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The unjustified decision to secretly surveil telephone conversations violated the right to respect for privacy and correspondence

JUDGMENT  Liblik and others v. Estonia 28.05.2019 (no. 173/15, 181/15, 374/15, 383/15, 386/15 and 388/15) see here   SUMMARY  Surveillance of phone conversations. The applicants were accused of high-level corruption. The Inter-Criminal Tribunal had been instructed by the Homeland Security Service to monitor the telephone conversations of the three applicants. Their interference with privacy and correspondence […]

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The Court decides not to return the children to their father because of domestic violence. Complete contradiction with the rationale of national courts.

JUDMENT  O.C.I. and others v. Romania 21.05.2019 (no. 49450/17) see here SUMMARY  Domestic violence. Abuse of children by their father in the past. The mother took the children to her home country of Romania and did not return to Italy, which was the permanent home of the family and where their Italian father lived. The […]

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Home visit to inspect building work in the occupier’s absence and without his permission breached the Convention

JUDGMENT  Halibi v. France 16.05.2019 (no. 66554/14) see here SUMMARY Protection of  residence  from arbitrary inspections. Inspection in a building under construction, by building inspectors according to the Spatial Planning Code. The apartment  was inspected and the officials drew up a report noting a number of constructions which were at variance with the building permit and prior […]

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Report by the parliamentary commission regarding the President of the National Broadcasting Corporation. The opinion expressed does not amount to a criminal conviction and neither the presumption of innocence nor his private life were violated

JUDGMENT Kwiatkowski v. Poland 16.05.2019 (no. 58996/11)  see here SUMMARY Publication of a report by the Polish Parliament on allegations of corruption in the amendment of the Broadcasting Act. The applicant’s complaint that the report hurt his reputation and constituted a criminal conviction without himself having access to an effective remedy. The Court found that […]

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First decision of the Court against Northern Macedonia with the state’s new name. Judge and change of nationality

JUDGMENT Τasev v. North Macedonia 16.05.2019 (no. 9825/13) see here SUMMARY Change of ethnicity. Denial to a judge on his request to change his ethnicity. Removal from the list of candidates for the State Judicial Council (SJC). The Court considered in particular that the interpretation of the domestic law by the national authorities was not […]

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Denial of a of a prisoner’s request to attend his brother’s funeral violated the right to family life

JUDGMENT Vetsev v. Bulgaria  02.05.2019 (no. 54558/15) see here SUMMARY Funeral of a prisoner’s brother. The refusal of the Bulgarian authorities to allow a prisoner to attend his brother’s funeral. The Court considered that the Bulgarian authorities had rejected the claim on the grounds that this was not provided for under national law, without its […]

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The inability of social welfare authorities to provide appropriate help to overcome the children’s refusal to communicate with their father violated the right to respect for family life

JUDGMENT A.V. v. Slovenia 09.04.2019 ​​(no. 878/13) see here SUMMARY Father and child communication. Negative attitude of children to get in touch with their father. Judicial deprivation of the father of three children of his right to communicate with them. Ineffectiveness of the work of social welfare authorities that failed to ensure safe support of […]

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Τhe expulsion decision of an alien must take into account the principle of proportionality, including behavioral change, health deterioration, and family ties that have developed. Breach of private and family life from Switzerland

JUDGMENT Ι.Μ. v. Switzerland 09-04-2019 (no. 23887/16) see here SUMMARY Deportation decision of the applicant’s Swiss authorities, a Kosovo national following his conviction for rape. The applicant, with an 80% disability, currently lives in Switzerland with his adult children, of whom he is fully dependent. The European Court of Human Rights found in particular that […]

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The contact of the lawyer with his detained client is privilegedly protected by the ECHR and must be unobstructed.

JUDGMENT Altay v. Turkey 09.04.2019 (no. 2) (n. 11236/09) see here SUMMARY Lawyer and prisoner. Confidentiality of meetings. The meetings and communications of the lawyer with his client are dealt with privilege by the ECHR and must be free of obstructions. Request of the prison authorities to attend the meetings between the lawyer and his […]

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Refusal to allow a prisoner convicted of terrorist offences to travel to her father’s funeral did not breach the right of protection of family life

JUDGMENT Guimon v. France 11.04.2019 (no. 48798/14) see here SUMMARY The case concerned the refusal to allow the applicant, who was imprisoned in Rennes for terrorist offences, to travel to a funeral parlour in Bayonne to pay her last respects to her deceased father. The Court noted that the authorities had rejected the request on […]

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