Chamber judgment concerning Finland
In the case of N.A. v. Finland, the Court found that there had been a violation of the right to life and the prohibition of torture and inhuman or degrading treatment. The applicant had complained of a decision by the Finnish authorities to deport her father to Iraq, where he was shot dead in 2017, shortly after his return.
The Court found in particular that the Finnish authorities had not carried out a thorough enough assessment of the individual risks faced by the applicant’s late father in Iraq although he had already faced two near deadly attacks there in a context of tension between Shia and Sunni groups (the father being a Sunni Muslim).
Visit of the French Minister of Sports14/11/2019
On 14 November 2019, Roxana Maracineanu, Minister of Sports of France, was received by President Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos. Roderick Liddell, Registrar, also attended the meeting....
Visit by the French Secretary of State for Child Protection13/11/2019
On 13 November 2019, Adrien Taquet, French Secretary of State for Child Protection, was received by President Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos. André Potocki, Judge elected in respect of France, and Roderick Liddell, Registrar, also attended the meeting....
Visit by the Government Spokeswoman of France13/11/2019
On 8 November 2019, Sibeth Ndiaye, Secretary of State, Government Spokeswoman of France, was received by President Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos. Roderick Liddell, Registrar, also attended the meeting....
Commemoration of the fall of the Berlin Wall12/11/2019
President Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos, Mayor of Strasbourg, Roland Ries, and the Permanent Representative of Germany to the Council of Europe, Rolf Mafael, together with the Permanent Representative of France to the Council of Europe, Jean-Baptiste Mattéi, took part in a ceremony marking the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on 9 November 2019. They addressed a gathering of people in front of the 4 slabs of the Berlin Wall that were donated by Germany in 1990 to the Council of Europe and now stand on the forecourt of the Human Rights Building.
Speech by President Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos (in French only)...
The Court will deliver its Grand Chamber judgments in the cases of Ilias and Ahmed v. Hungary and Z.A. and Others v. Russia on 21 November 2019.
The case of Ilias and Ahmed v. Hungary concerns the detention of two Bangladeshi asylum-seekers in the border zone for 23 days as well as their removal from Hungary to Serbia.
The case of Z.A. and Others v. Russia concerns complaints brought by 4 individuals from Iraq, the Palestinian territories, Somalia and Syria who were travelling via Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport and were denied entry into Russia. They spent between five months and nearly 2 years in the airport’s transit zone....
Commemoration of the fall of the Berlin Wall
Judgment concerning Azerbaijan07/11/2019
In the case of Natig Jafarov v. Azerbaijan the Court held that there had been several violations of the Convention.
The case concerned the arrest, pre-trial detention and confinement in a metal cage in court of the applicant, co-founder of the political movement called Republican Alternative Civic Movement (REAL) .
The Court reiterated its previous findings as regards a pattern of measures being used against opposition and civil society activists like the applicant which aimed at suppressing their activities. It thus found that the measures against him had similarly been imposed for an ulterior purpose....