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Asylum request for members of a religious community. Rejection due to an unproven risk of inhumane or degrading treatment

JUDGMENT A.S.N. and others v. The Netherlands 25.2.2020 (no.  68377/17 and 530/18) see here  SUMMARY The applicants in both applications are families with minor children, originally from Afghanistan and belonging to the religious community of Sikhs. Citing fears of persecution because of their religious beliefs, they fled to the Netherlands where they sought asylum. Their […]

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Deprivation of the right to choose a defense lawyer and the national court’s formalism in the late appeal violated the ECHR

JUDGMENT Lobzhanidze and Peradze v. Georgia 27.02.2020 (no. 21447/11 and 35839/11) see here  SUMMARY Evidence, Appointment of Attorney, Appeal and Fair Trial. The applicants were convicted of forgery for a virtual sale of real estate. In addition, the first applicant was charged with the offense of bribery of judicial officers for attempting to influence a […]

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The imposition of a permanent heating charge on disconnected users violated the right to their property.

JUDGMENT Strezovski and others v. North Macedonia 27.2.2020 (no.14460/16, 14958/16, 14962/16, 14966/16, 27884/16, 16064/17, 20229/17 and 30206/17). see here  SUMMARY The applicants are owners of houses for which they were imposed under domestic law, the continuous payment of a heating fee to a private company from which they were disconnected. The domestic courts dismissed their […]

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Jehovah’s Witnesses are entitled to preach their religion and distribute their books. Illegal detention

JUDGMENT Nasirov and others v, Azerbaijan  20.02.2020 (no. 58717/10) see here   SUMMARY The applicants are nationals of Azerbaijan and Jehovah’s Witnesses. All the applicants were transferred to police stations after attempting to preach door to door on their religion, and were held administratively without official registration for at least 3 hours because of distributing religious […]

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Activist journalist persecuted due to ‘fabricated’ accusations: The Court condemns many rights violations

JUDGMENT Khadija Ismayilova v. Azerbaijan  25.02.2020 (no.2) (application no. 30778/15) see here SUMMARY The case concerned the applicant’s complaint that she had been arrested and detained without a reasonable suspicion of an offence and her allegations that those acts were aimed at punishing her for her work as a journalist who was critical of the […]

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The Court intervenes on the substance of the criminal case. Non-examination of evidence, insufficient reasoning and lack of impartiality: Unfair trial

JUDGMENT Paixão Moreira Sá Fernandes v. Portugal 25.2.2020 (no. 78108/14) see here  SUMMARY The case concerned the applicant’s conviction for recording a conversation with a businessman who was offering him money to ensure that his brother, a Lisbon City Councillor, would withdraw his opposition to a contract that the businessman wished to conclude with the […]

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Prohibition of Jehovah’s Witness Religious Books Violates Freedom of Expression

JUDGMENT Religious Community of Jehovah’s Witnesses v. Azerbaijan 20.02.2020 (no.  52884/09) see here SUMMARY Freedom of thought, religion and expression. The applicant religious community of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Azerbaijan complained that the state had banned the introduction of specific religious literature on the grounds that religious tensions would be created. The domestic Courts dismissed the […]

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Addicted mother of three. Removal of parental authority was disproportionate and violated her family life

JUDGMENT Y.I. v. Russia 25.2.2020 (no. 68868/14) see here SUMMARY The case concerned the applicant’s complaint about being deprived of her parental authority in respect of her three children because she was a drug addict. Drug addiction is a ground for removing parental authority under the Russian Family Code, and entailed her losing all contact […]

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Systematically restricting the legal representation of the suspect in the pre trial proceedings: breach of the fair trial

JUDGMENT Mehmet Zeki Çelebi v. Turkey  28.1.2020  (no. 27582/07) see here  SUMMARY Fair trial and representation by a lawyer. The applicant was arrested on charges of involvement in terrorist organization, extortion and premeditated homicide. At the pretrial stage he requested legal representation but was not required by law and his apology was in the absence […]

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Serious injury of minor on a construction site. A thorough judicial investigation is required

JUDGMENT Zinatullin v. Russia 28.01.2020 (no. 10551/10) see here   SUMMARY Right to life and judicial protection. Insufficient criminal investigation and inadequate compensation. The applicant, only 14 years old, was seriously injured when he fell through a gap on the floor of an unfinished building near his school. The building belonged to the municipality of his […]

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