 2019. The revised ...
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(European Economic and Social Committee) Interim Report - November 2019 The Fundamental Rights and Rule of Law (FRRL) Group was created as a horizontal body within the European Economic and Social Committee in 2018, and was tasked with enhancing the contribution of organised civil society in strengthening fundamental rights, democracy ...
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(Council of Europe) On behalf of the Conference of INGOs and its Expert Council on NGO Law, we express our concern regarding legal proceedings for de-registration of the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee (BHC), which were recently initiated by the Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organisation (VRMO) in Bulgaria. We believe that this kind ...
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(EURACTIV) By Birgit Van Hout Human rights defenders are essential to democracy. Yet, the intimidation of human rights defenders in the European Union has become a serious problem and the implications for democracy are profound. Decision-makers at all levels have a responsibility to protect civic space in the European Union, writes ...
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(OHCHR) Deadline: 15 October 2019 Issued by: OHCHR Purpose: Thematic Report Resolution: Human Rights Council resolution 38/11 Presented to: Human Rights Council When: 44th session, June 2020 Why this call for input? At its thirty-eighth session, the Human Rights Council adopted resolution 38/11 in which it requested the United Nations High Commissioner for ...
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(Council of Europe) The independence of the judiciary underpins the rule of law and is essential to the functioning of democracy and the observance of human rights. The fundamental right to a ‘fair trial’ by an ‘independent and impartial tribunal established by law’ is enshrined in the European Convention on ...
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Council of Europe issued an alert on what happened while G7 was taking place in Biarritz, France concerning threats on media freedom. (Council of Europe)Several journalists present in Biarritz and Bayonne to cover the G7 summit on 24 and 25 August 2019 were subjected to abusive police controls and arbitrary confiscation ...
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(Helsińska Fundacja Praw Człowieka) The HFHR has filed an amicus curiae brief before the Regional Court in Kraków in a case concerning the conduct of several participants of a monthly commemoration of the Smolensk catastrophe towards a journalist reporting on the event, Gazeta Wyborcza’s Paweł Figurski. On 10 August 2017, ...
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(Council of Europe) Freedom of association is a fundamental human right It is protected as an individual’s fundamental human right by the European Convention on Human Rights and may only be subjected to restrictions “necessary in a democratic society. Freedom of association is also an important enabling factor to the ...
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(European Commission) Press release Brussels, 17 July 2019 Building on the lessons learnt since 2014 and detailed consultations since April this year, the Commission has today decided on a series of measures to further strengthen the rule of law in Europe. Over the past five years, the European Commission has ...
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Amnesty International Hungary published a report jointly with the Hungarian Helsinki Committee with regard to the independence of the judiciary in Hungary. The report relies for its analysis on findings by the European Association of Judges and the European Commission. "Beyond growing attempts by Hungarian authorities to exert political control ...
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(OHCHR) Budapest, 17 July 2019 Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. I would like to start by thanking the Government of Hungary for the invitation extended to me for this official visit. Conducting country visits to monitor the human rights situation of migrants and to engage in a dialogue with Governments ...
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(OHCHR) GENEVA (18 July 2019) – UN human rights experts have expressed grave concern over the detention and criminal proceedings in Italy against the German captain of the migrant rescue vessel Sea-Watch 3, and stated that the threats to the judge who ruled her release were unlawful. “Rescuing migrants in ...
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(Council of Europe) The Expert Council on the NGO Law is currently preparing a thematic study on the impact of changing criminal law approaches or provisions in Council of Europe Member States on NGO activities, particularly humanitarian efforts targeting refugees and other migrants. The aim is to cover as many national contexts ...
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(OHCHR) The Human Rights Committee, in accordance with article 40, paragraph 4, of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and Rule 76 of its Rules of Procedure, is mandated to prepare general comments on the various articles and provisions of the Covenant with a view to assisting States parties ...
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(European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights) In 2018, some 2,299 people are estimated to have died or gone missing at sea while crossing the sea to reach Europe to escape war or persecution or to pursue a better life. This is on average more than six people per day. Before ...
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(Council of Europe) “European states’ approach to migration in the Mediterranean Sea has become much too focused on preventing refugees and migrants from reaching European shores, and too little on the humanitarian and human rights aspects.This approach is having tragic consequences”, said Dunja Mijatović, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human ...
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(OHCHR - GENEVA, 20 May 2019) – UN human rights experts* have condemned a proposed draft decree by Italy’s interior minister, Matteo Salvini, to fine those who rescue migrants and refugees at sea, and urged the Government to halt its approval. “The right to life and the principle of non-refoulement ...
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(Council of Europe) Today the Commissioner published a letter she addressed to the Chairwoman of the Committee on Internal Affairs and Community of the Parliament of Germany, Andrea Lindholz, in which she raises concerns about some aspects of the bill that aims at facilitating removals of people obliged to leave ...
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(ECNL) The Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe (COE) has just released a Recommendation to CoE Member States on the impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on people’s lives and rights. The 10-point Recommendation provides guidance for national authorities and AI actors to maximise the potential of AI systems and prevent ...
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(International Service for Human Rights - 21/03/2019) The Human Rights Council has adopted a strong consensus resolution recognising the critical role of environmental human rights defenders in protecting vital ecosystems, addressing climate change, attaining the sustainable development goals (SDGs) and ensuring that no-one is left behind.  The resolution meets many of the civil society demands ISHR ...
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(OHCHR - 5 April 2019) The Hungarian Parliament has recently amended the laws on administrative courts, adopted in December 2018, in order to bring them in line with international standards. At that time, the Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Diego García-Sayán, addressed a communication to the Government ...
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(Council of Europe) In the wake of recent challenges to the independent functioning of associations and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), the Council of Europe's constitutional legal experts today adopted a report on standards with respect to foreign funding of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Council of Europe member states. Over the last four years, ...
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(The local) The UN human rights chief called Wednesday for a "full investigation" into the possible excessive use of force by French police during the "yellow vest" demonstrations. "The 'Gilets Jaunes' (yellow vests) have been protesting what they see as exclusion from economic rights and participation in public affairs," rights chief Michelle ...
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(Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights) In a memorandum containing her observations on the events linked to the so-called yellow vest movement, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, invites the French authorities to show more respect for human rights during operations aimed at maintaining public order ...
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On 12 November 2018, a group of UN Special Rapporteurs wrote to the Italian government over concerns of violations of migrants' rights as well as the criminalisation of solidarity. They wrote: In view of the allegations highlighted in the present letter, we continue to express concern about the violations of ...
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(GUE/NGL) The European Parliament has condemned the excessive force and violence* used by police forces on peaceful protesters across Europe in recent times which have left several dead, thousands injured with many with life-changing injuries. The vote came after MEPs from GUE/NGL demanded action after unrests in Romania, Spain, Hungary, Greece ...
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(OHCHR) GENEVA (14 February 2019) — The right to protest in France has been disproportionately curtailed during the recent “gilets jaunes” protests and the authorities should rethink their law enforcement policies to guarantee the exercise of freedoms, say a group of UN human rights experts*. “Since the start of the yellow ...
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(OHCHR) GENEVA (6 February 2019) – UN human rights experts* are urging the UK not to use security and terrorism-related legislation to prosecute peaceful protesters, following the conviction of the so-called Stansted 15, who took action at the airport in south-east England to prevent a deportation flight. Following the conviction of ...
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(Council of Europe) “The high level of tension currently prevailing in France gives me cause for concern and I believe that there is an urgent need to calm the situation,” said Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatović today following her mission to Paris on 28 January to ...
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(European Commission)  The European Commission has today decided to send a reasoned opinion to Hungary concerning legislation that criminalises activities that support asylum and residence applications and further restricts the right to request asylum. On 19 July 2018, the Commission sent a letter of formal notice to Hungary concerning the new ...
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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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(FRA) Civil society organisations play a critical role in democracies, and the importance of their work is widely recognised in international legal and policy documents. However, they face many obstacles when it comes to their day-to-day work. Based on the results of an online consultation with FRA's civil society network, ...
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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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(Council of Europe) Statement by Anna Rurka, the President of the Council of Europe Conference of INGOs, regarding “The Hungarian government’s legislative package T/333 “2018 STOP Soros Act” As the President of the Conference of INGOs, I am extremely concerned by the criminalization of essential human rights work by NGOs in ...
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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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