Article 11

Illegal obstruction of the construction site of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Violations of the ECHR

JUDGMENT
The Religious Denomination of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Bulgaria v. Bulgaria 10.11.20 (app. no. 5301/11)
The right of believers of the doctrine of Jehovah’s Witnesses to freely express their faith and to have their own place of worship. Freedom of religion and freedom of assembly.
The applicant is an organization of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Bulgaria. It decided to build a temple, on her own property. The Mayor, by his decision, suspended the reconstruction works due to violation of urban planning provisions.
A court order was issued allowing the construction to continue, but the Mayor, due to legal action, failed to issue a decision to continue the works, instead publicly denouncing the doctrine of Jehovah’s Witnesses as a religion with a negative impact on its believers. The domestic courts did not find the mayor’s refusal to lift the suspension illegal.

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The arrest of a protester violated her freedom of assembly because she could not participate in the demonstration. Police duty to protect LGBT community protesters from homophobic attacks

JUDGMENT
Berkman v. Russia 1.12.2020 (app. no. 46712/15)
The case  concerned a public LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex) meeting in St Petersburg and the authorities’ failure to protect
participants from aggressive counter-demonstrators.
The Court found in particular that a State did not just have a duty under the Convention not to
interfere with the right to freedom of assembly. For that right to be genuine and effective, the
authorities also had an obligation to facilitate access to meetings and ensure participants’ safety.

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The violent arrest of a lawyer-protester by police constituted degrading treatment. ECHR violations due to arrests and overnight detention of protesters

JUDGMENT
Navalnyy and Gunko v. Russia 10.11.2020 (app. no. 75186/12)
Two protesters were arrested in Bolotnaya Square in Russia in May 2012 during a political demonstration against the government. Their overnight detention in a police station and administrative conviction for violating legal police orders.
One of the protesters, Aleksey Navalnyy, a lawyer and political activist, claimed in his application before the ECtHR that a police officer had used excessive force during his arrest. Both protesters also claimed that their arrest and overnight detention was unjustified and arbitrary, that the administrative proceedings against them were unfair, that the dissolution of the demonstration, their arrest and subsequent conviction were disproportionate and that these violations of their rights were intended to undermine the freedom of assembly.

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υπερασπιστές ανθρωπίνων δικαιωμάτων

Impartial court because the father of the investigator who participated in the pre-trial procedure. The conviction of a prosecutor and a politician who participated in a demonstration for electoral fraud violated the right to assemble

JUDGMENT Jhangiryan v. Armenia 08.10.2020 (app. no. 44841/08 and  63701/09) & Smbat Ayvazyan v. Armenia 08.10.2020 (app.no.  49021/08) SUMMARY Participation in a demonstration – protest and the right to assemble. The applicants are public figures, prosecutors and former opposition MPs respectively. They took part in demonstrations that broke out in Armenia for election fraud. They […]

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Administrative dissolution of far-right organizations after a student’s death. Strasbourg welcomes their dissolution

JUDGMENT Ayoub and others v. France 08.10.2020 (app. no. 77400/14, 34532/15 and 34550/15) see here SUMMARY The cases concerned the administrative dissolution of three extreme right-wing entities: a de facto group (the Troisième Voie association and its security squad) and two associations (L’Oeuvre française and Jeunesses nationalistes). The Court held that the dissolution of the […]

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υπερασπιστές ανθρωπίνων δικαιωμάτων

Permanent bodily injury of a protester in a spontaneous gathering due to excessive use of force by the police. Violation of the freedom of assembly

JUDGMENT Laguna Guzman v. Spain 6.10.2020 (app. no. 41462/17) see here SUMMARY The case concerned the applicant’s complaint that she had been left permanently injured after the police forcefully dispersed a spontaneous gathering that had taken place after an official demonstration. The Court found in particular that the spontaneous protest had been peaceful up until […]

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Prosecution and conviction for founding a political party on a religious (Muslim) basis violated its freedom of association

JUDGMENT Yordanovi v. Bulgaria 03.09.2020 (app. no. 11157/11) see here SUMMARY The case concerned the complaint by the two applicants about criminal proceedings brought against them for attempting to set up a political party on a religious basis. They complained of unjustified interference with their right to freedom of association and also of discrimination against […]

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Dissolution of a humanitarian association for alleged propaganda in favor of terrorism. Violation of the freedom of association

JUDGMENT Adana TAYAD v. Turkey 21.07.2020 (no. 59835/10) see here   SUMMARY The case concerned the dissolution of the applicant association, known as Adana TAYAD, ordered by the District Court on the grounds of illegal activities of certain members of the association’s board of directors, while the judgments handed down in the proceedings relating to those […]

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The Court agrees not to include the Romanian Communist Party in the list of political parties. Non-violation of its freedom of association

JUDGMENT Ignatencud and Romanian Communist Party (PCR) v. Romania 05.05.2020 (appl. no. 78635/13) see here  SUMMARY Freedom of association. Refusal to register on the list of political parties, a party claiming to be a successor to the communist party that ruled Romania during the totalitarian regime and disbanded in 1989 after the overthrow of power […]

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The imposition of a fine for organising a nationalist commemoration on the day of the Romanian national holiday did not breach the Convention

JUDGMENT Csiszer and Csibi v. Romani  05.05.2020 (no. 71314/13 and 68028/14) see here  SUMMARY The case concerned the imposition of an administrative fine on the applicants for organising a gathering on 1 December 2010, the day of the Romanian national holiday, to commemorate the founding of the Székely battalion. On 1 December 1918, in Cluj-Napoca, […]

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