Journalist access to state archives. The revocation of his accreditation due to breach of personal data did not violate his freedom of expression

JUDGMENT Gafiuc v. Romania 15.10.2020 (app. no. 59174/13) see here  SUMMARY The case concerned the withdrawal of the accreditation granted to a journalist to study the archives of the Securitate in order to conduct research into sports activities under the communist regime. In June and July 2009 the journalist published several articles in which he […]

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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 (  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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The Court does not withdraw interim measures against Turkey to avoid actions against civilians in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict!

JUDGMENT REGARDING INTERIM MEASURES  14.10.2020 SUMMARY Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. Application for interim measures by Armenia and Turkey. The ECtHR called on all states directly or indirectly involved in the conflict, including Turkey, to refrain from actions that would violate the Convention’s rights against civilians and to respect their obligations under the Convention. The decision […]

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Police called lesbian women “sick” and “perverted” and carried out unwarranted physical searches. Conviction for degrading treatment of LGBT people.

JUDGMENT Aghdgomelashvili and Japaridze v. Georgia  08.10.2020 ( 7224/11) see here SUMMARY Police violence and LGBT community. Police operation in the office of an LGBT organization in Tbilisi. The applicants, who worked for the organization, complained that the police had insulted and threatened them, and that they had been subjected to degrading physical investigations. More […]

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Violation of the privacy of a man who claims to be the biological father of a child, after unsuccessful attempts to acknowledge his paternity

JUDGMENT Koychev v. Bulgaria 15.10.2020 (app. no. 32495/15) see here SUMMARY In this case, the applicant (Mr Koychev) claimed to be the biological father of a child born outside marriage, and complained of the fact that his actions to have his paternity recognised had been rejected on the grounds that the child had been recognised […]

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Detention of the mayor for 4 days without appearing in court. Search in his office without a warrant. Violation of privacy and the right to liberty and security

JUDGMENT Marin Yosifov v. Bulgaria 13.10.2020 (app. no. 5113/11) see here SUMMARY The case concerns criminal proceedings for corruption brought against a mayor. The applicant complained of being detained for four days (for 24 hours on police orders and for a further 72 hours on an order of the public prosecutor) without being brought before […]

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Discrimination against ethnic minority students in school exams. Non-violation of the ECHR

JUDGMENT Ádám and others v. Romania 13.10.2020 (app. no.  81114/17 and others) see here SUMMARY The case concerned complaints by the applicants about discrimination against them as members of the Hungarian minority in the taking of final school exams — they had to take more exams than ethnic Romanians (two Hungarian tests) over the same […]

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The presumption of innocence was violated when a non convicted due to a statute of limitations for tax evasion was later sentenced to compensation on the grounds that he had committed the same crime!

JUDGMENT Agapov v. Russia 06.10.2020  (app. no. 52464/15) see here   SUMMARY Tax evasion, presumption of innocence and protection of property. The applicant, in his capacity as CEO of the company, was charged with tax evasion as the company had failed to pay VAT. The prosecutor did not prosecute the statute of limitations, but the State […]

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Disciplinary punishment of isolation of a detainee for 14 days. Isolation did not amount to further deprivation of his liberty. No violation

JUDGMENT Stoyan Krastev v. Bulgaria 06.10.2020 (app. no.  1009/12) see here  SUMMARY A disciplinary sentence for a detainee for being held in solitary confinement for 14 days due to a fight with a detainee during a generalized conflict in prisons. The applicant was serving a 3-year prison sentence. Strasbourg pointed out that in order to […]

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Arbitrary accusation of extremist action due to unclear legal framework. Violation of freedom of expression. Indefinite criminal provision

JUDGMENT Karastelev and others v. Russia 06.10.2020 (app. no. 16435/10) see here SUMMARY The case  concerned complaints brought by the chief officer and deputy chief officer of a human rights NGO about anti-extremist legislation in Russia. The Russian authorities had found that a poster they had displayed during a protest against a law on minors […]

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