Belgium: Anti-torture unit issues prisoner warning over lack of minimum service levels during industrial action

A failure to provide minimum service levels during industrial action by Belgium’s prison staff, may lead to a large number of inmates suffering inhuman or degrading treatment, according to the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT).

Nils Muižnieks: Russia’s Law on Foreign Agents contravenes human rights

In observations submitted to the Europan Court, Nils Muižnieks declares that the Russian Federation’s legislative framework on non-commercial organisations is incompatible with international and European human rights standards.

Court: Belgium’s ban on wearing face covering in public did not breach European human rights law

A ban on wearing face covering in public in three Belgian municipalities was not in breach of the convention, judges ruled today.

Nils Muižnieks: Slovenia should pursue its efforts to protect vulnerable people

The Commissioner for Human Rights states: “Slovenia has undertaken a number of initiatives in recent years to address major human rights issues concerning migrants, Roma, the “erased” and people living in poverty. It is crucial to reinforce these efforts to ensure that no one is left behind and the human rights of all are upheld.”

Belgium: Court set for ‘Muslim niqab’ human rights judgement

The case Belcacemi and Oussar v. Belgium (application no. 37798/13) concerns the Belgian law of 1 June 2011 banning the wearing in public places of clothing which partially or totally covers the face.