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.

Romania: New expert report on human trafficking

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland, said: “Further action is needed, in particular to prevent this crime [human trafficking] at the root and to ensure that victims get the assistance and protection foreseen in the convention.”

Hungary: Nils Muižnieks raises alarm over government’s treament of migrants

Muižnieks lists “worrying developments” in the country, which he claims “come amid a campaign to demonize refugees, that has been orchestrated by the government since 2015.

Sevinj Fataliyev: European leaders must act to protect children in Aleppo

Sevinj Fataliyeva, who is the Assembly’s rapporteur on ‘Protecting children and young people affected by armed conflicts,’ raised the alarm following reports that 100,000 children are caught up in the conflict, many of whom have no chance to escape the city.