Press Conference 2016

28/01/2016

Speaking at the annual press conference of the Court on 28 January 2016, President Raimondi took stock of the year 2015 and described the situation generally as satisfactory.

The President pointed out that much work remained to be done and that very close cooperation with the member States was called for, in the spirit of “shared responsibility”. He stressed the need for each member State to ensure that endemic problems were resolved at domestic level rather than being brought before the Court.

Press release Webcast of the Press conference

Speech by the President Analysis of statistics 2015 Annual Report 2015 (provisional) Violations by Article and by State 2015

Opening of the Judicial Year 2016

29/01/2016

The judicial year of the Court was formally opened on 29 January 2016. Around 290 eminent figures from the European judicial scene attended a seminar on the theme “International and national courts confronting large-scale violations of human rights”.

The seminar was followed by the official opening ceremony, in the course of which President Raimondi and Andrzej Rzepliński, President of the Constitutional Tribunal of Poland, addressed a 350-strong audience representing the judicial world and local and national authorities.

Speech by President Guido Raimondi

Video of the seminar: Original language - English - French

Video of the ceremony: Original language - English - French

Chamber

  • Judgment concerning France

    04/02/2016 

    In the case of Isenc v. France, the Court found that the French authorities had failed in their positive obligation to protect the right to life of the applicant’s son, who had committed suicide in prison only 12 days after being remanded in custody.

    Press release

    Factsheet: Detention and Mental Health

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  • Judgment concering Georgia

    02/02/2016 

    The Court has found a violation of the right to respect for family life in the case of N.Ts. v. Georgia.

    The case concerned the procedure by which three children who had been living with their mother’s family since their mother’s death were to be returned to their father’s home.

    The Court found that there had been shortcomings in the decision-making procedure and that the Georgian courts had incorrectly assessed the best interests of the children, overlooking their psychological state.

    Press release

    Factsheet: Children's Rights

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  • Judgment concerning Switzerland

    02/02/2016 

    The Court has found a violation of the prohibition of discrimination In the case of di Trizio v. Switzerland. The case concerned the refusal of the Swiss Disability Insurance Office to continue to pay the applicant a disability allowance after the birth of her children.

    The Court found that the method used for calculating the applicant’s disability, known as the “hybrid method”, was no longer consistent with the pursuit of gender equality in contemporary society, in which women legitimately aspire to reconciling their family and working lives.

    Press release

    Factsheet - Persons with disabilities and the ECHR

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Grand Chamber

  • Referral

    03/02/2016 

    The Court has accepted the referral to the Grand Chamber of the case of Khlaifia and Others v. Italy. The case concerns the detention in a reception centre on Lampedusa and subsequently on ships moored in Palermo harbour, as well as the return to Tunisia, of clandestine migrants who had landed on the Italian coast in 2011 during the events linked to the “Arab Spring”.

    Press release

    Cases pending before the Grand Chamber

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  • Relinquishment

    25/01/2016 

    The Chamber to which the case of Moreira Ferreira v. Portugal (no. 2) had been assigned has relinquished jurisdiction in favour of the Grand Chamber.

    The case concerns the rejection of a request lodged by the applicant for revision of a criminal judgment following a judgment of the ECHR finding that the proceedings leading to her conviction had been unfair.

    Press release

    Cases pending before the Grand Chamber

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Other information

  • Applications concerning Turkey

    05/02/2016 

    The Court has decided to give priority treatment to the applications related to the curfew measures imposed by local governors in certain towns and villages of south-eastern Turkey since August 2015. The Court has also underlined that it expects the Turkish Government to take all necessary steps within their power to protect the right to life and physical integrity of the applicants regardless of their identities.

    Press release

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  • International Law Conference at the ECHR

    01/02/2016 

    On 26 February 2016, the Court, in conjunction with the European Society of International Law (ESIL), is organizing a conference entitled The European Convention on Human Rights and the crimes of the past.

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Official Visits

  • Visit by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Andorra

    05/02/2016 
    Visit by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Andorra

    On 4 February 2016, Gilbert Saboya Sunyé, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Andorra, visited the Court and was received by President Guido Raimondi. Pere Pastor Vilanova, judge elected in respect of Andorra, and Roderick Liddell, Registrar, also attended the meeting.

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Hearings

  • Forthcoming hearing

    29/01/2016 

    On 24 February 2016 the Court will be holding a Grand Chamber hearing in the case of J.K. and Others v. Sweden. The applicants, Iraqi nationals who applied for asylum in Sweden, allege that they will be at risk of persecution and ill-treatment by al-Qaeda if they are returned to Iraq.

    Press release

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Meeting with the President of the French Republic