Grand Chamber judgment concerning Sweden
In the case of J.K. and Others v. Sweden the Court found that the applicants’ deportation to Iraq would lead to a violation of the prohibition of torture and inhuman or degrading treatment.
The applicants, a couple and their son, are Iraqi nationals whose application for asylum in Sweden was rejected and who are under an expulsion order to Iraq.
In this case the Court noted that the applicants had suffered ill-treatment at the hands of al-Qaeda, and that J.K. had belonged to a group of persons who were systematically targeted for their links with the American armed forces. The Court therefore found that the the applicants would run a real risk from non-State actors if returned to Iraq.
The procedure before the Court is written, but in exceptional cases the Court will hold public hearings. Since 2007 a webcasting project financed by Ireland has enabled all the Court’s hearings to be filmed and broadcast on the web. There are now more than 200 such webcasts available....
The Court will be holding a Grand Chamber hearing in the case of Medžlis Islamske Zajednice Brčko and Others v. Bosnia and Herzegovina on 31 August 2016.
The case concerns defamation proceedings brought against three NGOs and a religious community following a letter they had written to the highest authorities of their district to complain about the entertainment editor of a public radio station....
Translation of the Court’s case-law17/08/2016
With a view to making its case-law more accessible, the Court has made available, on the HUDOC database, almost 19,000 translations of documents (judgments, decisions, summaries, etc.) in official languages of the Council of Europe member States.
These documents have been translated on the initiative of governments, NGOs, associations, bar associations and institutes, and with the support of the Human Rights Trust Fund.
As a result, the Court’s leading cases are now available in over 30 languages....
The “Applicants” pages, which are there to guide and assist persons wishing to lodge an application with the Court, are available in 36 official languages of the member States of the Council of Europe.
They contain basic texts and documents and also information on the formal requirements and admissibility conditions. They are also a means of accessing all translations of the case-law and documents and videos on the Court and how it functions....
ECHR case-law by article17/08/2016
The “Guides to the Convention” series, which is designed to present the fundamental judgments of the Court by Convention article, has just been boosted with two new studies, namely “The principle that only the law can define a crime and prescribe a penalty” and “The prohibition of collective expulsions of aliens”....