Chamber judgment concerning Italy and Greece
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.
Judgment concerning Ukraine30/10/2014
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....
Judgment concerning the United Kingdom28/10/2014
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....
Judgment concerning Romania21/10/2014
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....
Hearings in November 201431/10/2014
The Court will be holding a hearing in the case of Gherghina v. Romania on 12 November 2014. The case concerns the applicant’s alleged inability to pursue university studies because of the lack of accessible buildings for people with disabilities and the alleged failure to provide any reasonable alternative solutions.
The Court will also be holding a hearing in the case of Kudrevičius and Others v. Lithuania on 26 November 2014. The case concerns the conviction of 5 farmers for rioting, following a protest in which they had blockaded major roads during a dispute with the Government over the price of milk....
Chamber hearing concerning the Russian Federation14/10/2014
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....
Visit to Azerbaijan27/10/2014
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)...
Visit by a delegation of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights21/10/2014
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....
Forthcoming Grand Chamber judgment28/10/2014
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....