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The week of 23 – 27 January was very important as far as human rights in Europe are concerned. Effectiveness of the ECHR The Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly had their weekly session. Parliamentarians started with the adoption of the report of the effectiveness of the European Convention of Human Rights protection system. The report… » read more

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On 25 January 2012 David Cameron, the British Prime Minister, gave a speech during the meeting of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. The speech was on one hand full of compassion over the raising backlog of cases pending before the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), on the other hand it stressed… » read more

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Websites of Polish authorities are under attack. The entire Internet community is outraged. There are plans of protests in the streets. A number of sites in a gesture of solidarity have scheduled blackouts. This is all in reaction to the news that on January 26 the Polish minister of foreign affairs will sign the Anti-Counterfeiting… » read more

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The situation in Hungary seems to be more and more alarming. The ruling party FIDESZ, headed by Victor Orban, is undertaking legislative initiatives which have a degrading impact on respect of human rights and democratic standards. The recent developments, mainly the reform of the Central Bank, despite the negative assessment of the European Commission may… » read more

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On 16th December 2011, Polish Supreme Administrative Court declared that “amounts of money” paid for undue length of civil or criminal proceedings should be exempted from taxation. Those amounts are paid on the basis of special law of 2004 on complaint on excessive length of proceeding (skarga na przewlekłość postępowania). Tax authorities had unclear approach… » read more

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