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Press Conference 2023

26/01/2023

President Síofra O’Leary held a press conference that was streamed live on Internet.

The President of the Court gave an overview of the Court’s activities in 2022 and presented the statistics for the past year. Accompanied by Marialena Tsirli, Registrar, she then took questions from journalists.

Press release

Webcast of the Press conference: English Original language

Speech by President O’Leary (in French only)

Annual Report 2022 Analysis of Statistics 2022

Violations by Article and by State 2022

More statistics

Due to the interruption of the international postal services to and from the Russian Federation and where the only means of delivery of the Court’s decisions and judgments to the applicants is by post, the Court has exceptionally decided to notify the applicants about decisions and judgments adopted by its Chamber and Committee judicial formations after 1 March 2022 in respect of applications against the Russian Federation only via its HUDOC database.

As announced in the Court’s press release of 29 August 2022, as from 1 September 2022 the Court has returned in some aspects to the normal processing of applications involving Ukraine. Due to the interruption of the international postal services to and from Ukraine, the Court will communicate with applicants via its electronic communication system, eComms. For that purpose, the Court will use the email address provided by the applicants. Regarding specifically the notification of decisions and judgments, where no email address has been provided the Court has exceptionally decided to notify the applicants about decisions and judgments adopted by its Chamber and Committee judicial formations only via its HUDOC database. Decisions adopted by the Single Judge will be notified only to those applicants who have provided an email address. Prior to contacting the Court about the state of the proceedings in a case, applicants are encouraged to consult the Court’s State of Proceedings search tool for further information.

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Grand Chamber

  • Decision concerning an inter-State case

    27/01/2023 
    Decision concerning an inter-State case

    In the inter-State case of Ukraine and the Netherlands v. Russia the Court has declared the applications partly admissible.

    The case concerns events in eastern Ukraine, including the downing of Flight MH17.

    Press release

    Delivery of the decision

    Webcast of the hearing (26/01/2022)

    Questions and Answers on Inter-State applications

    Inter-State applications

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  • Judgment concerning Lithuania

    23/01/2023 
    Judgment concerning Lithuania

    In the case of Macatė v. Lithuania the Court held that there had been a violation of the freedom of expression.

    This case concerned a book for nine-ten-year-olds written by an openly lesbian children’s author containing six stories based on traditional fairy tales but including characters from marginalised social groups and topics such as emigration and bullying. Two of the six fairy tales contain story lines of romantic relationships and marriages between persons of the same sex. Following a recommendation issued by the Inspectorate of Journalistic Ethics, the book was labelled by the publisher as possibly harmful to children under 14 years of age. The applicant, author of the book, died but her mother continued the proceedings before the ECHR in her place.

    Press release Delivery of judgment

    Webcast of the hearing (23/03/2022) Country profile: Lithuania Factsheet: Sexual Orientation

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  • Referral requests

    23/01/2023 

    On 30 January 2023 a panel of 5 judges will examine fourteen Grand Chamber referral requests.

    Press release

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Hearings

  • Grand Chamber hearing concerning Türkiye

    18/01/2023 
    Grand Chamber hearing concerning Türkiye

    The Court held a Grand Chamber hearing in the case of Yalçınkaya v. Türkiye.

    The case concerns the trial and conviction of the applicant for membership of the FETÖ/PDY. The trial took place in the aftermath of the attempted coup d’état of 15 July 2016.

    Press release 

    Webcast of the hearing

    Country profile - Türkiye

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Official Visits

  • Visit by the President of the Supreme Court of Ukraine

    27/01/2023 

    On 27 January 2023 Vsevolod Kniaziev, President of the Supreme Court of Ukraine, visited the Court and was received by President Síofra O’Leary. Mykola Gnatovskyy, judge elected in respect of Ukraine, and Marialena Tsirli, Registrar of the Court, also attended the meeting.

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  • Visit by the Vice-President of the Constitutional Court of Spain

    27/01/2023 
    Visit by the Vice-President of the Constitutional Court of Spain

    On 27 January 2023 Inmaculada Montalbán Huertas, Vice-President of the Constitutional Court of Spain, visited the Court and was received by President Síofra O’Leary. María Elósegui, judge elected in respect of Spain, and Abel Campos, Deputy Registrar of the Court, also attended the meeting.

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  • Visit by the Presidents of Constitutional Court and Court of Cassation of Armenia

    26/01/2023 
    Visit by the Presidents of Constitutional Court and Court of Cassation of Armenia

    On 26 January 2023 Arman Dilanyan, President of the Constitutional Court of Armenia, and Lilit Tadevosyan, President of the Court of Cassation of Armenia, visited the Court and were received by President Síofra O’Leary. Armen Harutyunyan, judge elected in respect of Armenia, and Abel Campos, Deputy Registrar of the Court, also attended the meeting.

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  • Visit by the President of the Council of State of Türkiye

    26/01/2023 
    Visit by the President of the Council of State of Türkiye

    On 26 January 2023 Zeki Yiğit, President of the Council of State of Türkiye, visited the Court and was received by President Síofra O’Leary. Saadet Yüksel, judge elected in respect of Türkiye, and Marialena Tsirli, Registrar of the Court, also attended the meeting.

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  • Visit by the President of the Senate of the Netherlands

    26/01/2023 
    Visit by the President of the Senate of the Netherlands

    On 26 January 2023 Jan Anthonie Bruijn, President of the Senate of the Netherlands, visited the Court and was received by President Síofra O’Leary. Jolien Schukking, judge elected in respect of the Netherlands, and Abel Campos, Deputy Registrar of the Court, also attended the meeting.

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  • Visit by the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany

    24/01/2023 
    Visit by the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany

    On 24 January 2023 Annalena Baerbock, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany, visited the Court and was received by President Síofra O’Leary. Anja Seibert-Fohr, judge elected in respect of Germany, and Marialena Tsirli, Registrar of the Court, also attended the meeting.

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Chamber

  • Judgment concerning Georgia

    19/01/2023 

    In the case of Machalikashvili and Others v. Georgia the Court held that there had been a violation of the procedural aspect and no violation of the substantive aspect of the right to life.

    The case concerned an anti-terrorism operation carried out in Georgia by the State Security Service. Following one of the arrests, the applicants’ relative died in hospital, having been shot while allegedly trying to detonate a grenade during his arrest.

    The Court found that the authorities had failed to comply with the requirements of an effective and thorough investigation. However, it considered that there was insufficient evidence to conclude, beyond reasonable doubt, that the applicants’ relative had died in circumstances engaging the responsibility of the State.

    Press release

    Factsheet: Terrorism

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  • Judgment concerning France

    19/01/2023 
    Judgment concerning France

    In the case of Pagerie v. France the Court held that there had been no violation of the freedom of movement.

    The case concerned a series of curfew orders issued in respect of the applicant under the state of emergency declared in France after the attacks of 13 November 2015 and the individual administrative control and monitoring orders to which he was subsequently made subject.

    Press release 

    Webcast of the hearing (18/10/2022)

    Factsheet: Terrorism

    Country profile - France

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