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Court of Justice of the European Union: The Term ‘Spouse’ Includes Spouses of the Same Sex

Although the Member States have the freedom whether or not to authorise marriage between persons of the same sex, they may not obstruct the freedom of residence of an EU citizen by refusing to grant his same-sex spouse, a national of a country that is not an EU Member State, a derived right of residence in their territory

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The Bulgarian Helsinki Committee Published Its Report on Human Rights in Bulgaria in 2017

Liberties member the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee has published its annual report on the human rights situation​ in Bulgaria, which found stagnation and deterioration of rights protections in a number of key areas.

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Bulgarian Helsinki Committee Releases 2017 Annual Human Rights Report: A Year of Deterioration

Forced evictions of Roma people from their only homes, serious regression in the field of women's rights and the collapse of media freedom are part of the topics on focus

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Fair trial defenders meet in Sofia to discuss threats to justice in Europe at the time of the Bulgarian EU Presidency

Over 80 members of the Legal Experts Advisory Panel (LEAP) – the European network of criminal defence lawyers, academics, and NGO activists fighting to uphold the right to a fair trial in their national jurisdictions – coming from 26 countries of the EU will descend on Sofia to discuss a host of critical challenges in the fight to ensure that fundamental human rights are respected in European criminal justice systems and to plan how to overcome them.

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Human Rights: What Can We Hope for From the Bulgarian EU Presidency?

Krassimir Kanev, the chairman of the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee​, analyses the role of human rights in the Bulgarian government's Programme for the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

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Research Project: Protection of Fundamental Rights and Access to Legal Aid for Remand Prisoners in the EU

In September 2017, the CNRS (Laboratories SAGE (Strasbourg) and CESDIP (Saint Quentin en Yvelines)) and the European Prison Litigation Network launched together with partner universities and NGOs from nine European countries a research project on the protection of fundamental rights and access to legal aid for remand prisoners in the European Union. This project is funded by the European Union’s Justice Programme for eighteen months.

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Civil Society Calls upon the ECtHR to Confirm the Unconditional Right of Access to Lawyer in Police Custody

On 20 December 2017, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights will hear the case of Beuze v Belgium. Its decision in this case will have wide-ranging effects on the right to early access to a lawyer in criminal cases across Europe.

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Safeguarding civil society participation in the Helsinki process – a matter of the OSCE’s raison d’être

We, members of the Civic Solidarity Platform (CSP), believe that restricting civil society participation in the work of the OSCE would be a tremendous setback for the Helsinki process and a betrayal of the spirit and founding values of this unique peace advancement initiative.