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Finland: Supreme Court Orders Dissolution of Neo-Nazi Association that Violates Human Rights

(Oct. 16, 2020) On September 22, 2020, the Finnish Supreme Court ordered the dissolution of Nordiska Motståndsrörelsen (NMR) (Nordic Resistance Movement), an unregistered neo-Nazi association. The Supreme Court found that the association is unlawful because its activities and stated objectives violate law and good practice. It also found that the association’s activities are not protected […]

Germany: Bremen Prohibits Flying or Using German Imperial War Flags

(Oct. 13, 2020) On September 14, 2020, Minister of the Interior Ulrich Mäurer of the city-state of Bremen, Germany issued a decree banning the public flying or use of the German imperial war flag. Flying such a flag on private property where it is clearly intended to be and is visible to everyone is also […]

Israel: Temporary Restriction on the Right to Protest during Coronavirus Lockdown Adopted

(Oct. 9, 2020) On September 30, 2020, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) plenum, by a vote of 46-38, passed legislation authorizing the government to declare, during a national lockdown, a “special state of emergency due to the coronavirus” and impose travel restrictions and other restrictions on the movement of persons as well as on public gatherings. […]

England: Government Issues New Restrictions Due to Coronavirus Predictions

(Oct. 1, 2020) Just 12 days after issuing the new “Rule of Six” restrictions, the government made an announcement on September 22, 2020, that England was at a “perilous turning point” and further measures were necessary to slow the spread of COVID-19. The new requirements increase the number of places where face masks must be […]

England: New “Rule of Six” Introduced to Slow Spread of COVID-19

(Sept. 23, 2020) The United Kingdom (U.K.) has recently seen a rise in the number of COVID-19 cases across the country, with an R number as of September 18, 2020, between 1.1 and 1.4, meaning every 10 people infected will infect 11 to 14 additional people. This growth led to the government announcing on September […]

New Zealand: Court Partially Upholds Challenge to Legality of COVID-19 Lockdown

(Aug. 20, 2020) On August 19, 2020, the High Court of New Zealand, the third-highest court in the judicial hierarchy, released its decision in the case of Andrew Borrowdale v Director-General of Health [2020] NZHC 2090 (Decision), in which Borrowdale, a former government legal drafter, challenged the legality of aspects of the New Zealand government’s lockdown measures […]

Australia: Queensland Enacts Historic Human Rights Legislation

(Mar. 6, 2019) On February 27, 2019, the Queensland Parliament passed the Human Rights Bill 2018 (Qld), making it the third jurisdiction in Australia to enshrine human rights protections in such legislation. (Human Rights Bill 2018 (Qld), Queensland Parliament website; Jack Maxwell, A Human Rights Act for Queensland, OXFORD HUMAN RIGHTS HUB (Nov. 26, 2018).) […]

Zimbabwe: Court Declares Law Empowering Police to Ban Public Demonstrations Indefinitely Unconstitutional

(Nov. 20, 2018) On October 18, 2018, the Constitutional Court of Zimbabwe, the highest court in the land on all constitutional matters, found unconstitutional a provision in the 2002 Public Order and Security Act (POSA) that essentially empowers local police to indefinitely ban public demonstrations in their jurisdictions.  (Carmel Richkard, A New Chapter for Human Rights […]

Turkey: Ban on LGBTI Group Gatherings in Capital Province

(Dec. 27, 2017) A press release issued on November 19, 2017, by the Governorship of Ankara Province in Turkey announced an indefinite ban as of November 18 on certain events held by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) non-governmental organizations. (Yasaklama Kararına Iliskin Basin Duyurusu [Press Release Regarding Prohibition Decision] (Press Release), Ankara Governorship […]