Grand Chamber hearing concerning the United Kingdom
The Court held a Grand Chamber hearing in the case of Ibrahim and Others v. the United Kingdom.
The case concerns the temporary delay in providing access to a lawyer during the police questioning of suspects involved in the 21 July 2005 London transport system bombings and the alleged prejudice to their ensuing trials.
Meeting at the Court
Meeting with the Government Agents18/11/2015
On 16 November 2015 the Government Agents, who represent the States in the proceedings before the Court, attended a seminar in which President Guido Raimondi, Section President Angelika Nußberger and Judges Julia Laffranque, Johannes Silvis and Robert Spano, Erik Fribergh, Registrar of the Court, Roderick Liddell, Deputy Registrar a.i., Section Registrars and Deputy Section Registrars took part. This event provides an opportunity for the Agents to express their concerns and indicate any problems they have encountered in their work. Various procedural and practical matters were discussed in the course of the seminar....
Visit by a delegation of the CCBE16/11/2015
On 13 November 2015, President Raimondi received a delegation from the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) led by her President, Maria Ślązak, for a working meeting. During the visit the delegation also met Kristina Pardalos, judge elected in respect of San Marino, Julia Laffranque, judge elected in respect of Estonia, Yonko Grozev, judge elected in respect of Bulgaria and members of the Registry....
New handbook ECHR-FRA23/11/2015
The Court and the FRA (European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights) have launched a handbook on European law relating to the rights of the child. This handbook is a point of reference on both Council of Europe and European Union law related to the protection and promotion of children’s rights....
The Court has declared inadmissible the application in the case of M’Bala M’Bala v. France.
The case concerned the conviction of Dieudonné M’Bala M’Bala, a comedian with political activities, for public insults directed at a person or group of persons on account of their origin or of belonging to a given ethnic community, nation, race or religion, specifically in this case persons of Jewish origin or faith.
The Court found that the acts at issue were unmistakeably negationist and anti-Semitic in nature. It concluded that the applicant had sought to deflect Article 10 from its real purpose by using his right to freedom of expression for ends which were incompatible with the letter and spirit of the Convention and which, if admitted, would contribute to the destruction of Convention rights and freedoms....
Grand Chamber hearing concerning Hungary04/11/2015
The Court held a hearing in the case of Magyar Helsinki Bizottság v. Hungary. The applicant, the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, is a NGO active in the field of monitoring the implementation of international human rights instruments in Hungary and in related advocacy.
The case concerns the authorities’ refusal to provide it with information related to the work of court-appointed defenders....