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Chamber judgment concerning Azerbaijan

Human Rights Building - Hall Stairs


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.


Press release

Other Information

  • Webcasting: contribution from Ireland

    Webcasting: contribution from Ireland

    Ireland has recently renewed its support for the webcasting project, which enables all the public hearings of the Court to be filmed, recorded and broadcast on the ECHR Internet site.

    Thanks to the funding received since 2007 from the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, more than 250 hearings have been filmed to date and have reached a wide audience via the Internet. The videos are made available on the day of the hearing and even the older videos can still be watched.

    Webcast of hearings

  • Non-contentious procedure

    Non-contentious procedure

    The Court has introduced a non-contentious procedure from the communication of the case, the point where notice of the application is given to the respondent Government. This mechanism allows the parties to reach a friendly settlement, with the aim of reducing case-processing time and ensuring speedier resolution of the dispute.

    A video explaining the stages of the non-contentious procedure has just been published by the Court.




  • Judgment concerning Switzerland


    In the case of A.A. v. Switzerland the Court held that there would be a violation of the Convention if the applicant, an Afghan national of Hazara ethnicity who had converted to Christianity, were returned from Switzerland to Afghanistan.

    It noted that, according to numerous documents, Afghans who had become Christians or who were suspected of conversion were exposed to a risk of persecution which could take the form of State persecution and result in the death penalty.

    Press release


Official Visit

  • Visit by a member of the Swiss Federal Council

    Visit by a member of the Swiss Federal Council

    On 7 November 2019, Alain Berset, member of the Swiss Federal Council, was received by President Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos. Helen Keller, judge elected in respect of Switzerland, and Roderick Liddell, Registrar, also attended the meeting.


Grand Chamber

  • Referral


    On 4 November 2019 the Court accepted the referral to the Grand Chamber of the case of Kurt v. Austria.

    The case concerns the murder of an eight-year-old boy by his father after previous allegations by the mother of domestic violence.

    The Court also decided to adjourn one request and to reject requests to refer eight other cases.

    Press release

    Cases pending before the Grand Chamber



  • Colloquy in Geneva

    Colloquy in Geneva

    On 6 November 2019, a delegation from the Court, led by President Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos, took part in a colloquy with the Human Rights Committee in Geneva.


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