Grand Chamber hearing concerning an inter-State case
The Court held a Grand Chamber hearing on admissibility in the inter-State case Ukraine and the Netherlands v. Russia.
The case concerns events in eastern Ukraine, including the downing of Flight MH17.
Judgment concerning Turkey25/01/2022
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....
Judgment concerning Italy24/01/2022
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....
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 comes into force on 1 February 2022. However, it only applies 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.
Hearings in February28/01/2022
In February 2022, the Court will be holding three Grand Chamber hearings.
In the case of Halet v. Luxembourg the applicant, who worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), complains before the ECHR about his conviction for disclosing tax documents concerning his employers’ clients to a journalist.
The case McCallum v. Italy concerns the extradition of Beverly Ann McCallum to the USA, where she is sought as a suspect in her husband’s death and the burning of his corpse. The applicant, an American national, is currently in detention in Italy.
The case Sanchez-Sanchez v. United Kingdom concerns the applicant’s extradition to the United States, where there is a possibility that he may, if convicted, be sentenced to life imprisonment without parole....
Press Conference 202225/01/2022
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....