Lawyer’s freedom of expression

In the case of L.P. and Carvalho v. Portugal (applications nos. 24845/13 and 49103/15, 08.10.2019) the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been a violation of…

Remedies for detained migrants were not in accordance with Convention

In the case of Kaak and Others v. Greece (application no. 34215/16, 03.10.19) the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been:  no violation of Article 3…

European Court of Human Rights’ decision to remove Orthodox church built on private plot

In the case of Orlović and Others v. Bosnia and Herzegovina (application no. 16332/18. 01.10.2019) the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been a violation of…

EuroPride 2022 in Belgrade

We are pleased to inform you that European Pride organisations have selected Belgrade Pride to be the host of EuroPride in 2022. Belgrade’s bid won 71% of the vote of members of…

Application of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction

In the case of Andersena v. Latvia (application no. 79441/17, 19/09/2019) the European Court of Human Rights found violation of Article 6 – with respect to the right to adversarial…

CPT’s report on the visit to Albania

The Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) has published the report on its most recent visit to Albania carried…

Removal of a parental authority resulted in a violation of Article 8 of the Convention

In the case of Strand Lobben and Others v. Norway (application no. 37283/13, 10.09.2019) the European Court of Human Rights held that there had been a violation of Article 8…

Belgrade “Pride Week”

Belgrade’s 2019 “Pride Week” will run from September 9 to September 15 and will end with a walk and parade under the slogan “I’m not giving up,” organizers announced.  Belgrade…

Legal remedy against a decision on deprivation of liberty for an untraceable person is not in accordance with the Convention

In the case of Rizzotto v. Italy (application no. 20983/12, 05.09.2019) the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been a violation of Article 5 § 4…

Prohibition of marriage between relative by affinity violated Convention rights

In the case of Theodorou and Tsotsorou v. Greece (application no. 57854/15, 05.09.2019) the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been a violation of Article 12…

The last “first Pride” in the Balkans – the Sarajevo Pride March

The last “first Pride” in the Balkans – the Sarajevo Pride March – was announced on September 8, but in the meantime, not one but two counter-protests have been announced…

Media regulatory authorities and protection of minors

Within the Council of Europe and the European Union project “Reinforcing Judicial Expertise on Freedom of Expression and the Media in South-East Europe (JUFREX)”, several regional conferences were organised for…

The new Law on primary education in North Macedonia significantly improves the rights of LGBT people

The new Law on primary education of North Macedonia is a step forward in the protection against discrimination and violence in schools. It explicitly prohibits discrimination in the primary education…

Criminal proceedings against a Kosovo citizen for murder in the context of blood feud were in accordance with Article 6 of the Convention

In the case of Shala v. Switzerland (application no. 63896/12) the European Court of Human Rights has unanimously declared the application inadmissible, holding that Mr Shala’s complaints were manifestly unfounded. …

Violation of the right to freedom of expression in a case relating to an election campaign

In the case of Brzeziński v. Poland (application no. 47542/07, 25/07/2019) the European Court of Human Rights has unanimously held, that there had been a violation of Article 10 (freedom…

The police authorities acted lawfully regarding the electronic data and allowed the applicant the right to a defense

In the case of Rook v. Germany (application no. 1586/15, 25/07/2019) the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been no violation of Article 6 § 1…

Violation of Article 4 of the Convention due to the insufficient activity of state authorities in the case of trafficking in human beings

In the case of T.I. and Others v. Greece (application no. 40311/10, 18.07.2019) the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been a violation of Article 4…

The decision on the inadmissibility in the case concerning the access to the cinema by a person with disabilities

In its decision in the case of Glaisen v. Switzerland (application no. 40477/13, 18/07/2019) the European Court of Human Rights has by a majority declared the application inadmissible.  The applicant,…

European Commission’s Serbia 2019 Report concerning Roma status in the Republic of Serbia

In the European Commission’s Serbia 2019 Report, the EC states that most Roma in Serbia have civil documentation, but emphasises that the procedure for registering the birth of children whose…

Life imprisonment in accordance with Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights

In the case of Dardanskis v. Lithuania (application no. 74452/13 and 15 other applications, 11.07.2019) the European Court of Human Rights has unanimously decided to strike the applications out of…

Violation of the ne bis in idem principle

In the case of Mihalache v. Romania (application no. 54012/10) the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been a violation of Article 4 of Protocol No….

State’s obligation under Article 2 to protect the life of family members against violent father

In the case of Kurt v. Austria (application no. 62903/15, 04/07/2019) the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been no violation of Article 2 (right to…

Conference “Advancement of the Rights of the LGBTI Community in North Macedonia” and the first pride in North Macedonia

The SOGI Unit co-organised a national conference on LGBTI equality legislation, in partnership with the authorities of North Macedonia. The conference, titled “Advancement of the Rights of the LGBTI Community in North…

Prisoners’ video surveillance led to the violation of the right to privacy

In the case of Gorlov and Others v. Russia (application nos. 27057/06 and 2 others) the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been: a violation of…

Withdrawal of gambling licenses led to violation of Article 1 of Protocol No. 1

The case Svit Rozvag, TOV and others v. Ukraine (nos. 13290/11, 62600/12, and 49432/16, 27/06/2019, 27/06/2019) concerned the ban on gambling introduced in Ukraine in 2009. The applicants are two…

Applicable Articles of the European Convention on Human Rights in the event of traffic accidents causing severe injuries

The case of Nicolae Virgiliu Tănase v. Romania (application no. 41720/13) concerned a judge who had been severely injured in a car accident in 2004. The criminal proceedings, which Mr…

The detention of the applicant was not in accordance with the Convention after it became clear that he could not be deported to any safe third country

In the case of Al Husin v. Bosnia and Herzegovina (no. 2) (application no. 10112/16, 25/06/2019) the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been:  a violation…

Loss of victim status if the court acknowledges that a certain part of the sentence has already been served as a form of compensation for the excessive long proceeding

In the case of Chiarello v. Germany (application no. 497/17, 20/06/2019) the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been no violation of Article 6 § 1…

Croatian authorities have taken the necessary measures to protect the rights of a child – alleged victim of sexual abuse

In the case of A and B v. Croatia (application no. 7144/15, 20/06/2019) the European Court of Human Rights held, by four votes to three, that there had been no…

Special protection for minors must be a decisive factor for states when considering issues related to the status of illegal migrants

In the case of Sh.D. and Others v. Greece, Austria, Croatia, Hungary, North Macedonia, Serbia and Slovenia (application no. 14165/16, 13.06.2019) the European Court of Human Rights, unanimously: declared the…

Violation of the prisoners’ right to education due to the authorities’ refusal to allow them access to the computer and the internet

In the case of Mehmet Reşit Arslan and Orhan Bingöl v. Turkey (application no. 47121/06, 18.06.2019) the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been a violation…

The irreducible life sentence is not in accordance with the Convention on Human Rights

In the case of Marcello Viola v. Italy (no. 2) (application no. 77633/16, 13.06.2019) the European Court of Human Rights held, by a majority, that there had been a violation…

Decision on inadmissibility in the case related to decision on termination of employment based on evidence from private employee communication

The European Court of Human Rights has unanimously declared the application inadmissible in the case of Garamukanwa v. the United Kingdom (application no. 70573/17, 06.06.2019).  The case concerned Mr Garamukanwa’s…

The decision on the inadmissibility in the case concerning the right to an interpreter in criminal proceedings

The European Court of Human Rights unanimously declared the application inadmissible, in the case Pula v. North Macedonia (application no. 48835/13, 06.06.2019) concerned the requirement for an interpreter in criminal…

Southeast Europe Legal Days held in Belgrade

Southeast Europe Legal Days (SEELD) held at Metropol Palace Hotel Belgrade, from May 27th to May 28th. SEELD is unique event which gathered prominent legal experts from Southeast Europe during…

Revocation of the license by retroactive application of the new law has led to a violation of the right to property

the European Court of Human Rights held: by four votes to three, that there had been no violation of Article 7 (no punishment without law) of the European Convention on…

The second LGBT survey

Seven years after the first survey was launched in 2012, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) launched in May 2019 the second version of its LGBTI survey. The…

An urgent measure in the case of three Bosnian citizens of Roma ethnicity

The European Court of Human Rights has decided to apply an urgent measure in the case P.H. and Others v. Italy (application no. 25838/19) concerning three Bosnian citizens of Roma…

The interpretation of “grave risk” under international law in a child custody dispute

In the case of O.C.I. and Others v. Romania (application no. 49450/17, 21.05.2019) the European Court of Human Rights has unanimously held that there had been a violation of Article…

Refusal to make the change of nationality in the electoral roll for judges has led to violations of the right to privacy

In the case of Tasev v. North Macedonia (application no. 9825/13, 16.05.2019) the European Court of Human Rights held that there had been a violation of Article 8 (right to…

Concerns of the Commissioner for Human Rights about the Serbian draft legislation regarding the life imprisonment

The Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatović, warns Serbia to ensure that its draft legislation concerning life imprisonment is compliant with the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights…

OSCE survey on violence against women in North Macedonia

The OSCE Mission to Skopje and the OSCE Gender Section presented on 15 May 2019 in Skopje a survey on well-being and safety of women in North Macedonia.  The research…

Violation of the right to property due to the lack of the right to compensation

In the case of Kaynar and Others v. Turkey (applications nos. 21104/06, 51103/06 and 18809/07, 07.05.2019) the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been a violation…

Serbian government is failing to protect women with disabilities in institutions from violence

In its report, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW Committee) criticized Serbian laws that deprive women with disabilities of their legal capacity, the right to make decisions…

Council of Europe report on freedom of expression in 2018

A report, published  on the eve of World Press Freedom Day by the Council of Europe´s Information Society Department, maps out the major threats to freedom of expression in Europe…

The authorities’ refusal to allow the detainee to attend his brother’s funeral led to a violation of Article 8 of the Convention

In the case of Vetsev v. Bulgaria (application no. 54558/15, 30.04.2019) the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been a violation of Article 8 (right to…

The abolition of a final and binding court decision did not lead to violations of the principle of legal certainty

In the case of Elisei-Uzun and Andonie v. Romania (Application no. 42447/10, 23/04/2019) the European Court of Human Rights held that there has been: violation of Article 6 paragraph 1 in respect…

Second report on the monitoring of corruption cases before courts in BiH

The OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) presented today in Sarajevo its second report on the monitoring of corruption cases before courts in BiH. The report concludes that the…

Ethnic profiling of the Roma community

In the case Lingurar v. Romania (application no. 48474/14, 16/04/2019) the European Court of Human Rights unanimously held, that there had been: a violation of Article 3 (prohibition of inhuman…

ECtHR ruled that there would be a violation of Article 8 if a Kosovar national were to be expelled

In the case of I.M. v. Switzerland (application no. 23887/16, 09.04.2019) the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there would be a violation of Article 8 (right to…

The UN Committee on discrimination against women (CEDAW) concerned about gender stereotypes and gender-based violence in Serbia

The UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women in Serbia (UN Women) and the UN Human Rights Team in Serbia, together with civil society organizations, presented the…

The European Court of Human Rights delivered its first advisory opinion under Protocol 16

The French Court of Cassation made a request for an advisory opinion concerning the case of Mennesson v. France (no. 65192/11, 26 June 2014). The case concerned applicants, husband and…

Decision on discontinuing applicant’s contact with his children has led to violation of Article 8 of the Convention

The European Court of Human Rights held that there has been a violation of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights in the case A.V. v. Slovenia (application…

First Pride Parade in BiH

Bosnian human rights activists announced on Monday that Bosnia’s first-ever Pride Parade will take place in September in the capital, Sarajevo, and will gather members of the LGBTI community from…

The extradition of the Georgian applicant would lead to a violation of Article 3 because of the possible punishment of flogging

In the case G.S. v. Bulgaria (application no. 36538/17) the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there would be a violation of Article 3 (prohibition of torture and…

Offensive comments on the online forum did not lead to a violation of Article 8 of the Convention

The European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been no violation of Article 8 (right to respect for private life) of the European Convention on Human Rights…

Assessment of the work of Bosnia and Herzegovina Institutions in Combating Discrimination

An assessment of the work of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) institutions in combating discrimination, prepared by the OSCE Mission to BiH, was presented today in Sarajevo, on the occasion of…

Failure to carry out an adequate investigation into charges of rape had raised doubts about the system put in place by the Romanian State under its international obligations

The European Court of Human Rights held unanimously that there had been a violation of Article 3 (prohibition of inhuman or degrading treatment) and of Article 8 (right to respect…

Council of Europe Project End Online Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse

Online child sexual exploitation and abuse (OCSEA) is a specific form of violence against children. The often transnational nature of this crime requires an international, multi-sectorial response to ensure holistic…

Case of Bigović vs Montenegro

In the case Bigović vs Montenegro the European Court of Human Rights found a violation of Article 5 § 1, violation of Article 5 § 3 and violation of Article…

US State Department’s annual human rights reports on Balkans

The latest Human Rights Reports prepared by the US State Department said that the political influence and direct or indirect control over the media, as well as smear campaigns, threats and violence…

UN must take immediate action to provide justice for minority communities placed in poisoned camps

UN rights expert urge that United Nations must take immediate action to provide justice and remedies for displaced minority communities who were housed in UN camps constructed on toxic wasteland…

Prison sentence for defamation conviction was disproportionate restriction of freedom of expression

The European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been a violation of Article 10 (freedom of expression) of the European Convention on Human Rights in the case…

Life sentence

The European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been a violation of Article 3 (prohibition of inhuman or degrading treatment) of the European Convention on Human Rights…

High number of lawsuits filed against journalists in Croatia

The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Harlem Désir expressed his concern about the high number of lawsuits filed against journalists and news outlets by politicians and public officials…

Equality in Practice – Implementing Serbia’s Equality Laws

The study Equality in Practice – Implementing Serbia’s Equality Laws was presented as one of the results of the two-year project entitled Improving the Equality Legal and Policy Framework in…

Violation of the Convention for not taking into consideration the applicant’s request to maintain contact with his granddaughter

The European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been a violation of Article 8 (right to respect for private and family life) of the European Convention on…

State’s failure to protect minors from degrading treatment in migrant camps

The European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been a violation of Article 3 (prohibition of inhuman and degrading treatment) of the European Convention on Human Rights…

Digital evidence archive of the BIH Prosecutor’s Office

The Head of the OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Bruce G. Berton, the President of the High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council (HJPC) of BiH, Milan Tegeltija, and the…

Increase in threats to journalists in BiH

The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Harlem Désir, and the Head of the OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bruce G. Berton, condemned several threats made against journalists…

A court judgment ordering an attorney to pay an excessively determined amount of damage compensation violated his freedom of expression

The European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been a violation of Article 10 (freedom of expression) of the European Convention on Human Rights the case of…

Human Rights Watch World Report 2019

Human Rights Watch in its World Report 2019 said that Balkan countries made only modest progress last year in the field of human rights, citing lack of support for war…

Violation of the procedural limb of Article 2 owing to the length of domestic compensation proceedings

In the case of Fernandes de Oliveira v. Portugal (application no. 78103/14, 31/01/2019) the European Court of Human Rights held that there had been: no violation of the substantive limb…

CPT Report on Montenegro

European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) published a report on periodic visit to Montenegro focusing on police, prisons, psychiatry and social…

Protected Documents Handbook

The Border Police of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) presented the Protected Documents Handbook developed with the support of the OSCE Mission to BiH, at an event in Sarajevo on 28…

Failure to respect the presumption of innocence in media

The European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been a violation, and a violation of of the European Convention on Human Rights in the case Maslarova v….

The European Network on Statelessness Published the Statelessness Index

The European Network on Statelessness has published the Statelessness Index, which assesses how countries in Europe protect stateless people and what they are doing to prevent and reduce statelessness. The…

Violation of the right to privacy regarding the protection of sensitive personal data

The European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been a violation of Article 8 (right to respect for private and family life) of the European Convention on…

The court decision ordering the DNA test in disputed paternity case did not violate right to privacy

The European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been no violation of Article 8 (right to respect for private and family life) of the European Convention on…

A smear campaign by posting an explecit video against a journalist has led to a violations of the Convention

The European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been two violations of Article 8 (right to respect for private and family life, home and correspondence) and a…

Violation of Article 8 due to the complicated and prolonged registration procedure of sex change on the birth certificate

The European Court of Human Rights found a violation of Article 8 – on account of the lack of a regulatory framework ensuring the right to respect for the applicant’s…

Sexual discrimination due to the to the prohibition of male prisoners from attending funerals

The European Court of Human Rights held that there had been a violation of Article 14 (prohibition of discrimination) in conjunction with Article 8 (right to respect for private and…

The withdrawal of some aspects of the parents’ authority for refusing parents to have their children attending school

The European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been no violation of Article 8 (right to respect for private and family life) of the European Convention on…

Serbian authorities have failed to provide the prisoner with protection against abuse and inhuman and degrading treatment

In the case of Gjini v. Serbia (application no. 1128/16) the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been: a violation of Article 3 (prohibition of torture…

The applicant’s conviction for defamation following a published article on the parliamentary candidate did not lead to a violation of Article 10 of the Convention

In the case of Prunea v. Romania (application 47881/11, 08/01/2019) the European Court of Human Rights found that there has not been a violation of Article 10 (freedom of expression)…

The access to pre-university education for non-majority communities in Kosovo

The OSCE Mission in Kosovo published a report which assesses the access to pre-university education for non-majority communities in Kosovo. The report, Communities’ Access to Pre-University Education in Kosovo, covers…

Impunity of the police for excessive use of force has led to violation of the Convention

The European Court on Human Rights found a violation of Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights in the case of Hasan Köse v. Turkey (application no. 15014/11,…

The application of Islamic law in the inheritance dispute contrary to the will of the testator and the heir, has led to the violation of the Convention

The European Court of Human Rights held that there had been a violation of Article 14 of the Convention (prohibition of discrimination) read in conjunction with Article 1 of Protocol…

No violation of Article 8 in the case of the applicant’s expulsion to Turkey by the German authorities

The European Court of Human Rights held that there had been no violation of Article 8 (right to respect for private and family life) of The European Convention on Human…

New practice of the European Court of Human Rights from 1 January 2019

The European Court of Human Rights has decided to introduce a new practice from 1 January 2019 involving a dedicated, non-contentious phase in respect of all Contracting States. The Court…

Restrictions on family visits in the prisons

The European Court of Human Rights held that there has been a violation of the Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights in the case of Resin v….

Authorities did not investigate a possible racist motive in the shooting of a Roma family by a police officer

In the case of Lakatošová and Lakatoš v. Slovakia (application no. 655/16, 11.12.2018) the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been a violation of Article 14…

Croatia returns migrants to Bosnia and Herzegovina contrary to international principles

Croatian police are pushing migrants and asylum seekers back to Bosnia and Herzegovina, in some cases violently, and without giving them the possibility to seek asylum. Human Rights Watch interviewed…

Custodial penalty for protesting during a trial violated the European Convention on Human Right

In the case of Słomka v. Poland (application no. 68924/12, 06.12.2018) the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously that there had been a violation of Article 6 (right to…

International Human Rights Day

On the occasion of the day of Human Rights Day, Dunja Mijatović, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, called member states to halt the attacks against human rights defenders and…

Preventive detention of convicted murder did not violate the Convention

In the case of Ilnseher v. Germany, the European Court of Human Rights held that there was no violation of the Convention. The case concerned the lawfulness of a convicted murderer’s…

Case of Alekseyev and Others v. Russia

In the case of Alekseyev and Others v. Russia (application no. 14988/09 and 50 others, 27.11.2018) the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been a violation…

Report „Two schools under one roof”

The OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) presented a report titled ‘Two schools under one roof’: The Most Visible Example of Discrimination in Education in Bosnia and Herzegovina on…

Examples of the impact of the European Convention on Human Rights

Thirty new case studies have been added to the Council of Europe’s interactive website showing how the European Convention on Human Rights has changed people’s lives across the continent. The website now…

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

“All women and girls have the right to live free from violence. Unfortunately, this is not the reality. One in three women has experienced physical or sexual violence – 22%…

The president of the UN war crimes court in The Hague criticised denying that the Srebrenica massacres were an act of genocide

The president of the UN war crimes court in The Hague, Theodor Meron, criticised Serbia for denying that the Srebrenica massacres were an act of genocide. The president of the…

Several violations of the European Convention on Human Rights in case of Aleksey Navalnyy against Russia

In the case of Navalnyy v. Russia (application no. 29580/12 and four others, 15.11.2018) the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights held unanimously that there had been…

Chinese student’s murder conviction violated his right to a fair trial

In the case of Zhang v. Ukraine (application no. 6970/15, 13.11.2018) the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been a violation of Article 6 § 1…

The principle of ne bis in idem is inapplicable in the case of anti-hooliganism measures in Croatia

The European Court of Human Rights has unanimously declared the application inadmissible in the case of Seražin v. Croatia (application no. 19120/15, 08.11.2018). The case concerned the measures used in…

Conviction for calling Muhammad a paedophile was in accordance with Article 10

In the case of E.S. v. Austria (application no. 38450/12, 25.10.2018) the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been no violation of Article 10 (freedom of…

The first request for an advisory opinion before the European Court of Human Rights under Protocol 16

On 16 October 2018 the Court received a request for an advisory opinion from the French Court of Cassation. It is the first request received by the Court since the…

Anti-torture Committee report on periodic visit to Croatia focusing on police, prisons and psychiatry

The Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) has published on 2 October the report on its periodic visit to…

Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence reports on Montenegro and Turkey

The Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO) published its evaluation reports on Montenegro and Turkey. The reports contain an overall analysis of the…

The decision to expel a long-term migrant did not lead to violation of the Convention

In case the case of Levakovic v. Denmark (application no. 7841/14, 23/20/2018) the European Court of Human Rights held that there had been no violation of Article 8 (right to…

Interprofessional seminar on freedom of expression and protection of right to privacy online was held in Sarajevo

Interprofessional seminar for the representatives of judiciary and the media in BiH was held on 25 and 26 October in Sarajevo. Main topics were freedom of expression online and the…

Custody of the children

In the case Grujić v. Serbia (no. 203/07, 28.08.2018) the European Court of Human Rights found that there has been no violation of Article 8 of the European Convention on…

Imprisonment for the publication of offensive comments on the work of the police

In the case of Savva Terentyev v. Russia (application no. 10692/09) the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been a violation of Article 10 (freedom of…

Republika Srpska annulled the Srebrenica Commission’s Report acknowledging genocide

The Republika Srpska National Assembly in Bosnia and Herzegovina drew concern from the top United Nations expert on the Prevention of Genocide, over its decision to revoke its endorsement of…

ECHR: Hungary must provide food to rejected asylum seekers

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR),responding to emailed questions from Reuters, stated that Hungary must provide food to rejected asylum seekers held in detention camps on its border who…

Inclusive education in Serbia

The Serbian government formally pledged in June that all children with disabilities will be able to go to school. Thousands of children with disabilities in Serbia are not enrolled in school. As…

Domestic violence

In the case   N.K. v. Germany (no. 59549/12, 26/07/2018) the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been no violation of Article 6 §§ 1 and 3 (d)…

Implementing the judgments and decisions of European Court of Human Rights

The latest case-by-case decisions adopted on the implementation of judgments from the European Court of Human Rights have been published by the Committee of Ministers. During its “Human Rights” meeting…

Serbian draft law on free legal aid limits the right of access to justice

Civil society organizations have expressed concern about the solutions contained in the Draft Law on Free Legal Aid.   The Law on Free Legal Aid has been pending for more…

Russian anti-gay propaganda law violates international human rights agreements

A UN human rights panel has ruled that a Russian regional law banning gay propaganda among minors is in violation of a legally binding international treaty on human rights. Russia…

The domestic courts’ failure to enforce the court judgment regarding the entitlement to access to a child

The European Court of Human Rights held that there has been a violation of Article 8 in the case Vyshnyakov v. Ukraine (no. 25612/12, 24.07.2018). The case concerned applicant’s access…

Judgment of the European Court of Human Rights against Romania for violating Article 6 of the Convention in the procedure for obtaining a family allowance

In the case of Negrea and Others v. Romania (application no. 53183/07, 24/07/2018) the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been a violation of Article 6…

Violation of Article 10 because of slander conviction

The European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been a violation of Article 10 (freedom of speech) of the European Convention on Human Rights in the case…

The report of the Conference on “Social and economic rights for forcibly displaced persons during the conflicts in former Yugoslavia” is now published

The Conference, which took place in the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina in June 2017, provided an opportunity to assess the progress made regarding the implementation of social and…

New edition of the Rules of Court and Protocol no. 16

The European Court of Human Rights has been published a new edition of the Rules of Court. This new edition of the Rules of Court incorporates amendments made by the…

The best interest of the child is more important than determining the paternity

Fröhlich v. Germany (application no. 16112/15, 26.07.2018) The applicant, Arnulf Fröhlich, is a German national who was born in 1966 and lives in Köthel (Germany). The case concerned Mr. Fröhlich’s…

The fifth World Day against Trafficking in Persons and focus on trafficking in children

This year, the Inter-Agency Coordination Group against Trafficking in Persons (ICAT), of which the Council of Europe is a partner, decided to focus in particular on trafficking in children, who…

Summons to appear in court served via public notification was not sufficient under the Convention

In the case of Dridi v. Germany (application no. 35778/11, 26.07.2018), the European Court of Human Rightsheld, unanimously, that there had been: a violation of Article 6 §§ 1 and…

The UN Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration has been adopted

For the first time ever, United Nations Member States have agreed an all-encompassing Global Compact to better manage international migration, address its challenges, strengthen migrant rights and contribute to sustainable…

Berlin Declaration

The Berlin Declaration has been adopted at the German Bundestag.Nearly 300 parliamentarians from 53 OSCE participating States and four Partners for Co-operation participated in the 27th Annual Session, which took…

Investigation of journalist Anna Politkovskaya’s murder failed to find who commissioned her death

In the case of Mazepa and Others v. Russia (application no. 15086/07, 17.07.2018) the European Court of Human Rights held that there had been a violation of Article 2 (right…

Article 4 is applicable to the trafficking and exploitation of women for the purposes of prostitution

In the case of S.M. v. Croatia (application no. 60561/14, 19.07.2018) the European Court of Human Rights held, that there had been a violation of Article 4 (prohibition of slavery…

New judgment in favour of same-sex marriage

Bulgarian court recognizes marriage of same-sex couple for the first time in the history of that country. The court ruled in favor of two lesbians who want to live there…

Multiple violations of the European Convention owing to Pussy Riot punk band convictions

The European Court of Human Rights found multiple violations of the European Convention on human rights in the case Mariya Alekhina and Others v. Russia (application no. 38004/12. 17/07/2018). The…

Serbia joined the European Union’s rights, equality and citizenship programme

Serbia became the first country of the Western Balkans to join the European Union’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship programme on 16 July 2018, when Minister of Labour, Veterans’ and Social…

CEPEJ guidelines on mediation

At its 30th plenary meeting, the CEPEJ – the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice completed the list of existing Council of Europe instruments in the field of mediation,…

Compensation claim

In the case Kamenova v. Bulgaria (application no. 62784/09, 12/07/2018) the European Court of Human Rights held that there had been no violation of Article 6 § 1 (access to…

Alternative Report on the implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against woman in Serbia submitted to CEDAW

Praxis,in cooperation with the European Network for Statelessness (ENS), the European Center for Roma Rights (ERRC) and the Institute for Apatridia and Inclusion (ISI), submitted to the Committee on the…

Low Domestic awards for wrongful imprisonment violated the European Convention on Human Rights

The European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been a violation of Article 5 § 5 (right to compensation for wrongful imprisonment) of the European Convention on…

Discrimination based on gender

In the case of Hülya Ebru Demirel v. Turkey (application no. 30733/08, 19/06/2018) the European Court of Human Rights held that there had been a violation of Article 14 (right…

Right to be forgotten and freedom of the media

In the case of M.L. and W.W. v. Germany (application no. 60798/10 and 65599/10, 28/06/2018) the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been no violation of…

Serbia will be sued before the European Court of Human Rights by Roma community

Representatives of Serbia’s Roma community will sue Serbiab state at the European Court of Human Rights after the Serbian Appeals Court acquitted members of paramilitary group of killing 27 Roma…

Kosovo Specialist Chambers in Hague have been invited to investigate journalists’ deaths in Kosovo

The European Federation of Journalists adopted a resolution urging a new Hague-based court to investigate killings and disappearances of ethnic Albanian and Serb journalists during Kosovo conflict. The European Federation…

Presented OSCE report on judicial shortcomings in processing corruption cases in Bosnia and Herzegovina

OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) presented a first assessment of issues negatively impacting the quality and effectiveness of the judicial response to corruption in BiH to representatives of…

Human rights report for Serbia

The UN Human Rights Council, at its 38th meeting in Geneva, adopted the report of the Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review for Serbia (UPR). Serbia passed through the…

Bulk interception of communications in Sweden meets Convention standards

In the case of Centrum för Rättvisa v. Sweden (application no. 35252/08, 19/06/2018) the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been: no violation of Article 8…

The rights of prospective adoptive parents cannot override rights of biological parents

In the case Antkowiak v. Poland (application no. 27025/17) concerned a custody dispute over a child between the applicants, who are prospective adoptive parents, and the biological parents, the European…

Cooperation between Superior Courts Network (SCN) and Council of Europe

The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg hosted the second Focal Points Forum of the Superior Court Network (SCN) on 8 June 2018.63 representatives of 59 member courts from…

European Court of Justice ruled that all EU countries must recognise rights of gay spouses

In the case Relu Adrian Coman and Others v Inspectoratul General pentru Imigrӑri and Others (judgment no. C-673/16, 05.06.2018) European Court of Justice has found that the term ‘spouse’ from…

Judgment in the case Ljatifi against the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

In the case of Ljatifi v. “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” (application no. 19017/16, 17.05.2018) the European Court of Human Rights held, by six votes to one, that there…

Judgments of the European Court of Human Rights against Russia

The European Court of Human Rights has found a violation of the Convention in a case Navalnyy v. Russia (32963/16). In the present case, the applicant asked the Federal Migration…

New hearing of the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights

The European Court of Human Rights held a hearing on May 3, 2018: Georgia v. Russia (II) (application no. 38263/08): concerning the armed conflict between Georgia and the Russian Federation…

The first national tabletop exercise on handling cybercrime held in Skopje

The first national tabletop exercise on handling cyber/ ICT security incidents at national and international level, was held in Skopje on 8 May 2018. It was jointly organized by the…

Greco’s EighteentH General Activity Report

Greco, the anti-corruption body of the Council of Europe, has published its Eighteenth General Activity Report for 2017 year. The 18th report provides an account about corruption in Europe and…

Protocol 16 to the ECHR entered into force on 1 august 2018

The Protocol 16 to the European Convention, adopted in 2013, has entered into force on 1 August of this year. France has ratified Protocol 16 and that was the tenth…

Report of the Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) on physical ill-treatment of detained persons in Serbia

The Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) has published on June 21, 2018 the report on its ad hoc…