Inadmissibility decision concerning Ukraine and the Russian Federation
The Court has declared inadmissible for lack of evidence the applications in the case of Lisnyy and Others v. Ukraine and Russia.
The applicants, Ukrainian nationals, alleged several violations of the Convention about the shelling of their homes during the hostilities in Eastern Ukraine from the beginning of April 2014 onwards.
The Court found that the applicants, having essentially only submitted their passports as evidence, had not sufficiently substantiated their complaints. It reiterated that, generally, if an applicant did not produce any evidence in support of the claims, such as titles to property or proof of residence, the application was bound to be unsuccessful.
The Court has declared the application in the case of Bulgarian Helsinki Committee v. Bulgaria to be inadmissible for lack of legal standing.
The applicant, an association specialising in human rights protection based in Sofia, lodged an application with the Court concerning the death in special homes of two adolescents with mental disabilities.
The Court specified that its decision should not be interpreted as disregard for civil society’s work to protect the rights of extremely vulnerable people....
Relinquishment of jurisdiction13/07/2016
The Chamber to which the case of Harkins v. the United Kingdom had been assigned has relinquished jurisdiction to the Grand Chamber. The applicant, who is wanted for murder in the United States, is subject to an extradition order in the United Kingdom.
He complains about his possible extradition to the US, where, he submits, a conviction for first-degree murder is subject to a mandatory life sentence, without any chance of early release....
Chamber judgment concerning Greece21/07/2016
In the case of Mamatas and Others v. Greece, the Court held that there had been no violation of the Convention.
The applicants are 6,320 Greek nationals who, as private individuals, hold Greek State bonds of amounts ranging from 10,000 to 1,510,000 euros.
The case concerned the forcible participation by the applicants in the effort to reduce the Greek public debt by exchanging their bonds for other debt instruments of lesser value....
Judgment concerning Bulgaria21/07/2016
In the case of Kulinski and Sabev v. Bulgaria, the Court held that there had been a violation of the right to free elections. It confirmed its finding in its earlier case-law that a general, automatic and indiscriminate restriction of the right to vote for prisoners was disproportionate to any legitimate aim pursued....
The Court will be holding a Grand Chamber hearing in the case of Medžlis Islamske Zajednice Brčko and Others v. Bosnia and Herzegovina on 31 August 2016.
The case concerns defamation proceedings brought against three NGOs and a religious community following a letter they had written to the highest authorities of their district to complain about the entertainment editor of a public radio station....
Grand Chamber hearing concerning Bulgaria06/07/2016
The Court held a Grand Chamber hearing in the case of Simeonovi v. Bulgaria.
The case concerns a lack of legal assistance during the first 3 days of custody of the applicant, a lifer, together with the conditions of detention and prison regime imposed on him....