Archived news 2007
Admissibility decision in the case Batasuna and Herri Batasuna v. Spain. The Court has declared partly admissible the applications
Batasuna and Herri Batasuna v. Spain (Decision available only in French),
Etxeberria and Others v. Spain (Decision available only in French) and
Herritarren Zerrenda v. Spain (Decision available only in French). The Court’s admissibility decisions in no way prejudge the examination of the cases on the merits.
Bug River Cases Resolved. The Court struck out 40 Polish cases yesterday, finding that Poland has successfully put in place an effective compensation scheme available to the nearly 80,000 people forced to abandon their properties between 1944 and 1953 in the eastern provinces of pre-war Poland, the so-called “Bug River” cases.
The Court has declared inadmissible the application lodged in the case of
Al Fayed v. France. The applicant's son, Emad Fayed, commonly known as Dodi Al Fayed, died in an accident which also led to the death of Diana, Princess of Wales. The case concerned the investigations carried out by the French authorities following the death of the applicant’s son and the fairness of the corresponding proceedings.
The Court has declared inadmissible the application in the case of
Thiermann and Others v. Norway. The 159 applicants all had a Norwegian mother and a German father and were born during the Second World War. A number of them were registered as “Lebensborn” children, conceived under a Nazi scheme of that name introduced by Heinrich Himmler in 1935, to produce children who were deemed racially and genetically pure.
Election of 12 judges
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has elected 12 judges in respect of: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Cyprus, Denmark, Spain, “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”, Georgia, Hungary, Italy and Romania.
Relinquishment of jurisdiction in favour of the Grand Chamber
The Chamber to which the case of S. and Michael Marper v. the United Kingdom had been allocated has relinquished jurisdiction in favour of the Grand Chamber. The case concerns the storing, by the authorities, of fingerprints and DNA samples taken from the applicants in the context of unsuccessful criminal proceedings against them. S., who had been prosecuted for attempted robbery, was ultimately acquitted, and the proceedings against Mr Marper, who was accused of
harassment, were dropped. Both requested that the fingerprints and DNA samples be destroyed, but this was refused. Link
Referrals to the Grand Chamber
The cases of Gorou v. Greece (No. 2),
Šilih v. Slovenia, Sergey Zolotukhin v. Russia have been referred to the Grand Chamber of the Court.
The cases of Salduz v. Turkey
Maslov v. Austria have been referred to the Grand Chamber of the Court.
The case of Yumak and Sadak v. Turkey has been referred to the Grand Chamber. The application concerns Turkish electoral law, according to which a party must obtain at least 10% of the national vote in parliamentary elections in order to win seats in the National Assembly.
Inappropriate use of interim measures procedure
The Court has over the past few days received a large number
of requests for the adoption of interim measures in respect of the French
Government’s decision not to organise a referendum on the European Union Lisbon
Treaty. These requests have no chance whatsoever of success and serve solely to
take up time which could be spent on more urgent matters in respect of which the
Court might be called upon to issue an interim measure.
Improvements to the Internet site
Press conference by the President of the Court Video:
- ECHR starts broadcasting its public hearings on the web (see under Press, Multimedia)
Press Release, Press release from Irish Government
- New information on pending cases is made available on the website
Statement of Facts
The President of the Court welcomes the prospect of the European Union's accession to the European Convention on Human Rights.