Chamber judgment concerning Croatia

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19/07/2018

In the case of S.M. v. Croatia, the Court has found a violation of the prohibition on slavery and forced labour.

The applicant, a Croatian national, complained that she had been forced to prostitute herself for several months. She alleged that the authorities had failed to respond appropriately to her complaint and submitted that there was no legal framework in Croatia for dealing with the issues raised by her case.

The Court held that the exploitation of prostitution – similarly to trafficking in human beings – came within the scope of Article 4 of the Convention and concluded that there had been a violation of this provision.

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  • Judgment concerning the Russian Federation

    17/07/2018 
    Judgment concerning the Russian Federation

    In the case of Mazepa and Others v. Russia the Court held that there had been a violation of the right to life concerning the investigation into the 2006 murder of journalist Anna Politkovskaya.

    The Court found that while the Russian authorities had found and convicted a group of men who had directly carried out the contract killing of the journalist, they had failed to take adequate investigatory steps to find the person or persons who had commissioned the murder.

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  • Judgment concerning the Russian Federation

    17/07/2018 

    In the case of Mariya Alekhina and Others v. Russia, the Court held that there had been several violations of the Convention.

    The case concerned the conviction and imprisonment of three members of the Pussy Riot punk band for attempting to perform one of their protest songs in a Moscow cathedral in 2012. The courts ruled in particular that their performance had been offensive and banned access to video recordings they had subsequently downloaded onto the Internet because they were “extremist”.

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  • Judgment concerning the Republic of Moldova and the Russian Federation

    17/07/2018 

    In the case of Sandu and Others v. the Republic of Moldova and Russia the Court held that there had been no violation of the Convention by the Republic of Moldova, and a violation of the protection of property and the right to an effective remedy by the Russian Federation.

    The case concerned complaints by 1,646 individual Moldovan applicants and 3 companies that they had not been able to access land in the separatist region of the “Moldovan Transdniestrian Republic” or had suffered other restrictions.

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Decisions

  • Inadmissibility decision

    19/07/2018 

    The Court has declared inadmissible the application in the case of Aielli and Others v. Italy.

    The 10,059 applicants complained about the reform, in 2012 and 2013, of the adjustment mechanism for retirement pensions.

    The Court considered that the effects of the reform had not been such as to place the individuals concerned at risk of having insufficient means to live on and thus to constitute a breach of the Convention.

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  • Decision concerning Germany

    19/07/2018 

    The Court has declared partly inadmissible the application in the case of Storck v. Germany.

    The case concerned the domestic courts’ refusal to reopen civil proceedings against a private clinic following an ECHR judgment in the applicant’s favour.

    The Court found that it did not have competence to examine the complaint as it did not concern a “new issue” which had not been dealt with by the previous judgment in the applicant’s case. Rather, the complaint concerned a matter relating to the execution of that previous judgment, which fell within the competence of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.

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Other information

  • Overview of the Court's case-law

    16/07/2018 

    The Court has published an Overview of its case-law for the first 6 months of 2018, which contains a selection of cases of interest from a legal perspective.

    2018 (first semester)

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  • Country profiles

    13/07/2018 
    Country profiles

    Country profiles containing data and information, broken down by individual State, on significant cases considered by the Court or currently pending before it, have been updated on 1 July 2018.

    There is one country file for each Council of Europe member State.

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