Grand Chamber judgment concerning Romania
In the case of Muhammad and Muhammad v. Romania the Court held that there had been a violation concerning the procedural safeguards relating to expulsion of aliens.
The case concerned a procedure to remove two Pakistani nationals from Romania after they had been declared undesirable.
Webcast of the hearing (25/09/2019)
Chamber judgment concerning Romania13/10/2020
In the case of Gafiuc v. Romania, the Court found that there had been no violation of the right to freedom of expression. The applicant, a sports journalist for the Gazeta Sporturilor at the time, complained of the withdrawal of his accreditation to consult the Securitate archives after he had published information on various well-known sports figures.
The Court noted that the applicant’s obligation to protect personal data held by public authorities had been foreseeable, and that the withdrawal of accreditation in the event of failure to comply with the strictly scientific use of information was laid down in the rules of the National Council for the Study of Securitate Archives.
It reiterated that freedom of expression was not unlimited and can be restricted in order to protect the rights and freedoms of others....
Judgment concerning Romania13/10/2020
In the case of Ádám and Others v. Romania, the Court found that there had been no violation of Article 1 of Protocol No. 12 (general prohibition of discrimination).
The applicants are ethnic Hungarians and at school were taught in Hungarian. They complained that in the baccalaureate, as both Hungarian and Romanian languages were tested, they had been obliged to sit two additional exams compared to ethnic Romanians....
Judgment concerning Bulgaria13/10/2020
In the case of Koychev v. Bulgaria, the Court found a violation of the right to respect for the applicant’s private life.
The applicant claimed to be the biological father of a child born outside marriage who had been recognised by another man, the mother’s new husband. He complained to the Court that Bulgarian law did not allow a child’s biological father to challenge a decision recognising another man as the child’s father and to have the child recognised as his own....
Judgment concerning Bulgaria13/10/2020
In the case of Marin Yosifov v. Bulgaria the Court found two violations of the right to liberty and security and a violation of the right to respect for the applicant’s private life.
In the context of a criminal investigation into corruption in 2009, the applicant, who at the time was Mayor of Sadovo, was held in custody for four days without being brought before a judge, and a search was carried out at his office without a judicial warrant....
Grand Chamber hearing concerning the Republic of Moldova14/10/2020
The Court held a Grand Chamber hearing in the case of In the case of NIT S.R.L. v. the Republic of Moldova.
The applicant, a private television station, alleges that its broadcasting licence was withdrawn on account of the sharp criticisms of the Moldovan Government expressed in its programmes....
Hearings in October01/10/2020
In October 2020 the Court will be holding two hearings via videoconference, on account of the Covid-19 crisis.
In the case of NIT S.R.L. v. the Republic of Moldova, the applicant, a private television station, alleges that its broadcasting licence was withdrawn on account of the sharp criticisms of the Moldovan Government expressed in its programmes.
The case of Denis and Irvine v. Belgium concerns the refusal of the Belgian courts to release the applicants, who were placed in compulsory confinement in Belgium under the 1930 Social Protection Act for offences classified as theft (Mr Denis in 2007) and attempted aggravated burglary (Mr Irvine in 2002)....
Visit by the UNHCR Representative13/10/2020
On 13 October 2020, Andreas Wissner, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Representative to the European Institutions in Strasbourg, visited the Court and was received by President Robert Spano. Marialena Tsirli, Registrar-elect, also attended the meeting....
Visit by the Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom13/10/2020
On 13 October 2020, Neil Holland, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the Council of Europe, visited the Court and was received by President Robert Spano. Tim Eicke, judge elected in respect of the United Kingdom, and Roderick Liddell, Registrar, also attended the meeting....
Referral to the Grand Chamber13/10/2020
The Court has accepted the referral to the Grand Chamber of the case of Mraović v. Croatia.
In this case, the applicant argues that the Croatian courts explained their decision to hold the trial in private by the need to protect the victim’s private life, without weighing up this right against his right to a public hearing....
Interim measure in the case of Armenia v. Turkey14/10/2020
In response to a request from Armenia concerning the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the Court decided on 6 October 2020 to apply Rule 39 of the Rules of Court. It called on all States directly or indirectly involved in the conflict, including Turkey, to refrain from actions that would contribute to breaches of the Convention rights of civilians and to respect their obligations under the Convention.
Having examined the objections made by the Government of Turkey and again taking account of the serious and escalating nature of the conflict, the Court does not find any reason to amend its decision or to lift any part of the interim measure previously indicated....