Rights and equality

Anti-Covid measures in Italian and European prisons 

Wednesday 15 December 2021 | Openpolis

Cramped, often unhygienic, and already characterised by numerous restrictions, many prisons in Europe were hit hard by the pandemic. In Italy, where prison facilities are among the most overcrowded in the EU, the pandemic aggravated a number of preexisting systemic problems.


How Europe’s prisons have fared in the Covid-19 pandemic 

Monday 06 December 2021 | Kira Schacht
| Deutsche Welle (DW)

Prisons make fertile breeding grounds for viruses, yet administrations have revealed little about Covid-19 cases, deaths and vaccinations in Europe’s prisons. Data from 32 countries show the pandemic’s impact on prisons.


Spain, Czechia, Denmark and Belgium are the meccas of reproductive tourism 

Wednesday 10 November 2021 | Ángela Bernardo
Eva Belmonte
María Álvarez Del Vayo
Carmen Torrecillas
| Civio

Barriers in many European countries push thousands of people abroad to access assisted reproductive technology techniques. In some cases, they take out huge loans to pay for the treatments.


The postcode lottery of publicly-funded assisted reproduction in Spain 

Monday 29 November 2021 | María Álvarez Del Vayo
Eva Belmonte
Ángela Bernardo
Carmen Torrecillas
Olalla Tuñas
Miguel Ángel Gavilanes
| Civio

Many autonomous communities are not providing the bare minimum of provision in Spain’s health service and are using stripped back services, age limits and imposing fees in order to avoid providing the service.


Mapping Diversity: the gender gap in Italian toponyms 

Wednesday 21 July 2021 | Ornaldo Gjergji
| OBC Transeuropa
Sheldon.studio

A pilot project analysing the gender ratio in street names in Italy's 21 regional capitals. The idea is to replicate similar analyses for other countries or topics related to street names in the future.


Dark patterns: born to mislead  in depth

Wednesday 13 November 2019 | Federico Caruso
| OBC Transeuropa

Digital platforms often trick users into giving up their personal data or buying particular products. These “dark patterns” go against European legislation, but authorities are struggling to combat them.


Fewer living at risk of poverty in Europe 

Wednesday 20 May 2020 | Clara Guibourg
| Newsworthy

The proportion of people living at risk of poverty has dropped in most European countries over the last five years. But a few countries counters this trend, and large gaps remain within nations. In this report we look closer at the risk of poverty across Europe.


Not just apps: privacy, personal data and COVID-19 in the western Balkans 

Monday 18 May 2020 | Federico Caruso
| OBC Transeuropa

The measures adopted by some Balkan countries to contain the pandemic have raised perplexity in associations and researchers who deal with privacy and digital rights. Emergency actions, derogating from the national rules of law, could translate into mass surveillance tools.


Focus: coronavirus and fundamental rights 

Thursday 30 April 2020 | Lorenzo Ferrari
Federico Caruso
| OBC Transeuropa

Our thematic focus this month is entirely on the legal and democratic challenges that the pandemic is posing to our societies. In particular, we look at how fundamental rights may be threatened by some emergency measures that are adopted or discussed in Europe. 


Homophobia is on the rise in Hungary 

Wednesday 30 October 2019 | Laszlo Arato
| EUrologus

According to a new survey by the Eurobarometer, most Hungarians are extremely dismissive of LBGTI people, and the rate has greatly increased over the last few years. This attitude is consistent across most issues connected with LGBTI rights, and it is in line with Fidesz's policy.