Monthly Roundup: Europe

Ukraine adopts law regarding internally displaced persons

On October 20th , the Ukrainian parliament passed the law on the rights and freedoms of internally displaced persons. The law stipulates the procedure for registering as IDP and regulates issues such as employment and social benefit. The law was created as a result of constructive efforts made by the Parliament, the presidential administration and civil society actors in consultation with the UNHCR office in Kiev.

European human rights rulings ‘to be curbed’ by Tories

The Conservatives have described their plans to stop British laws being overruled by human rights judgments from Strasbourg as “viable and legal”. Chris Grayling, the Justice Secretary, has said that a Conservative government after the general election will deliver an ultimatum to European judges to ensure that the Strasbourg court becomes little more than an “advisory body.”

European Court of Human Rights holds hearing on Beslan hostage crisis

On October 14 the European Court of Human Rights heard from victims and family members of victims of the terrorist attack on a Russian school in Beslan in 2004. 334 civilians died – 186 of them children, when a group of heavily armed terrorists stormed the courtyard of the school in North Ossetia. The case was brought by 447 applicants who had raised various complaints relating to the actions of Russian authorities during the hostage crisis. Russian nationals mainly claim that the Russian state failed in its obligation to protect the victims from the known risk to their lives and that there was no effective investigation into the events.

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