Showing posts from August, 2020

Protection of persons who report breaches of EU law

Directive (EU) 2019/1937 on the protection of persons who report breaches of EU law establishes rules and procedures to protect ‘whistleblowers’, individuals who report information they acquired in a work-related context on breaches of EU law in key policy areas. Breaches include both unlawful acts or omissions and abusive practices.KEY POINTSThe directive covers reports on:breaches of rules in the following areas (listed in detail in Part I of the annex)public procurementfinancial services, products and markets; prevention of money laundering and terrorist financingproduct safety and compliancetransport safety in the railway, road, maritime and inland waters sectorsprotection of the environment, ranging from waste management to chemicalsradiation protection and nuclear safetyfood and feed safety, animal health and welfarepublic health, including patients’ rights and tobacco controlsconsumer protectionprotection of privacy and personal data, security and information systems;breaches a…

Death penalty: key facts about the situation in Europe and the rest of the world

Capital punishment: facts and figuresBy 2019, 142 countries had abolished the death penalty in law or practice, leaving 56 countries still using capital punishment. There were 657 recorded executions in 20 countries (excluding China, where thousands of executions are believed to have been carried out), with more than 25,000 people on death row. The number of executions in 2019 was at the lowest level in at least a decade, down from 690 in 2018 and 993 in 2017.Some 86% of all recorded executions in 2019 took place in just four countries: Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Egypt. Figures are unknown for China, since this data is a state secret. (Source Amnesty International)There is strong opposition to abolishing the death penalty in Asia, the Arab World and the US. However, four fifths of the 55 African countries have abolished capital punishment or operate moratoriums.How the EU fights the death penaltyAs part of its commitment to defending human rights, the EU is the largest donor in the …