ECF condemns the liquidation of 50+ NGOs in Belarus and asks the EU to renew strong pressure on Belarusian authorities

On 22 July, the Ministry of Justice filed a lawsuit to liquidate over 50 NGOs in Belarus. This comes after Lukashenko vowed to continue what he called a “mopping-up operation” against civil society activists who he denounced as “bandits and foreign agents”.  This is the government’s latest move in a relentless and systematic crackdown on…

EC RULE OF LAW REPORT FINDS CIVIC ACTORS FACE “SERIOUS CHALLENGES”: IT’S TIME FOR THE COMMISSION TO ACT!

On 20 July 2021, the European Commission published the second rule of law report covering events taking place in 2020 and early 2021. The report maintains the same methodology adopted in the previous one, looking narrowly at only four elements: the justice system, the anti-corruption framework, media pluralism and other institutional issues related to checks…

EDITO: What happens in Poland does not stay in Poland  

“The EU cannot allow women to become pawns in political game when lives are at stake, livelihoods are threatened, and the rule of law is deteriorating”    100 ongoing days of protests, 600 cities, and 3,000 people charged, investigated, prosecuted. This is just a snapshot of the recent mobilisations in Poland protesting the near total abortion ban, which came into force on 27 January 2021. The political capture of the Polish constitutional court, persecution of organisers…

ECF condemns breaches of the rule of law on Croatian borders with Bosnia

On Saturday 30 January, four Italian Members of the European Parliament, Pietro Bartolo, Brando Benifei, Pierfrancesco Majorino, Alessandra Moretti, were prevented by the Croatian police from approaching the Croatian borders with Bosnia where illegal pushbacks on asylum seekers happen. Despite the mobilisation of Italian diplomacy, they were stopped in Bojna’s Forest, on EU territory, and…

Hundreds of thousands took to the streets on 28 November in France

The European Civic Forum warns about rapid deterioration
of civic space and the rule of law in France

French version below Paris, Brussels, 1st December 2020 The European Civic Forum welcomes the mass mobilisation of hundreds of thousands of people that took place on 28 and 29 November in 70 cities across France in defence of civil liberties. The demonstrations underline concern about legislative proposals currently under consideration by the French government and…