EU action shows ‘intimidation campaign’ against those defending asylum-seekers will not be tolerated

Responding to a decision by the European Commission to refer Hungary’s “Stop Soros” legislation to the Court of Justice of the European Union and to launch a new infringement procedure against Hungary for denying food to people in the border area with Serbia, Eve Geddie, Director of Amnesty International’s European Institutions office said: “Today’s decision Weiterlesen

Nordirland: riesiger Schritt für Abtreibungsrechte und gleichgeschlechtliche Ehe nach Abstimmung des Londoner Unterhauses

Die Abgeordneten im Unterhaus des britischen Parlaments haben mit 328 zu 65 Stimmen für einen Gesetzentwurf zur Liberalisierung der Abtreibungsrechte und Legalisierung der gleichgeschlechtlichen Ehe gestimmt. Diese Reformen sind nun in den entsprechenden Vorlagen festgehalten. In den nächsten Stufen durchläuft der Entwurf eine Abstimmung im Oberhaus und eine finale Abstimmung im Unterhaus. Dann treten die Weiterlesen

A Constitutional Crisis in the Hungarian Judiciary

“The Hungarian judiciary is facing a kind of ‘constitutional crisis’ since May 2018 while “checks and balances, which are crucial to ensuring judicial independence, have been further weakened within the ordinary court system”. These are findings by the European Association of Judges and the European Commission, both of which are following with concern the deterioration of Weiterlesen

Poland: Free courts, free people, judges standing for their independence

Since late 2015, the government of Poland has adopted and implemented a set of legislative and policy measures leading to undermine the independence of the judiciary, which is now vulnerable to political influence. As a consequence of the “reform” of the judiciary, the National Council of the Judiciary (NCJ)had lost its autonomy, and pursuant to Weiterlesen

France: Call for suspending the use of rubber bullets fired with the LBD40 and for banning grenades GLI-F4 in the context of policing protests

According to official statistics, since the beginning of the cycle of protests of the so-called “Yellow Vests” in November 2018, more than 2,200 protesters and 1,500 law enforcement officials have suffered injuries in the context of demonstrations. In March 2019, the IGPN (Inspection Générale de la Police Nationale) and IGGN (Inspection Générale de la Gendarmerie Weiterlesen