Ireland: Nils Muižnieks’ national report – the key points on abortion

The Commissioner for Human Rights urges Ireland to “remove all legal provisions impeding access to safe and legal abortion, including by decriminalising abortion within reasonable gestational limits. At the very minimum however, the Irish authorities should ensure that abortions performed to preserve the physical and mental health of women, or in cases of fatal foetal abnormality, rape or incest are made lawful.”

Podcast: The fight against racism and discrimination in Ireland

In this podcast, Michael Farrell, a lawyer and Ireland’s representative on the European Commission Against Racism and Intolerance, discusses the country’s response to its changing demography.

Greece: Human rights court awards €576,000 to forced labour migrant strawberry-pickers

The case concerned 42 Bangladeshi nationals who did not have work permits and were subjected to forced labour. Their employers had recruited them to pick strawberries on a farm in Manolada (Greece) but failed to pay the applicants’ wages and obliged them to work in difficult physical conditions under the supervision of armed guards.

Russia: European court judgements on right to peaceful assembly

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland has expressed concern about freedom of expression and of assembly in Russia, following mass detentions at demonstrations.

Parliamentary Assembly: Thorbjørn Jagland urges independent inquiry into corruption allegations

In a 24 March letter to the assembly’s president Pedro Agramunt, the secretary general urges him to deal with the claims in a “swift and transparent manner.”