Chamber judgment concerning Azerbaijan
In the case of Khadija Ismayilova v. Azerbaijan, the Court has found a violation of the right to respect for private life and the right to freedom of expression.
The applicant, who was working at the time for Radio Azadliq (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty), is an investigative journalist who is highly critical of the Government. She complained of interference in her intimate and private life, submitting that the harassment which she had suffered had been part of a systematic smear campaign being conducted against journalists in Azerbaijan for political reasons.
The Court took note, in particular, of information on cases of persecution of journalists in Azerbaijan and on the overall impression that the persecutors could act with impunity.
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Judgment concerning Greece19/12/2018
In the Grand Chamber case of Molla Sali v. Greece, the Court found a violation.
The case concerned the application by the Greek courts of Islamic religious (Sharia) law to a dispute concerning inheritance rights over the estate of the late husband of the applicant, a Greek national belonging to the country’s Muslim minority....
The Chamber to which the inter-States case Slovenia v. Croatia had been assigned has relinquished it to the Grand Chamber.
The case concerns allegations of unfairness, a lack of impartiality and discrimination by the Croatian courts in proceedings brought by a Slovenian bank, Ljubljanska banka d.d., to collect debts owed by Croatian companies....
Judgment concerning the Republic of Moldova15/01/2019
In the case of Mătăsaru v. Republic of Moldova, the Court found that the applicant’s right to freedom of expression was breached when he was given a suspended prison sentence for staging a demonstration in front of the prosecutor-general’s office, involving sculptures which likened civil servants to genitalia and were judged obscene....
Judgment concerning the Russian Federation15/01/2019
In in the case of Kopytok v. Russia the Court held that there had been a violation of the protection of property.
The case concerned the applicant’s complaint about buying a flat which in the eyes of the law could still be used by members of the seller’s family.
The Court found that the applicant had suffered an excessive burden because the right to use the flat enjoyed by the seller’s adult children had not been recorded in any official register that she could consult....
Judgment concerning San Marino10/01/2019
In the case of Berardi and Mularoni v. San Marino, the Court found no violation of the Convention.
The applicants, two officials who had been convicted of bribery in connection with safety on construction sites, submitted that their conviction had been based on the retroactive application of criminal legislation on corruption....
Judgment concerning Latvia10/01/2019
In the case of Ēcis v. Latvia, the Court found a violation of the prohibition of discrimination after noting that in Latvia men and women who had committed a serious criminal offence and been sentenced to the same penalty were treated differently; men were automatically placed in the highest security category and held in closed prisons.
In this case the applicant complained that he had not had not been allowed to attend his father’s funeral, pursuant to a law regulating prison regimes....
Judgment concerning Germany10/01/2019
In the case of Wunderlich v. Germany, the Court found no violation of the Convention.
The applicants complained that the German authorities had partly removed their parental authority and placed their children in a home for three weeks on the grounds of their refusal to send them to school.
The Court ruled that compulsory schooling for the purposes of integrating children in society was a relevant reason justifying the partial withdrawal of parental authority....
The Court has declared inadmissible the application in the case of Bild GmbH & Co. KG v. Germany.
The case concerned an order prohibiting the publishers of the daily newspaper Bild from publishing or distributing a photograph of a well-known Swiss journalist taken while he was in pre-trial detention.
In the Court’s view, although the photograph in question had not been defamatory, depreciatory or degrading for the journalist’s image, it had nevertheless shown him in a situation where he could not have expected to be photographed....
Composition of the Court08/01/2019
The elected Judges in respect of Albania and Norway - Darian Pavli and Arnfinn Bårdsen respectively - were sworn in by the President on Monday 7 January 2019....