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Belarus toughens laws against protesters and 'extremism'
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has signed into effect a law tightening sanctions against protesters taking part in unauthorised rallies and increasing penalties for "extremism".
Bulgarian citizens try to challenge Sofia in court over air pollution
A group of citizens in Bulgaria are trying to take the authorities of Sofia to court over harmful levels of air pollution in the capital.
France adopts law criminalising sex with children aged under 15
French Parliament adopts a law that sets the age of consent at 15 years old, and 18 years old in the case of incest.
Swedish government proposes tightening immigration laws
The Swedish government has proposed a bill that would tighten immigration rules after five years of temporary measures.
French MPs approve law setting age of sexual consent
Any sexual act committed on children under the age of 15 by an adult will be considered rape. The bill still needs to be approved by senators.
Portugal's constitutional court blocks law decriminalising euthanasia
The court said the law is too imprecise in identifying the circumstances under which assisted suicide procedures can occur.
EU takes Germany to court for failing to protect nature
The country has failed to implement laws that focus on the conservation of wildlife and plants.
Sweden's Parliament votes in favour of new pandemic law
The new legislation will still not allow the government to impose curfews or a domestic travel ban.
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Romania to introduce law against anti-Roma hate speech
Romanian President Klaus Iohannis promulgated the legislation which could see citizens imprisoned for up to 10 years for hate speech against the Roma community.
Thousands protest in Montenegro over religious law amendment
Demonstrators have accused the new government of being pro-Serb because of its plans to amend a religious property law that is strongly opposed by the Serbian Orthodox Church.
Charlie Hebdo trial resumes amid controversy over video conferencing
"No judge should be able to give a verdict without having to look into the eyes of the person receiving it," defence attorneys from the Charlie Hebdo trial have argued.
Irish justice minister proposes new laws to tackle 'revenge porn'
Irish Justice Minister Helen McEntee said she is "determined to act" and introduce new legislation against 'revenge porn' after thousands of intimate images of women were released online without their consent.
Clashes in Jakarta over Indonesia's new labour law
Protesters clashed with police in Jakarta as thousands of students and workers staged rallies across Indonesia on Thursday in opposition to a new law they say will cripple labour rights and harm the environment.
Open letter to the European Parliament: Call out the EU Council on its rule of law hypocrisy ǀ View
In an open letter to the European Parliament, law professors express their concern about the way recent appointments to the EPPO were carried out by the European Council.
Turkish law tightening rules on social media comes into effect
Critics say the restrictions are a part of a government crackdown on freedom of expression.
Denmark proposes change to sexual violence laws requiring consent
The Ministry of Justice has hailed the proposal as a huge step towards equality.
Can you change the law? European Citizens' Initiatives are one way
A new European Citizens' Initiative was launched last week, which aims at making "anti-pandemic vaccines and treatments a global public good". But what do you know about this direct democracy mechanism?
Turkish parliament approves new social media regulation law
Human rights advocates expressed concerns after the Turkish parliament give the green light to a law allowing the government greater powers to regulate social media
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle sue over drone photos of son at US home
The couple, who stood back from their role as senior royals earlier this year, have filed a lawsuit over images taken of their son by drones over their California home.
New French law enables doctors to report cases of domestic violence
150 women were killed in France last year by their partner or ex-partner, according to an NGO tally.