• UK govt’s charge to register children as citizens is unlawful, rules High Court The UK’s high court has ruled in a landmark case that families are paying too much to register children as citizens. The judge said the £1,012 (Rs 93,500 approx) fee – for a process that costs the Home Office £372 (Rs 34,300 approx) – was unlawful after finding a “mass of evidence” that it prevents many children from being registered for citizenship. The ruling means the government will have to reconsider the fee and ensure that children’s best interests are taken fully into account in doing so. >>
 
  • Italian court asks FB to reactivate account of neo-fascist party A civil court in Rome has ruled that Facebook must immediately reactivate the account of the Italian neo-fascist party CasaPound and pay the group €800 (Rs 63,000 approx) for each day the account has been closed. Facebook shut the party’s account, which had 2,40,000 followers, along with its Instagram page in early September. >>

 

  • Netherlands climate change: Court orders bigger cuts in emissions The highest court in the Netherlands has upheld a ruling requiring the government to slash greenhouse gas emissions by at least 25% of 1990 levels by the end of next year. The case was brought six years ago by the Urgenda environment group in a bid to force ministers to go well beyond EU targets. However, the chances of the government reaching the target look slim. >>
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