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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


  • 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



  • Commemoration of the fall of the Berlin Wall

    Commemoration of the fall of the Berlin Wall

    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 Mattei, 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)


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


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


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.



  • 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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