Chamber judgment concerning Italy and Greece

21/10/2014

In the case of Sharifi and Others v. Italy and Greece, the Court held that there had been several violations of the Convention on account of collective expulsion by the Italian authorities of Afghan migrants, who were then deprived of access to the asylum procedure in Greece.

The Court held, in particular, that it shared the concerns of several observers with regard to the automatic return, implemented by the Italian border authorities in the ports of the Adriatic Sea, of persons who, in the majority of cases, were handed over to ferry captains with a view to being removed to Greece, thus depriving them of any procedural and substantive rights.

Press release

Factsheet: "Dublin" cases, Factsheet: Collective expulsions

Chamber judgments

  • Judgment concerning Ukraine

    30/10/2014 

    In the case of Shvydka v. Ukraine, the Court held that there had been several violations of the Convention. The applicant, a member of Batkivshchyna, an opposition political party, complained about her conviction of petty hooliganism for expressing her disagreement with Viktor Yanukovych’s policies and his Presidency of Ukraine.

    Press release

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  • Judgment concerning the United Kingdom

    28/10/2014 

    In the case of Gough v. the United Kingdom, the Court held that there had been no violation of the Convention. The case concerned in particular the applicant’s complaint about his repeated arrest, prosecution, conviction and imprisonment in Scotland for breach of the peace because of his nudity in public places.

    Press release

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  • Judgment concerning Romania

    21/10/2014 

    In the case of Naidin v. Romania, the Court held that there had been no violation of the Convention.

    The case concerned the barring of a one-time informer of the Romanian political police from employment in the public service. The Court took note of the decision of the Constitutional Court according to which the barring of former collaborators of the political police from public-service employment was justified by the loyalty expected from all civil servants towards the democratic regime.

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Official visits

  • ​Visit to Azerbaijan

    27/10/2014 

    On 24 and 25 October 2014, President Spielmann paid an official visit to Baku. During his visit, he met Ilham Heydar Aliyev, President of Azerbaijan, Ramiz Yaqub Rzayev, President of the Supreme Court, Elmar Mammadyarov, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Fikrat Mammadov, Minister of Justice. He also took part in the International Conference on “Application of the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms on national level and the role of national judges”. President Spielmann was accompanied by Khanlar Hajiyev, judge elected in respect of Azerbaijan, and Michael O’Boyle, Deputy Registrar.

    Speech by the President (French Version Only)

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  • Visit by a delegation of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights

    21/10/2014 
    Visit by a delegation of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights

    From 20 to 23 October 2014, a delegation of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights is visiting the Court, headed by its President, Humberto Antonio Sierra Porto. On 20 and 21 October the visiting judges took part in roundtable discussions with Judges of the Court, members of the Registry and members of the Venice Commission. The delegation will also meet the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and members of the Secretariat of the PACE, members of the Department for the Execution of Judgments of the Court and of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

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  • Visit by the President of the Supreme Court of the Netherlands

    21/10/2014 
    Visit by the President of the Supreme Court of the Netherlands

    On 21 October 2014, Geert Corstens, President of the Supreme Court of the Netherlands, and Maarten Feteris, Vice-President, visited the Court and were received by President Spielmann. Johannes Silvis, judge elected in respect of the Netherlands, and Erik Fribergh, Registrar, also attended the meeting.

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Grand Chamber

  • Forthcoming Grand Chamber judgment

    28/10/2014 

    The Court will be delivering its Grand Chamber judgment in the case of Tarakhel v. Switzerland on Tuesday 4 November 2014.

    The case concerns the refusal of the Swiss authorities to examine the asylum application of an Afghan couple and their six children and the decision to send them back to Italy.

    Press release

    Country profile - Switzerland

    Webcast of the hearing 12/02/2014

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Hearings

  • Chamber hearing concerning the Russian Federation

    14/10/2014 
    Chamber hearing concerning the Russian Federation

    14/10/2014

    The Court held a Chamber hearing in the case of Tagayeva and Others v. Russia.
    The case concerns the terrorist attack on a school in Beslan, North Ossetia, and the ensuing hostage-taking, siege and storming of the school, which resulted in the deaths of over 330 civilians, including over 180 children.

    Press release

    Country profile - Russia

    Factsheet: Terrorism

    Webcast of the hearing

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Other judgments and decisions

Forthcoming judgments

4-6/11/2014

12 & 9 Judgments