Judgment concerning Hungary
In the case of Ilias and Ahmed v. Hungary, the Court has found a violation of the Convention on account of the applicants’ removal to Serbia and no violation of the Convention as regards the living conditions in the transit zone.
The applicants, two asylum seekers from Bangladesh, had spent 23 days in a border transit zone in Hungary before being expelled to Serbia when their applications for asylum were rejected.
Webcast of the hearing (18/04/2018)
Judgment concerning the Russian Federation
In the case of Z.A. and Others v. Russia, the Court has found a violation of the Convention on account of the applicants’ confinement in a transit zone, the living conditions in that zone and the treatment to which they were subjected. The case concerned the confinement, for long periods of time, of four men in the transit zone of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport while the authorities dealt with their respective asylum applications. They all eventually left Russia after living in the transit zone.
Webcast of the hearing (18/04/2018)
Judgment concerning Norway19/11/2019
In the case of K.O. and V.M. v. Norway, the Court has held that the national courts were justified in placing the applicants’ daughter in a foster home a few weeks after her birth. However, the Court found a violation of the right to family life on account of the very limited contact rights granted to the applicants, namely 4 to 6 visits per year.
The baby had been placed in a foster home in 2015 as a result of her parents’ history of drug use, psychological problems and domestic disputes, and was returned to them in 2018....
Judgment concerning the Russian Federation19/11/2019
In the case of Obote v. Russia, the Court has found a violation of the right to freedom of assembly on account of the applicant’s prosecution for having taken part in a flash mob in 2009 in front of the Office of the Russian Government, without prior notification.
The Court considered the flash mob a “peaceful assembly” and held that the reasons given by the Russian authorities to justify its dispersal and the applicant’s prosecution had not been “relevant and sufficient”. Seven people standing in silence while holding a blank sheet of paper could not count as a threat to public order....
Visit by the French Secretary of State for Disabled Persons21/11/2019
On 21 November 2019, Sophie Cluzel, French Secretary of State for Disabled Persons, was received by President Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos. André Potocki, Judge elected in respect of France, and Roderick Liddell, Registrar, also attended the meeting....
Commemoration of the fall of the Berlin Wall12/11/2019
President Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos, Mayor of Strasbourg, Roland Ries, and the Permanent Representative of Germany to the Council of Europe, Rolf Mafael, together with the Permanent Representative of France to the Council of Europe, Jean-Baptiste Mattéi, took part in a ceremony marking the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on 9 November 2019. They addressed a gathering of people in front of the 4 slabs of the Berlin Wall that were donated by Germany in 1990 to the Council of Europe and now stand on the forecourt of the Human Rights Building.
Speech by President Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos (in French only)...
The Chamber to which the case of M.A. v. Denmark had been assigned has declined jurisdiction in favour of the Grand Chamber.
The applicant in this case is a Syrian national who arrived in Denmark in January 2015 and was granted a residence permit, extended by one-year periods. He complains about Denmark’s refusal to issue a residence permit to his wife for the purpose of family reunion....
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