April 15, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Wednesday urged the EU to put into place a search and rescue operation in the Mediterranean following reports of 400 lives lost at sea. HRW acting deputy Europe and Central Asia director Judith Sutherland stated that if reports from a recent confirmed shipwreck, from ...[read more]
April 7, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled Tuesday that the beating of a 62-year-old man by an Italian police officer during the Genoa G-8 summit in July of 2001 amounted to torture. Arnaldo Cestaro, the injured, was in a school when police stormed the building and, though he was being ...[read more]
March 30, 2015
by Sarah Boehme
Judges at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) ruled Monday that Serbian leader Vojislav Seselj violated conditions of his provisional release and must return to the court's cellblock in The Hague. Seselj, who was released in November for medical treatment in ...[read more]
March 18, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a treaty Wednesday to tighten control over the South Ossetia breakaway region. The treaty calls for full integration of the South Ossetia economy and military into Russia's. The treaty further makes it easier for citizens to gain Russian citizenship and ...[read more]
February 19, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
Amnesty International (AI) acknowledged some positive signs from the European Commission's announcement on the migration crisis in the Mediterranean on Thursday but encouraged the Commission to develop concrete solutions that protect and save lives. AI explained the European Commissioner for ...[read more]
February 10, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled Tuesday that UK prisoners who had been prevented from voting are not entitled to receive compensation for their legal costs. The 1,015 petitioners are current or ex-prisoners whom the Representation of the People Act of 1983 prevented from voting in ...[read more]
February 9, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
Bulgarian authorities are failing to address hate crimes, leading to a state of fear, Amnesty International (AI) report Monday. According to AI, over the past two years the number of asylum seekers crossing the border from Turkey to Bulgaria increased almost ten-fold, causing an increase in hate ...[read more]
February 5, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants François Crépeau said Thursday that the EU must bank on the mobility of migrants in order to secure its borders. The EU, he said, must accept that migrants will continue to enter the EU by any means possible, and therefore must offer ...[read more]
February 3, 2015
by Bradley McAllister
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled Tuesday that the methodology used by British courts to determine whether to mitigate whole-life sentences does not violate Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which bars inhuman and degrading treatment. Arthur Hutchinson was seeking ...[read more]
January 30, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
A spokesperson for the Kyrgyzstan government discussed proposed legislation that would allow the Kyrgyz government to shut down media outlets without requiring a court decision with Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) Friday. Justice Ministry spokesman Emir Zulpuev told RFE/RL that the ...[read more]

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