Europe of Human Rights

In the recent weeks Europe was shaken by the signature of ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement). While Europe’s eyes are turned upon fighting with copyrights abuses, EU is proceeding with another agreement which might have a negative impact on human rights. On 13 December 2011 the Council has agreed to conclude the EU-US Passenger Name Record… » read more

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With the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty all Member States agreed that the EU should become a High Contracting Party to the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). In light of this obligation it is alarming that the accession is currently being sidetracked by political objections from the UK and France. On 25 January 2012,… » read more

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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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For decades Europe has fallen victim to different terrorist attacks. The policy of increased judicial cooperation between member states had already been agreed in Tampere Programme of 1999. A Council Framework Decision 2002/475/JHA on combating terrorism was adopted on 13 June 2002. The anti-terrorism policy has been extended after the 2004 bombings in Madrid, the… » read more

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On 13 December 2011 the Council gave its consent to the signing of a new EU-US agreement on Passenger Name Records (PNR). From the Council’s press release we learn that it will replace the existing one, which has been provisionally applied since 2007, and that now it is the European Parliament that has to give… » read more

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Doubtful procedures

In August 2011 Polish prosecution transferred to Belarus bank account information of Ales Bialatsky. On the basis of the information obtained by Belarusian authorities Bialatsky was sentenced to 4.5 years in a high security prison and his assets were confiscated. Today (12 December 2011) Polish airport border guard detained Ales Michalewicz. He was pursued with… » read more

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