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In order to document responsible journalism, one must take into account in addition to the accurate and reliable information provided by journalist, his or her behavior. Irresponsible journalism is not covered by the protection of freedom of expression

JUDGMENT Zarubin and others v. Lithuania 19-12-2019 (no. 69111/17, 69112/17, 69113/17 and 69114/17) see here SUMMARY Protection of the public interest and freedom of expression. Deportation from Lithuania and a ban on the re-entry of four Russian journalists working for the Russian state broadcaster after their actions at a conference in Vilnius. The Court was […]

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The adoption of children against the wishes of their mothers and the failure to take family reunification measures violated their family life.

JUDGMENT A.S. v. Norway (no.  60371/15) Abdi Ibrahim v. Norway (no. 15379/16) SUMMARY The cases concerned decisions by the Norwegian authorities and courts to take the applicants’ children into care at a young age and then in the first case to refuse to terminate long-term foster care for the child and in the second to […]

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Children born to a surrogate mother abroad. Does the refusal to register the birth certificate where it stated as the mother the “intended” mother rather than the biological one violate family life?

JUDGEMNT C and E v. France 12.12.2019 (no. 1462/18 and 7348/18) see here SUMMARY Birth through a surrogate mother and the right to have a parental relationship with the person who the child wants. Refusal by the French authorities to enter into the French register full details of birth certificates of children born through a […]

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The reasoned home investigation did not violate the right to privacy. Seizure of documents in order to conduct an investigation is a bearable restriction on the freedom of expression

JUDGMENT Man and others v. Romania 12.12.2019 (no.39273/07) see here SUMMARY The case originated in accusations against an investigative journalist, Liviu Aurel Man, and his team for operating a blackmailing network. The applicants, Mr Man, his wife and their media companies, brought multiple complaints under the Convention, essentially connected to the search-and-seizure operation at their […]

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Failure to exercise the communication rights of a father with his daughter for eight years due to the mother’s opposition violated the father’s right to family life

JUDGMENT Luzi v. Italy 5.12.2019 (no. 48322/17)  see here SUMMARY The applicant’s inability to exercise his right to communicate with his daughter due to the mother’s opposition. The Court found that, in view of the mother’s opposition, which had been going on for eight years, the national authorities had not taken all the necessary measures […]

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The expulsion of asylum seekers to a designated safe third country, without the necessary scrutiny, violated the procedural aspect of Article 3 of the ECHR. Their stay in a border area was not a deprivation of liberty.

JUDGMENT (GRAND CHMABER) Ilias and Ahmed v. Hungary 21.11.2019 (no. 47287/15) see here SUMMARY Asylum application, refoulement and safe third country. The applicants applied for asylum in Hungary, remaining in the period of examination of their applications in a transit zone at the Hungarian-Serbian border. The applications were rejected on the ground that the State responsible for examining […]

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The restriction of asylum seekers to an airport transit zone for a long time under miserable conditions violated the ECHR.

JUDGMENT Z.A. and others v. Russia 21/11/2019  (no. 61411/15) see here SUMMARY Four men were held in the Moscow airport transit zone for a long time while authorities were examining their asylum applications. None of them, in the end, remained in Russia. Unanimous violation of the right to liberty and security and the prohibition of […]

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The temporary deprivation of child custody from addict parents did not violate their right to family life. But the deprivation of their communication with their child violated that right.

JUDGMENT Κ.Ο. and V.M.  v. Norway 19.11.2019 (no. 64808/16) see here SUMMARY  Official decisions to take a couple’s daughter into care a few weeks after her birth in 2015 and their limited contact rights. The family were ultimately reunited in 2018. The Court found that the authorities had conducted an in-depth examination of the case […]

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The violent arrest and beating of her father by the police in front of the eyes of the nine-year-old daughter constitutes inhuman and degrading treatment against the minor!

JUDGMENT Α. v. Russia 12.11.2019 (no.  37735/09) see here SUMMARY The case concerned the applicant’s allegation that she had been traumatised by witnessing her father’s violent arrest by the police when she was nine years old. The Court found that the applicant’s allegations were credible, but that the authorities’ only response had been to carry […]

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The conversion of a criminal charge that had been decriminalized to another with a more severe sentence and the failure to provide sufficient time to prepare the defense violated the fair trial.

JUDGMENT Gelenidze v. Georgia 07.11.2019 (no.  72916/10) see here  SUMMARY  Lenient law and unauthorized conversion of a charge. The applicant judge was convicted of intentionally miscalculating the sentence of imprisonment. Although convicted at first instance, her act under more lenient law was decriminalized. Before the Court of Appeal, the Prosecutor applied for the conversion of […]

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