1st P – Article 3

Strasbourg, the suspension of the plenary session of the Catalan Parliament and the freedom of assembly

JUDGMENT  Forcadell i Lluis and others v. Spain 28.05.2019  ( no. 75147/17) see here   SUMMARY  Suspension of the plenary session of the Catalan Parliament. Freedom of assembly. Suspension of law, ensuring public security and protection of the rights and freedoms of others. The applicants complained that the temporary suspension of the Parliament’s plenary session, ordered by the […]

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Prolonging the provisional detention of a Member of Parliament without sufficient justification violates the freedom of expression of the people’s will and his right to stand for election.

JUDGMENT  Selahattin Demirtaş v. Turkey  20.11.2018 (no. 2) (no. 14305/17)  see here   SUMMARY The case concerned the arrest and pre-trial detention of Mr Selahattin Demirtaş, who at the time of the events was one of the co-chairs of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), a left-wing pro-Kurdish political party. The Court accepted that Mr Demirtaş had […]

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The right to free elections does not include referendums

JUDGMENT Cumhuriyet Halk Partisi v. Turkey 30.11.2017 (no. 48818/17) see here   SUMMARY  The recent referendum in Turkey to extend the powers of the President has reached the  Court of Strasbourg. A referendum was held on 16 April 2017 in Turkey, which significantly strengthened the powers of the President of the Republic, including the power to […]

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The prohibition of exit polls before elections do not interfere with the right to freedom of expression or the right to free elections

JUDGMENT Dimitras and others v. Greece 07/09/2017 (no. 59573/09 and 65211/09) see here    SUMMARY The legislative ban on public exit polls 15 days before parliamentary elections and a ban on the publication of exit poll results until the closure of the polls does not violate the right to freedom of expression of voters or […]

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