Proposed reforms to aid victims of domestic violence will allow victims give evidence through video and protect their anonymity in the courts process.

Proposed new legislation should make it easier for victims of domestic violence to get barring orders against perpetrators and ban electronic communic(...)

Publish and be hanged

Independent Newspapers’ appeal to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) against a massive €1.25 million defamation award is a welcome, important –(...)

‘Ireland’s failure to adequately challenge or respond to violence against women has come into serious national and international focus.’ Photograph: Getty Images

UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has said “Violence against women takes a devastating toll on women’s lives, on their families and on society as a who(...)

Ivan Scalfarotto, a member of Mr Renzi’s Democratic party and secretary for constitutional reforms in the parliament, expressed his satisfaction with the decision, which was announced weeks after the politician ended a hunger strike in protest against Italy’s “serious human rights violation” on gay rights. Photograph: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images

Italy violates human rights by not offering adequate legal protection and recognition to same-sex couples, a European court has ruled. The decision by(...)

A referendum campaign poster that reads ‘Yes (Nai)’ is seen on a bus stop with a graffiti that reads ‘No (Oxi)’ painted on it in Athens, on Friday. Photograph: Reuters

Supporters of Greece’s bailout terms have taken a wafer-thin lead over the ‘No’ vote backed by the leftist government, 48 hours before a referendum(...)

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsirpas delivers a televised address to the nation from his office at Maximos Mansion on Wednesday. Photograph: Getty

Another day of turmoil unfolded in Brussels on Wednesday as the Greek public faced their third day of capital controls and persistent uncertainty over(...)

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras. Photograph: Marko Djurica/Reuters

The head of a key European institution has said that Sunday’s referendum in Greece falls below acceptable international standards for such plebiscites(...)

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker (right) speaks to Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orban before the Eastern Partnership summit session in Riga, on May 22nd. Mr Juncker smilingly greeted Mr Orban with the words: “Hello dictator”. Photograph: Ints Kalnins/Reuters

It was a quick one-liner, delivered tongue-in-cheek but loud enough for the assembled media to hear. As Jean-Claude Juncker greeted leaders at the Eas(...)

Bríd Cummins, who was found dead in 2004 in the house she was to be evicted from

Julie Grace was just 10 years old when she learned her best lesson about human feelings. She and her cousin Breda were having a giggle about a neig(...)

A handout photo released by the family of Vincent Lambert. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images.

The European Court of Human Rights on Friday has said France can take a man in a coma off life support, in a case that has torn a family apart and cou(...)