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Chamber judgment concerning Norway

Human Rights Building Main hearing room



In the case of K.O. and V.M. v. Norway, the Court has held that the national courts were justified in placing the applicants’ daughter in a foster home a few weeks after her birth. However, the Court found a violation of the right to family life on account of the very limited contact rights granted to the applicants, namely 4 to 6 visits per year. 


The baby had been placed in a foster home in 2015 as a result of her parents’ history of drug use, psychological problems and domestic disputes, and was returned to them in 2018.

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Grand Chamber


  • Judgment concerning the Russian Federation


    In the case of Obote v. Russia, the Court has found a violation of the right to freedom of assembly on account of the applicant’s prosecution for having taken part in a flash mob in 2009 in front of the Office of the Russian Government, without prior notification.

    The Court considered the flash mob a “peaceful assembly” and held that the reasons given by the Russian authorities to justify its dispersal and the applicant’s prosecution had not been “relevant and sufficient”. Seven people standing in silence while holding a blank sheet of paper could not count as a threat to public order.

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  • Judgment concerning Finland

    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).


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