Lithuania: Drunk-drive child killer awaits court ruling over fair trial complaint

The deaths attracted considerable media coverage, which linked it to allegations of there being an endemic problem of drunk police officers causing traffic accidents. Now the applicant Saulius Paulikas complains that he did not receive a fair trial because of the media reports and public comments by state officials.

Thorbjørn Jagland sets out importance of social rights in letter to EU’s Jean-Claude Juncker

The letter to the President of the European Commission, was published ahead of an international conference “The European Pillar of Social Rights: going forward together,”, organised by the European Commission in Brussels today.

Greece: Media professionals win court victory after actress “insult” human rights dispute

The case concerned an award of damages of 30,000 euros (EUR) against the director of a daily newspaper (Kapsis) and a journalist (Danikas), jointly with the newspaper’s proprietor, for a press article describing as “completely unknown” an actress who had been appointed to an advisory board on subsidies awarded by the authority for theatres.

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.