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Chamber judgment concerning Turkey

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The Court has found a breach of the right to freedom of expression in the case of Kerestecioğlu Demir v. Turkey.

The case concerned the withdrawal of parliamentary immunity from the applicant, an elected member of the Turkish Grand National Assembly for the HDP (Peoples’ Democratic Party), who alleged that this decision had been based on her political opinions.

The Court concluded that the withdrawal of the applicant’s parliamentary immunity through the constitutional amendment of 20 May 2016 constituted in itself an interference with the applicant’s right under Article 10 of the Convention.


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The French authorities have introduced a number of restrictions in the framework of the COVID-19 public-health crisis. The Court, while complying with the public-health measures adopted by our host State, in particular by prioritising teleworking and electronic communications, is continuing all its activities in accordance with the usual rules. Unlike during the previous lockdown periods, no special arrangements have been made in respect of procedures and time-limits. 


  • Freedom of expression and the ECHR

    Freedom of expression and the ECHR

    On 5 May 2021, at the Kristiansand European Conference on Support for democracy and human rights in the time of the Pandemic, President Spano set out the ECHR’s current case-law on freedom of expression.



    Programme of the Conference



  • Hearings in May

    Hearings in May

    The Court will be holding two Grand Chamber hearings in May 2021.

    The case Grzęda v. Poland concerns a reform of the judiciary in Poland as a result of which the office of a Supreme Administrative Court judge elected to the National Council of the Judiciary was terminated before the end of his four-year term.  There are currently 27 applications pending before the Court which raise issues relating to various  aspects of the reform of the judicial system in Poland under laws that entered into force in 2017 and  2018.

    The case Savickis and Others v. Latvia concerns the applicants’ allegations of discrimination in the calculation of their State pensions as permanently resident non-citizens of Latvia, as contrasted with Latvian citizens.

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    Calendar of hearings



  • Judgment concerning Romania

    Judgment concerning Romania

    In the case of Tőkés v. Romania, the Court has found a violation of freedom of expression.

    The applicant, László Tőkés, a Romanian national belonging to the Hungarian minority in Romania and a Member of the European Parliament in respect of Hungary, complained before the ECHR that he had been penalised by the Romanian authorities for flying the flags of Szeklerland and the Partium (Részek) territory on the building housing his office in Oradea.

    The Court held that the Romanian courts had not examined in depth all the relevant evidence before them, and that the reasons given for their decisions had been insufficient.

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