Current activities at the ECHR during the global health crisis
Since Monday 16 March 2020 the Court has taken a number of exceptional measures in the context of the global health crisis.
In accordance with the lockdown measures adopted by the host country, and while facilitating teleworking and electronic communication, the Court has maintained its core activities (in particular the handling of priority cases) and has continued to receive applications and allocate them to the relevant judicial formations.
Judgment concerning Slovakia24/03/2020
In the case of Asady and Others v. Slovakia the Court held that there had been no violation of the Convention.
The applicants, 19 Afghan nationals, had been arrested by the Slovakian police in 2014 near the Ukrainian border. They complained about their expulsion to Ukraine by the Slovakian police on the day of their arrest. The Court examined the applications of seven of the applicants who had shown that they still wished to pursue the proceedings.
The Court noted that twelve people detained in Slovakia at the same time as the applicants had expressed a wish to claim asylum and had not been returned to Ukraine. It considered that the applicants had had an opportunity to draw the authorities' attention to any circumstance which might have affected their status and entitled them to remain in Slovakia. Furthermore, their removal had not been ordered without any form of examination of their individual situation....
Judgment concerning Italy19/03/2020
In the case of Fabris and Parziale v. Italy the Court held that there had been no violation of the Convention.
The case concerned the death of a relative of the applicants while in custody in Venice Prison, who, according to an expert assessment, had died after deliberately inhaling gas from canisters provided to prisoners for cooking....
ECHR is taking exceptional measures16/03/2020
The Court is taking a number of exceptional measures to respond to the unprecedented global health crisis, having regard to the recent decisions of the French authorities and the Council of Europe.
The Court’s essential activities will in principle be maintained and especially the handling of priority cases. Procedures have been adopted for the examination of urgent requests for interim measures under Rule 39 of the Rules of Court.
The six-month time-limit for the lodging of applications, under Article 35 of the Convention, is exceptionally suspended for a one-month period running from Monday 16 March 2020. All time-limits allotted in proceedings that are currently pending will be suspended for one month, with effect from Monday 16 March 2020....