Chamber judgment concerning Turkey
In the case of Kavala v. Turkey, the Court found violations of the right to liberty and security and of Article 18 (limitation of restrictions on rights). The measures taken against the applicant had sought to reduce him to silence, together with all human rights defenders. The Court called for his immediate release. Mehmet Osman Kavala is a businessman who has been involved in setting up numerous NGOs and civil-society movements which are active in the areas of human rights, culture, social studies, historical reconciliation and environmental protection.
He was arrested in October 2017 on suspicion of attempting to overthrow the Government and the constitutional order through force and violence. The charges against him were linked to the Gezi Park events and to the attempted coup d’état of 15 July 2016.
Judgment concerning France05/12/2019
The Court has declared inadmissible the application in the case of Petithory Lanzmann v. France.
The applicant, Ms Petithory Lanzmann, widow of Claude Lanzmann, the journalist, writer and director, complained that she had been unable to have her deceased son’s sperm transferred to an establishment capable of arranging medically assisted reproduction or gestational surrogacy.
The Court found that the right for an individual to decide how and when to become a parent was a non-transferable right and that Article 8 did not guarantee a right to become a grandparent....
Judgment concerning Armenia05/12/2019
In the case of Hambardzumyan v. Armenia the Court found that there had been a violation of the right to respect for private and family life when the applicant, suspected of bribery and fraud, had been placed under secret surveillance.
The Court found in particular that the warrant had not been specific enough about the person who was the object of the surveillance measure, vagueness which was unacceptable when it came to such a serious interference with the right to respect for private and family life as secret surveillance....
Grand Chamber hearing concerning Belgium04/12/2019
The Court held a Grand Chamber hearing in the case of Mugemangango v. Belgium.
In this case the applicant, Chairman of the Belgian Labour Party (PTB) for Hainaut Province, alleges that the post-electoral disputes procedure in Belgium does not have minimum safeguards against arbitrariness; he complains that the legislative assemblies themselves have the power to verify any irregularities arising during the elections....
Hearings in December29/11/2019
In December 2019 the Court will be holding hearings in cases concerning Belgium and Hungary.
In the case Mugemangango v. Belgium the applicant, Chairman of the Belgian Labour Party (PTB) for Hainaut Province, alleges that the post-electoral disputes procedure in Belgium does not have minimum safeguards against arbitrariness; he complains that the legislative assemblies themselves have the power to verify any irregularities arising during the elections.
The case of Albert and Others v. Hungary concerns the legislation introducing the mandatory integration of two banks, namely Kinizsi Bank Zrt. and Mohácsi Takarék Bank Zrt, of which the applicants were shareholders, into a state control scheme....
New Vice-President and Section President of the Court09/12/2019
The ECHR has elected a new Vice-President - Judge Jon Fridrik Kjølbro (Denmark). It has also elected a new Section President – Judge Síofra O’Leary (Ireland). They will take up their duties on 1 January 2020 respectively....