Request for advisory opinion rejected
The Court has decided to reject the request for an advisory opinion submitted by the Slovak Supreme Court concerning the independence of the current mechanism for assessing complaints against the police.
The ECHR considered that the points raised did not concern an issue for which the Slovak Supreme Court required guidance so that it could ensure respect for Convention rights in hearing and determining the case in question.
The French authorities have introduced a number of restrictions in the framework of the COVID-19 public-health crisis. The Court, while complying with the public-health measures adopted by our host State, in particular by prioritising teleworking and electronic communications, is continuing all its activities in accordance with the usual rules. Unlike during the previous lockdown periods, no special arrangements have been made in respect of procedures and time-limits.
Judgment concerning Hungary02/03/2021
In the case of R.R. and Others v. Hungary, the Court found a violation of the prohibition of inhuman and degrading treatment and of the right to liberty and security.
The case concerned the confinement of the applicants, a family of asylum-seekers, in the Röszke transit zone near the Serbian border in April-August 2017....
On 8 March 2021 a panel of 5 judges will examine nine Grand Chamber referral requests....
New inter-State application brought by Ukraine against the Russian Federation23/02/2021
The Court has received a new inter-State application lodged by Ukraine against the Russian Federation. The application concerns allegations of an ongoing administrative practice by the Russian Federation consisting of targeted assassination operations against perceived opponents, in Russia and on the territory of other States.
The Ukrainian Government also allege an administrative practice by the Russian Federation of failing to investigate the killings and of deliberately mounting cover-up operations aimed at frustrating efforts to find the persons responsible.
Four inter-State applications lodged by Ukraine against Russia are currently pending before the Court....
Decisions concerning Iceland04/03/2021
In the cases of Sigurjón Árnason v. Iceland, Ívar Guðjónsson v. Iceland, Sigurþór Charles Guðmundsson v. Iceland, Margrét Guðjónsdóttir v. Iceland and Karl Emil Wernersson v. Iceland, the Court has taken note of the friendly settlements reached by the parties and struck the cases off the list.
The applications concerned the applicants’ criminal convictions in cases linked to the 2008 financial crisis and its consequences in Iceland.
In its friendly settlement declarations Iceland acknowledged violations of the applicants’ right to a fair trial and undertook to pay them a sum of 12,000 euros each in respect of non-pecuniary damage and to defray all expenses incurred. The applicants, for their part, agreed not to bring any further action against Iceland....