About: European Convention on Human Rights

Europe's East 21-01-2021

Strasbourg court rules Russia has ‘direct control’ over Abkhazia, South Ossetia

Russia is responsible for human rights violations, including loss of life, torture, disrespect of property and privacy occurring in Georgian breakaway regions of Abkahzia and South Ossetia as it had effective control of the territories after the 2008 Russo-Georgian war,...

Coronavirus derogations from human rights send wrong signal, say MEPs

Five European countries have announced plans to derogate from the European Convention on Human Rights, (ECHR), invoking the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Critics, however, fear that this sends the wrong political signal.
EU-Africa 12-01-2018

Belgian PM seeks EU help in row over deported Sudanese

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel said yesterday (11 January) he would seek EU help to settle a row over his country's deportation of Sudanese who were allegedly tortured on their return home.

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.

Europe rights court blasts Romania prison conditions

The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday (25 April) took Romania to task for its dismal prison conditions, saying they could be considered inhumane and degrading.

Turkey working with Council of Europe on post-coup prosecutions

A delegation from Turkey's justice ministry has met with the Council of Europe to review European human rights standards and conventions as Ankara prepares to prosecute those it holds responsible for the failed 15 July coup, the head of the CoE said.
Global Europe 17-08-2016

Bulgarians outraged by deportation of Gülen supporter to Turkey

Bulgarian NGOs, columnists and a junior coalition partner in Boyko Borissov’s government have all expressed outrage at the news of the extradition to Turkey of an alleged supporter of Fetullah Gülen, the US-exiled cleric accused by Ankara of masterminding the 15 July coup.
Enlargement 21-07-2016

Turkey to ‘follow France’ and suspend European rights convention

Turkey will follow France's example in suspending temporarily the European Convention on Human Rights following its declaration of a state of emergency, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said on Thursday (21 July), according to broadcaster NTV.

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.

Plans to strip terror suspects of their nationality rock French politics

Should terrorists be deprived of their nationality? France’s Socialist government has made waves in the political establishment with a plan to write this idea, once the territory of the National Front, into the constitution. EURACTIV France reports
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.
Armenia 19-06-2015

Strasbourg court decision deals blow to Armenia over Azerbaijan

A decision by the European Court of Human Rights concerning the complaints of seven Azerbaijani nationals who were unable to return or receive compensation for their property in Lachin, in Nagorno-Karabakh, confirmed that Armenia controls the territory.
Central Europe 10-06-2015

Hungary could lose EU voting rights, MEPs warn Orbán

Reinstating the death penalty in Hungary would breach the EU Treaties and Charter of Fundamental Rights, and could trigger EU article 7 sanctions, which would strip Hungary of voting rights in the Union, says a European Parliament resolution passed today (10 June).
Brexit 03-06-2015

Cameron won’t rule out UK leaving European Convention on Human Rights

Britain could withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights if it does not get the changes it wants to the way the rules are applied, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Wednesday (3 June).
Brexit 18-05-2015

Opposition mounting to UK Human Rights Act suspension

The new Conservative government is planning to repeal the Human Rights Act during its first 100 days in office in an attempt to “break the formal link” between UK courts and the European Court of Human Rights.

Court of Justice rejects draft agreement of EU accession to ECHR

The Court of Justice of the European Union has ruled that the draft agreement on the accession of the European Union to the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) is not compatible with EU law. The ruling deals a blow to efforts to make the Union accede to the ECHR as the Lisbon Treaty requires.
Languages & Culture 02-07-2014

European court upholds French ban on full-face veil

The European Court of Human Rights upheld France's 2010 ban on full-face veils in public on Tuesday (1 July) but acknowledged the law could appear excessive and feed stereotypes.

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).
Enlargement 05-10-2012

Ban on gay rights march could hurt Serbia’s EU candidacy

Serbia's decision to ban this weekend's gay pride march because of security concerns has prompted criticism from EU officials who warn the the move undermines Serbia's potential accession to the European Union.

Parliament paves way for EU human rights ‘czar’

The European Parliament voted overwhelmingly yesterday (18 April) to change the future direction of the EU's human rights policy and pave the way for a new position of "human rights czar".