New anti-corruption evaluation report on Italy

The Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) Fourth Round Evaluation Report on Italy praises the work of the country’s Anticorruption Authority (ANAC) but wants “a thorough overhaul” of the current system and more efficient control and accountability mechanisms.

United Kingdom: Whole life sentences are compatible with European human rights law

Judges have agreed that whole life imprisonment does not breach European human rights law, rejecting a complaint from a convicted rapist and triple murderer against the United Kingdom.

Court: Ban on US nationals adopting Russian children led to unlawful discrimination

The applications were brought by 45 US nationals: both on their own behalf, and on behalf of 27 Russian children.

Court: Hungarian authorities failed to protect Roma against racist abuse during anti-Roma demo

In its judgement in the case of Király and Dömötör v. Hungary (application no. 10851/13), the court declared that “the applicants’ psychological integrity had not been effectively protected against what had amounted to nothing less than organised intimidation of the Roma community, by means of a paramilitary parade, verbal threats and speeches advocating a policy of racial segregation.

Nils Muižnieks: Adoption of migrant reforms will tarnish Slovenia

The Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks, has written to Dr Milan Brglez, the President of the National Assembly of Slovenia to warn law-makers that their adoption of the changes would “tarnish” the country’s image.