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The Russian Duma adopted on 12 July 2012 a law limiting freedom of expression on the Internet. The law “on the protection of children from information harmful to their health and development” makes it possible for any website to be listed in a forbidden pages register and closed down. The list of reasons, besides child… » read more

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Recent events show that the answer to this question may at times be less obvious than it seems to be when reading the Treaties. Law on Schengen once again became a source of controversies. This time they concern the division of power between the Council and the European Parliament. Last month we witnessed a heated… » read more

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The Council of the European Union adopted on the 25 of June 2012 the long awaited and delayed “Strategic Framework and Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy”. The Framework sets out principles, objectives and priorities, all designed to improve the effectiveness and consistency of EU policy towards third countries as a whole in the… » read more

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Ales Bialiatski was arrested by Belarusian authorities in August 2011. Basing on the information obtained from Polish and Lithuanian authorities he was accussed of tax evasion and sentenced to 4,5 years of imprisonment. He is now serving his sentence in a penal colony, where according he the most recent news, he is being pressured by… » read more

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Homophobia in football

Do the provisions of the directive on equal treatment in employment apply when a shareholder of a football club makes a homophobic statement to the mass media? Romanian court made a reference for a preliminary ruling (Case C-81/12).

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Baku, Azerbaijan will host on the 22 May 2012 the Eurovision song contest organized by the European Broadcasting Union. Broadcasting of this week’s events can be the occasion for European media to transmit information about the deficit of democracy in the country and the constant violations of human rights. Will they be brave, considering the… » read more

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The Fundamental Right Agency (FRA) together with the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) is launching a survey on women’s well-being and safety in Europe. The survey’s aim is to collect comprehensive data about domestic violence among 40,000 women who will be interviewed. The survey will focus not only on the experience of violence but… » read more

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Attack on human rights

Governments want to “amend” the European Convention on Human Rights. If the worst-case scenario comes true, it will undermine the integrity and authority of the European Court of Human Rights, and lead to the slow dismantling of the European system of human rights protection. The UK Chairmanship of the Council of Europe will hold a… » read more

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A few days ago, on the occasion of the new own-initiative report, the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) held a public hearing entitled “What is new on the alleged CIA illegal detention and transfers of prisoners in Europe?” The hearing showed that there was still a lot of resistance… » read more

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