16 January 2019

Moldova-ECHR: Activist’s conviction for using sculptures of genitals to protest against corruption was “manifestly disproportionate”

"In today’s Chamber judgment in the case of Mãtãsaru v. the Republic of Moldova (application no. 69714/16) the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been: a violation of Article 10 (freedom of expression) of the European Convention on Human Rights."

16 January 2019

Ireland: State seeks ‘leapfrog appeal’ of landmark Dwyer ruling on data retention law

"The State is to ask the Supreme Court to hear its appeal against a High Court ruling that sections of the Communications (Retention of Data) Act 2011 are inconsistent with EU law."

14 January 2019

EU: Bulgaria and Hungary are undermining the rule of law with "European supervision"

According to analyses published earlier this month by the website Verfassungsblog, the Bulgarian and Hungarian governments are undermining the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary whilst obtaining nominal approval for their actions from institutions such as the European Commission, the European Court of Human Rights and the Council of Europe's Venice Commission (formally known as the European Commission for Democracy through Law).

14 January 2019

Northern Ireland: PSNI agrees to publish policy on biometric data retention in court case settlement

"The PSNI will publish a formal public policy on its retention of biometric data after settling a case brought by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC)."

14 January 2019

EU Commission wants to use artificial intelligence for surveillance

"An EU document compares machine learning with the invention of electricity. A total of 20 billion euros is to be invested in research into „AI made in Europe“."

14 January 2019

EU: Council: Values of the Union - Hungary - Article 7 (1)

"Delegations will find in the Annex a Commission non-paper providing factual information on the values-related infringement proceedings in relation to Hungary."

14 January 2019

UK frees asylum seeker facing deportation to DRC

"A Congolese asylum seeker who was due to be removed from the UK on Christmas Day has been released from detention, a decision that has been welcomed by the community in Swansea that is supporting him."

10 January 2019

Infamous history: RAF veteran ‘admitted 1961 killing of UN secretary general’

"Exclusive: Cold case documentary casts new light on mystery of Dag Hammarskjöld’s plane crash."

09 January 2019

Refugee crisis: latest news from across Europe (3-9.1.19)

Including: - Sea Watch and Sea Eye allowed to disembark in Malta - Man dies in Moria camp on Lesvos, Greece and Oxfam condemns conditions - Italian mayors oppose Salvini's migration decree - UN report on conditions faced by migrants and refugees in Libya

09 January 2019

Greece: Migrant Found Dead at Lesvos Refugee Camp

"A 24-year-old man from Cameroon was found dead inside the Moria migrant camp on the eastern Aegean island of Lesvos early Tuesday morning."

09 January 2019

Irish passport card holders to be fingerprinted under new EU rules

New EU rules on national identity cards and travel documents will "compel Ireland to introduce fingerprinting" of all holders of the Irish passport card, according to a document circulated by the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the EU.

09 January 2019

UK: £4 billion of new contracts in asylum accommodation scheme criticised for "squalid, unsafe slum conditions"

The UK government has announced the signing of £4 billion of new contracts in an accommodation scheme that in its previous incarnation was criticised for leaving asylum seekers living in "squalid, unsafe slum conditions".

09 January 2019

Italian mayors oppose far-right Salvini’s xenophobic law

"The mayors of three large Italian cities are refusing to obey a controversial anti-immigration law penned by far-right deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini, condemning it as unconstitutional."

09 January 2019

UK: Stansted 15 launch appeal against 'disproportionate' convictions

"The 15 immigration activists found guilty of a terror offence for blocking the takeoff of a deportation charter flight from Stansted airport have launched an appeal against their convictions."

09 January 2019

Greece: Pregnant women, children and survivors of torture abandoned in Greek camps as screening system breaks down

"Hundreds of pregnant women, unaccompanied children and survivors of torture are being abandoned in refugee camps on the Greek islands, an Oxfam report revealed today. It details how the system to identify and protect the most vulnerable people has broken down due to chronic understaffing and flawed processes."


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