About: European Court of Human Rights

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).
Elections 24-08-2018

Right groups blast Hungary for not providing food to rejected asylum-seekers

Hungary must provide food to rejected asylum seekers held in detention camps on its border who are appealing the decision, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) said on Thursday (23 August). Human rights groups said that Hungarian authorities had...
Politics 23-08-2018

Lithuania says it will not appeal European court ruling over CIA torture jail

Lithuania on Wednesday (22 August) said it would not appeal a European court ruling that the Baltic state had been complicit in a clandestine CIA programme by holding terror suspects at a secret detention site on its territory.

Bulgaria under fire for ill-treatment of asylum-seekers

French lawyers will file a complaint against Bulgaria and ask the European Commission to start an infringement procedure for inhumane treatment of asylum seekers by the country’s authorities, the Green/EFA group announced on Tuesday (26 June).

France’s asylum reform at odds with European law

Following a week of debates, French deputies adopted the controversial draft law on asylum and immigration in its first reading. However, some of the provisions could be contrary to European law on the matter. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Enlargement 26-02-2018

Time for Juncker to help Bosnia-Herzegovina with a bridge from Dayton to accession

Two years after it applied for EU candidate status, Bosnia and Herzegovina will hand over the answers to the Commission’s questionnaire this week. Now it falls upon Juncker to hold BiH to its membership aspirations and the reform commitments expressed, writes Ivan Pepic.

Languages & Culture 10-01-2018

Greece limits power of sharia law for its Muslim minority

The Greek parliament yesterday (9 January) made the practice of Islamic sharia law in family disputes optional for the country's Muslim minority, changing a century-old legacy.
Global Europe 18-09-2017

Joining the community of nations serves Russia’s best interests

In the sweep of history, nations can meet or miss their moment. That moment is now for Russia to step up and join the community of nations. We need Russia - and Russia needs the world., writes Professor Herta Däubler-Gmelin.

Russia turns its back on human rights with contempt for international court decisions

When members of the international community decide that human rights are a matter of expediency and not law, we are all at risk, warns Herta Däubler-Gmelin.

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.
Freedom of thought 06-04-2017

Not so wunderful: Germany’s fear of homeschooling

Home education is a right recognised by international human rights. And yet, Germany fails to honour these agreements, writes Alexandra Tompson.
Global Europe 30-03-2017

Stop the political point-scoring and take human rights seriously

Are Turkey, Germany and the Netherlands crying wolf on human rights? There’s a legal route for countries that take human rights seriously, writes Başak Çalı.
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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).

Breivik ‘trying to spread his ideology from prison’

The Norwegian state, found guilty of treating mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik "inhumanely" in prison, said on Wednesday (11 January) that his limited contact with the outside world was necessary because he is trying to spread his ideology from prison, including in dating adverts.
10-01-2017

European court: Swiss Muslim girls must take swimming classes with boys

Muslim parents in Switzerland cannot refuse to send their daughters to mixed school-run swimming lessons, Europe's rights top court ruled Tuesday (10 January), responding to a challenge by a Turkish-Swiss couple who argued the classes violated their beliefs.
Elections 29-11-2016

Fillon: French Sovereignty and European integration?

The centre-right candidate for next year's French presidential election presents himself as a defender of French sovereignty who wants to limit the powers of the European Commission. But he also supports further European integration in some areas. EURACTIV France reports.
Global Europe 08-09-2016

Council of Europe: Turkey must separate coup plotters from Gülen employees

Turkey must produce clear evidence in pursuing participants in a failed coup and avoid targeting teachers and journalists simply because they worked for firms run by the Muslim cleric Ankara portrays as its mastermind, the head of the European rights watchdog said Thursday (8 September).
Europe's East 14-07-2016

MH17 families prepare for legal fight on second anniversary

The families of the 298 people who died when flight MH17 was downed over Ukraine are steeling themselves for a slew of bitter legal battles, on the eve of the tragedy's second anniversary.
Global Europe 18-05-2016

Council of Europe can do without Russia

In light of human rights violations in Crimea and a new law allowing Russia to ignore rulings of the European Court of Human Rights, there is no justification for the country to remain in the Council of Europe, writes Susan Stewart.

Human Rights Court: Denial of Armenian genocide is not a crime

The European Court of Human Rights ruled on Thursday (15 October) that a Turkish politician should not have been prosecuted for denying that the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turkey in 1915 was a genocide.
Brexit 06-10-2015

Europhile Brits relieved after EU judges’ decisions on welfare, prisoners’ votes

European Union judges today (6 October) ruled that a ban on prisoners voting in European elections was legal, and suggested that checks on child migrants’ welfare payments were lawful, in decisions that have pro-EU Brits breathing a sigh of relief.
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Arab Spring 02-09-2015

Human rights court slows rushed migrant repatriation

Fast-tracking the repatriation of migrants who did not qualify as asylum seekers is likely to contravene EU rules, according to a ruling by the Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights.
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.
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).