About: ECHR

Cybersecurity 14-09-2018

UK guilty of human rights abuse, ECHR finds in groundbreaking surveillance case

GCHQ, the British government's intelligence and security organisation, has breached human rights in its mass surveillance programme, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) said in a landmark ruling on Thursday (13 September).
Freedom of thought 15-09-2017

EU faces legal ‘turf war’ on controversial religious freedom cases

Freedom to live by the values of religious faith is protected in the EU treaties under Article 10 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights. But it remains a legal grey area across the EU.

Northern Ireland court rules gay marriage ban doesn’t violate rights

Northern Ireland's refusal to recognise same-sex marriage does not violate the rights of couples affected, the Belfast High Court ruled on Thursday (17 August), in a blow to campaigners in the only part of the United Kingdom that bans gay marriage.
Freedom of thought 20-07-2017

European human rights court to rule on extremist online videos

Europe's top human rights court will rule on Thursday (19 July) whether online videos considered by a Belgian court to be Islamist hate speech should be allowed under free speech provisions.
Freedom of thought 12-07-2017

Top Europe court upholds ban on full-face veil in Belgium

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Tuesday (11 July) upheld a Belgian ban on wearing the full-face niqab veil in public, calling the restriction "necessary in a democratic society".
Enlargement 04-07-2017

Turkey’s opposition leader launches ECHR appeal as he marches to Istanbul

Turkey's main opposition leader launched a European court appeal today (4 July) over an April vote that granted President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan sweeping powers, stepping up his challenge to the government as he leads a 425 kilometre (265 mile) protest march.
European Court of Human Rights
Enlargement 27-01-2017

Over 5,000 Turks file cases at European court over purge

More than 5,300 Turks have filed complaints before the European Court of Human Rights over their government's purge following a failed coup last July, the president of the court said Thursday (26 January).
Global Europe 13-12-2016

Chess great Kasparov wins ECHR case against Russia

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) today (13 December) condemned Russia for its treatment of former world chess champion turned Kremlin critic Garry Kasparov, the second such ruling in two months.
Federica Mogherini
Global Europe 18-07-2016

Mogherini on Turkey: ‘No country can become an EU member state if it introduces the death penalty’

EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini stressed on Monday (18 July) that “no country can become an EU member state if it introduces the death penalty”, after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Sunday that the country should reintroduce capital punishment after last week’s attempted coup.

Institutions start discussing way forward after ECHR setback

More than a year after the European Court of Justice (ECJ) blocked the EU’s efforts to sign up to the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), the European Parliament hosted a meeting with representatives of the institutions yesterday (20 April) to discuss the way forward.

ECJ makes landmark ruling on prisoner extradition

The European Court of Justice has ruled that German authorities should not extradite suspected criminals to other countries, if their fundamental rights are put in jeopardy in the receiving country. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Digital 14-01-2016

European court’s blow to Hungary could draw similar privacy complaints

The blow dealt to Hungary's surveillance practices this week by the European Court of Human (ECtHR) Rights could usher in a wave of similar rulings from around the EU.
Digital 13-01-2016

Companies can monitor workers’ private online chats, ECHR rules

Employees in Europe should think carefully about using the Internet to send private messages at work. Europe’s top rights court ruled Tuesday (12 January) that companies could monitor workers’ online communications.
Armenia 23-07-2015

Cool heads needed in Nagorno-Karabakh’s long hot summer

Summer is a dangerous time in the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. Armenian and Azeri forces must keep their cool to avoid escalating the 27 year-old conflict, writes Tim Stott. 
Europe's East 14-07-2015

Russia overrules the European Court of Human Rights

Russia's Constitutional Court today (14 July) ruled its national laws should take precedence over decisions of the European Court of Human Rights.
Digital 09-04-2015

French surveillance legislation is off to a bad start

The new French Intelligence Bill has provoked concern among many of the country’s lawmakers, as well as international NGOs. According to French Human Rights Defender Jacques Toubon, the legislation contravenes the rulings of the European Court of Human Rights. EURACTIV France reports.
European Court of Human Rights, Strasbourg
Brexit 10-02-2015

UK breached prisoner voting rights

The UK breached the human rights of more than 1,000 prisoners by denying them the right to vote, according to today’s ruling by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).
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Europe's East 02-05-2013

Court decision prompts fresh EU calls to free Tymoshenko

The European Union has urged Ukrainian authorities to “reconsider thoroughly” the imprisonment of  Yulia Tymoshenko following a European Court of Human Rights ruling that the arrest of the former prime minister was illegal and politically motivated.
Europe's East 02-05-2013

Court decision prompts fresh EU calls to free Tymoshenko

The European Union has urged Ukrainian authorities to “reconsider thoroughly” the imprisonment of  Yulia Tymoshenko following a European Court of Human Rights ruling that the arrest of the former prime minister was illegal and politically motivated.

Interior Minister urges Britain to leave human rights convention

Britain should consider leaving the European Convention on Human Rights because it interferes with the government's ability to fight crime and control immigration, Home Secretary Theresa May said on Saturday (9 March).