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Press Conference 2022


President Robert Spano held a press conference that was streamed live on Internet.

The President of the Court gave an overview of the Court’s activities in 2021 and presented the statistics for the past year. Accompanied by Marialena Tsirli, Registrar, and Abel Campos, Deputy Registrar, he then took questions from journalists.

Press release

Webcast of the Press conference: English Original language

Speech by President Spano: English French 

Annual Report 2021 Analysis of statistics 2021 Violations by Article and by State 2021

More statistics


  • Judgment concerning Turkey

    Judgment concerning Turkey

    In the case of İlker Deniz Yücel v. Turkey, the Court has found several violations of the Convention.

    The case concerned the pre-trial detention, from 14 February 2017 to 16 February 2018, of the journalist İlker Deniz Yücel, allegedly on account of his activities as a journalist. At the relevant time Mr Yücel had been the Turkish correspondent of the German daily newspaper Die Welt.

    The Court observed that in its judgment in 2019, the Turkish Constitutional Court had ruled that Mr Yücel had suffered a breach of his right to liberty and security and of his right to freedom of expression and of the press, and awarded him a sum in compensation for the nonpecuniary damage which he had sustained, as well as costs and expenses. However, the Court held that the award was manifestly insufficient and that Mr Yücel could still claim to be a victim within the meaning of Article 34 of the Convention.

    Press release

  • Judgment concerning Italy


    In the case of Sy v. Italy, the Court has found several violations of the Convention.

    The applicant in this case, who suffered from a personality disorder and bipolar disorder, had remained in detention in an ordinary prison for almost two years despite domestic court decisions stating that his mental health was incompatible with such detention, before his transfer to a Residential Centre for the enforcement of preventive measures (REMS), and later to a prison psychiatric service. The Court found that he had not had the benefit of any overall therapeutic strategy for treating his disorder, against a general background of poor conditions of detention.

    Press release


Protocol No. 15 to the Convention reduces from 6 to 4 months the time-limit for lodging an application before the Court after the final domestic decision taken in the framework of the exhaustion of domestic remedies. This new four-month time-limit will come into force on 1 February 2022. However, it will only apply to applications in which the final domestic decision in question was taken on or after 1 February 2022.  This change of time-limit has been adopted by the 47 member States of the Council of Europe.


  • Forthcoming hearing

    Forthcoming hearing

    The Court will be holding a Grand Chamber hearing on admissibility in the inter-State case Ukraine and the Netherlands v. Russia on 26 January 2022.

    The case concerns events in eastern Ukraine, including the downing of Flight MH17.

    Press release

    Calendar of hearings

    Inter-State applications