Rights and equality

Femicide and Covid-19: an epidemic of violence against women 

Tuesday 14 March 2023 | Daniel Kotecký
| Deník Referendum

An exclusive data analysis by 19 media outlets reveals another dark side to the pandemic: a marked increase in murders of women, and violence against women, at the hands of domestic partners. The investigation also highlights serious flaws in the way institutions monitor this type of abuse.

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Femicide remains all too common in Italy and Europe 

Wednesday 08 March 2023 | Openpolis

Femicide is the murder of a woman because of their gender. We have reconstructed the incidence of femicide in Italy and Europe, notwithstanding the many difficulties in measuring the phenomenon. In Italy in 2022, women were the victims of 91 percent of homicides committed by family members, partners or former partners.

Greek courts abuse pre-trial detention 

Friday 18 November 2022 | Nikos Morfonios

With large prisoner numbers and detention times far in excess of European averages, pre-trial detention is being abused by the Greek justice system.

The suicide rate among people in pretrial custody is double that of convicted prisoners 

Tuesday 17 May 2022 | Ángela Bernardo
Eva Belmonte
Carmen Torrecillas
David Cabo
María Álvarez Del Vayo
Miguel Ángel Gavilanes
| Civio

In Europe there were 17.5 suicides per 10,000 people in pretrial detention in 2021, while the proportion was 8.54 deaths in the rest of the prison population.

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Pre-trial detention: you never get over a dead son 

Monday 27 June 2022 | Beatriz Walviesse
| Divergente

Danijoy Pontes, 23 years old, was sent to pre-trial detention in 2020, for a total of 11 months. He died in a Lisbon prison: Divergente dug his story as part of EDJNet's investigation on the abuse and risks of pre-trial detention in Europe.

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Presumed innocent but detained for months pretrial in Germany and EU 

Wednesday 15 June 2022 | Kira Schacht
| Deutsche Welle (DW)

One in five people jailed in the European Union hasn't been convicted of a crime — including 12,000 in Germany alone. Studies suggest that pretrial detention is unnecessary in most cases.

Digital Fortress Europe #3: Automation and surveillance in Fortress Europe 

Monday 02 May 2022 | Kostas Zafeiropoulos
Janine Louloudi
Nikos Morfonios

Artificial intelligence and algorithms are at the heart of the EU’s new mobility-control system. High-risk automated decisions are being taken on human lives. It is an emerging multi-billion-euro unregulated market with dystopian 'smart' applications.

Digital Fortress Europe #2: Trapped in a digital surveillance system 

Saturday 30 April 2022 | Kostas Zafeiropoulos
Janine Louloudi
Nikos Morfonios

The impact of surveillance systems on vulnerable populations, money for Frontex drones, and monitoring the movement of citizens within the European area.

Digital Fortress Europe #1: The ecosystem of European biometric monitoring and surveillance data 

Thursday 28 April 2022 | Kostas Zafeiropoulos
Janine Louloudi
Nikos Morfonios

A description of the main systems in use in Europe to manage the mobility of people across Europe's borders and across its countries, with a focus on current mechanisms that can be improved.

A luxury called psychotherapy 

Tuesday 17 May 2022 | Marina Kelava
| H-Alter

Anxiety and depression were among the most common mental-health problems across the European Union even before the pandemic. But in every EU country that provides psychological help as part of its public healthcare, there are limits to this in practice. And some countries do not even offer such help.