Grand Chamber hearing concerning the Russian Federation

14/02/2018

The Court held a Grand Chamber hearing in the case of Murtazaliyeva v. Russia.

In this case the applicant, a Russian national of Chechen origin, complains of the unfairness of criminal proceedings brought against her for preparing a terrorist attack.

 

Press release

 

Webcast of the hearing

Factsheet: Terrorism

Country profile - Russia

Decisions on the admissibility

  • Inadmissibility decision

    08/02/2018 

    The Court has found manifestly ill-founded the application in the case of Smajić v. Bosnia-Herzegovina, declaring it inadmissible.

    The applicant, a national of Bosnia-Herzegovina who is a lawyer, complained of being given a one-year suspended prison sentence for inciting national, racial and religious hatred and civil strife and intolerance. He had posted messages on the Internet containing offensive expressions about Serbs in the context of the very sensitive matter of ethnic relations in post-war Bosnian society.

    Press release

    Factsheet: Hate speech

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  • Inadmissibility decision

    08/02/2018 

    The Court declared the application in the case of Charron and Merle-Montet v. France inadmissible for failure to exhaust domestic remedies.

    The applicants, a female married couple, complained of the refusal by Toulouse Hospital of their request for access to medically assisted reproduction by means of artificial insemination.

    The Court stressed the importance of the principle of subsidiarity, according to which applicants had to exhaust domestic remedies – in this case an appeal to the administrative courts – before applying to the ECHR.

    Press release

    Factsheet: Reproductive Rights

    Factsheet: Sexual Orientation

    Practical guide on admissibility criteria

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  • Inadmissibility decision

    08/02/2018 

    The Court has found manifestly ill-founded the application in the case of Balta v. France, declaring it inadmissible.

    The applicant is a Romanian national who was living in a caravan just off a public road in La Courneuve. The case concerned an administrative order for him and other occupants of illegally parked caravans to vacate the site.

    The Court reiterated that Article 2 of Protocol No. 4 (freedom of movement) applied only to persons lawfully within the territory of a State. As the applicant had not provided evidence of lawful residence in France he could not rely on the Convention right to freedom of movement.

    Press release

    Factsheet: Roma and Travellers

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  • Inadmissibility decision

    08/02/2018 

    The Court found the applications in the cases of Cacciato v. Italy and Guiso & Consiglio v. Italy manifestly ill-founded, and declared them inadmissible.

    The cases concerned the expropriation of land by municipal authorities and the tax of 20% that the applicants had to pay on the compensation they received.

    Press release

    Factsheet: Taxation

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Chamber

  • Judgment concerning France

    08/02/2018 

    In the case of Ben Faiza v. France, the applicant had been placed under surveillance on suspicion of drug trafficking. The Court found that the real-time geolocation of his vehicle using a GPS tracking device breached his right to respect for private life, in the light of the French law then in force, while noting that France had subsequently adopted a law in 2014 governing the use of such devices in criminal investigations.

    The Court, however, found no violation of the Convention on account of the subsequent tracking of his movements using cell-tower data obtained by court order from a telephone operator.

    Press release

    Factsheet: Protection of personal data

    Factsheet: New technologies

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Official Visit

  • Visit to Austria

    16/02/2018 
    Visit to Austria

    From 9 to 10 February 2018, President Guido Raimondi paid an official visit to Austria. On that occasion, he was received by Alexander Van der Bellen, President of Austria. During this visit, he also met Josef Moser, Minister of Justice. President Raimondi was accompanied by Gabriele Kucsko-Stadlmayer, judge elected in respect of Austria.

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Other information

  • « Applicants » pages

    07/02/2018 
    « Applicants » pages

    The “Applicants” pages, which are there to guide and assist persons wishing to lodge an application with the Court, are available in 36 official languages of the member States of the Council of Europe.

    They contain basic texts and documents and also information on the formal requirements and admissibility conditions. They are also a means of accessing all translations of the case-law and documents and videos on the Court and how it functions.

    Applicants pages by language

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