New assessment report on European judicial systems

Today, The European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) outlines the main trends observed in 45 European countries and Israel in its latest annual survey. It also launches a new interactive database accessible to the public.

Russia: Thorbjørn Jagland disappointed at International Memorial’s inclusion in foreign agents list

“Today’s decision by the Russian Justice Ministry to include the Moscow-based NGO International Historical and Human Rights Society ‘Memorial’ into the ‘foreign agents registry’ is deeply disappointing,” the Secretary General declared.

Nils Muižnieks: Croatia should eliminate shortcomings in transitional justice, immigration and media freedom

“It is worrying to see the persistence of impunity in Croatia for certain serious human rights violations committed in the past,” states the Commissioner for Human Rights. “The authorities should put an end to this, and effectively prosecute, try and sanction the perpetrators of wartime crimes.”

Hungary: New legislation reviewing whole life sentences incompatible with human rights convention

The case concerned new legislation introduced in Hungary in 2015 for reviewing whole life sentences. The legislation was introduced in order to comply with an European court judgment of 2014 in which the court found that the system for reviewing whole life sentences in Hungary should be reformed.

United Kingdom: New report reveals increasing hate speech and racist violence

A report from the European Commission Against Racism and Intolerance notes considerable intolerant political discourse in the UK, particularly focusing on immigration. It said that hate speech continues to be a serious problem in tabloid newspapers, and that online hate speech targeting Muslims in particular has soared since 2013.