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Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers committed to protect the right of application

20 November 2010, Strasbourg. The Committee of Ministers within the Council of Europe recently published  Resolution CM/Res(2010)25[1], attesting the Committee’s continual commitment to the protection of the right of individual petition under article 34[2] of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.This resolution was motivated by the Committee’s concern with reported case of interference with the workings of article 34 such as obstructing the applicant’s communication with the Court, refusing to allow the applicant to contact his lawyer, bringing pressure to bear on witnesses or bringing inappropriate proceedings against the applicant’s representatives[3]. In attempt to avoid these unfortunate situations, the Committee emphasized the State parties’ obligation under article 34 not to hamper the effective exercise of this and called upon States to observe some key points.

Note: This article was written and contributed by Clement Mifsud Bonnici, presently in 3rd Year Law, University of Malta.

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UK introduces a Bill on the European Union

11 November 2010, London. The European Union Bill, anounced by Her Magesty the Queen back in May 2010, received its first reading.

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Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers committed to protect the right of application

 

20 November 2010, Strasbourg. The Committee of Ministers, within the Council of Europe, has on 10 November 2010 published Resolution CM/Res(2010)25[1], attesting the Committee’s continual commitment to the protection of the right of individual petition under article 34[2] of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.

Note: this article was written and contributed by Clement Mifsud Bonnici, presently a third-year law student.

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Criminal conviction over mercy killing (UK, Court of Appeal)

13 November 2010. UK online newspapers are carrying reports on the criminal conviction of a woman who ended her son's life by lethal injection, after an accident left him in a vegitative state. The Court of Appeal showed mercy, while pointing out that the law has to be applied and cannot be ignored.

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Trading privacy for profit?

17 November 2010, Washington. The controversy over the use of full body scanners at airports increased after revelations in the media concerning the award of a contract worth millions of dollars to a former head of the Department of Homeland Security.

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EU Commision's concern for the right to one's privacy

4 November 2010. The EU Commission expressed its concern for the challenges facing the effective protection of personal data. These challenges have resulted from rapid technological developments and the devising of ways of protecting personal data having become increasingly elaborated and less easily detectable.

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