Parliamentary Assembly MP Petra de Sutter: International Migration Day has become an “inglorious day” for Europe

“The overcrowded hotspot facilities on the Greek islands are a crying shame,” declared the assembly’s General Rapporteur on conditions of reception of refugees and migrants. “Moria, the refugee camp on Lesbos, is not only a prison anymore. It has become a war zone where basic assistance and needs are not fulfilled.”

Turkey: Court decision in university students’ Kurdish language complaint

Human rights judges have ruled that Turkey was wrong to suspend or expel seven university students who requested Kurdish language classes.

Venice Commission: Poland’s recent reforms constitute “grave threat” to judiciary

In an opinion adopted today, the Council of Europe’s Commission for Democracy through Law (“Venice Commission”) concludes that the cumulative effect of proposed reforms to two laws and recently adopted amendments to a third law “puts at serious risk” the independence of “all parts” of the Polish judiciary.

Netherlands: Court throws out Feyenoord football club human rights challenge against top salary tax hike

Financial holding companies P. Plaisier B.V. and D.E.M. Management Services B.V., and professional football club employer, Feyenoord Rotterdam N.V., complained that the tax, approved in 2013 but applied to 2012 salaries, was unforeseeable, unfair and discriminatory.

Committee of Ministers launches infringement proceedings against Azerbaijan

The Committee of Ministers of the 47-nation Council of Europe has launched infringement proceedings against Azerbaijan due to the authorities’ continuing refusal to ensure the unconditional release of opposition politician Ilgar Mammadov following a judgment from the European Court of Human Rights in 2014.