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‘Abduction of Europa’ (Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, Amsterdam - 1632 - fragment)

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Grand Chamber judgment in Hutchinson v. UK: Review of whole life sentences in the UK is compatible with the European Convention


In today’s Grand Chamber judgment in the case of Hutchinson v. the United Kingdom (application no. 57592/08) the European Court of Human Rights held, by 14 votes to 3, that there had been no violation of Article 3 (prohibition of inhuman or degrading treatment) of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Friday, 13 January 2017

Judgment Osmanoğlu and Kocabaş v. Switzerland - compulsory mixed swimming lessons and religious convictions



In  the case of Osmanoǧlu and Kocabaş v. Switzerland the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been no violation of Article 9 (right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion) of the European Convention on Human Rights. The judgment is available only in French. By refusing to exempt two Muslim pupils from compulsory mixed swimming lessons, the Swiss authorities had given precedence to the children’s obligation to follow the full school curriculum and had not infringed the right to freedom of religion.

Rechtspraak Europa no. 1 - januari 2017 - verzorgd door het gerechtshof Amsterdam en het LBVr (European Courts' newsletter in Dutch)


Klik HIER voor de nieuwsbrief Rechtspraak Europa verzorgd door het gerechtshof Amsterdam en het LBVr met een overzicht van de rechtspraak van de afgelopen maand van het Europese Hof voor de Rechten van de Mens in Straatsburg en het Hof van Justitie van de Europese Unie in Luxemburg.

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Case of Eylem Kaya v. Turkey: systematic monitoring of a prisoner’s correspondence with her lawyer was disproportionate


The case of Eylem Kaya v. Turkey (only in French) concerned, in particular, the prison authorities’ systematic monitoring of a prisoner’s correspondence with her lawyer. Ms. Kaya, is a Turkish national who was born in 1975. When the application was lodged she was imprisoned in Çankırı (Turkey). In December 2005 Ms Kaya, a civil servant in the customs department, was arrested as part of an investigation into corruption. The next day she was questioned then placed in pre-trial detention. The State prosecutor brought criminal proceedings against her on charges of corruption and membership of a criminal organisation. In May 2006 the assize court convicted Ms Kaya of the charges against her and sentenced her to six years and 15 days’ imprisonment. The Court of Cassation upheld the judgment in December 2006. In June 2007 Ms Kaya handed over to the prison authorities a letter, intended for her lawyer, which concerned the power of attorney that was to be sent to the Court in the context of the present application. The applicant submitted a copy of that letter, which had been stamped with the word “seen” by the prison administration’s panel for reading prisoners’ correspondence.

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Proceedings to dismiss a judge of the Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina were fair and did not interfere with his freedom of expression



In its decision in the case of Simić v. Bosnia and Herzegovina the European Court of Human Rights on 15 November 2016 unanimously declared the application inadmissible. The decision is final. The case concerned Mr Simić’s removal from office as a judge of the Constitutional Court. Relying in particular on Article 6 § 1 (right to a fair trial) and Article 10 (freedom of expression), Mr Simić alleged in particular that the proceedings to dismiss him had been unfair and that he had been removed from office because of statements he had made in public via the media criticising the Constitutional Court.

Friday, 9 December 2016

Anti-Islam Dutch politician Geert Wilders found guilty of inciting discrimination


Today, Geert Wilders, the far-right politician who is seen as a likely contender to become prime minister when Dutch voters go to the polls next year, was convicted today of inciting discrimination and of insulting a group for saying that the Netherlands would be safer with fewer Moroccans.

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Rechtspraak Europa no. 12 - december 2016 - verzorgd door het gerechtshof Amsterdam en het LBVr (European Courts' newsletter in Dutch)




Klik HIER voor de nieuwsbrief Rechtspraak Europa verzorgd door het gerechtshof Amsterdam en het LBVr met een overzicht van de rechtspraak van de afgelopen maand van het Europese Hof voor de Rechten van de Mens in Straatsburg en het Hof van Justitie van de Europese Unie in Luxemburg.

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Hungary must take measures to improve the problem of widespread overcrowding in prisons



On 8 November 2016 the European Court of Human Rights examined the situation of the pending applications brought before it concerning conditions of detention in Hungary. Such applications currently stand in excess of 6,800.

Friday, 18 November 2016

Mercan v. Turkey: ECtHR rejects first case of Turkish judge after attempted coup d’état of 15 July 2016


On 15 July 2016, a coup d'état was attempted in Turkey against state institutions, including, but not limited to the government and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The attempt was carried out by a faction within the Turkish Armed Forces that organized themselves as the Peace at Home Council. They attempted to seize control of several key places in Ankara, Istanbul, and elsewhere, but failed to do so after forces loyal to the state defeated them. Tens of thousands of judges, prosecutors, police, military personnel, teachers, journalists and others have been arrested since the failed coup on suspicion of links to FETO, which is said to be behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions.

Monday, 7 November 2016

Rechtspraak Europa no. 11 - november 2016 - verzorgd door het gerechtshof Amsterdam en het LBVr (European Courts' newsletter in Dutch)



Klik HIER voor de nieuwsbrief Rechtspraak Europa verzorgd door het gerechtshof Amsterdam en het LBVr met een overzicht van de rechtspraak van de afgelopen maand van het Europese Hof voor de Rechten van de Mens in Straatsburg en het Hof van Justitie van de Europese Unie in Luxemburg.

Monday, 10 October 2016

Rechtspraak Europa no. 10 - oktober 2016 - verzorgd door het gerechtshof Amsterdam en het LBVr (European Courts' newsletter in Dutch)





Klik HIER voor de nieuwsbrief Rechtspraak Europa verzorgd door het gerechtshof Amsterdam en het LBVr met een overzicht van de rechtspraak van de afgelopen maand van het Europese Hof voor de Rechten van de Mens in Straatsburg en het Hof van Justitie van de Europese Unie in Luxemburg.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

ECtHR: no obligation to prosecute Dutch peacekeepers for their conduct at Srebrenica


In its decision in the case of Mustafić-Mujić and Others v. the Netherlands the European Court of Human Rights has unanimously declared the application inadmissible. The applicants, relatives of men killed in the Srebrenica massacre of July 1995, imputed criminal responsibility to three Netherlands servicemen who were members of the UN peacekeeping force. They complained that the Netherlands authorities had wrongly refused to investigate and prosecute the servicemen for allegedly sending their relatives to their probable death by ordering them to leave the safety of the UN peacekeepers’ compound after the Bosnian Serb forces had overrun Srebrenica and its environs.