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ECHR fines Russia for branding human rights groups as 'foreign agents'
The court in Strasbourg has ruled that Moscow breached the European Convention of Human Rights for designating NGOs and media outlets as foreign agents.
Turkish philanthropist Osman Kavala given life sentence
The businessman is accused by Turkey of financing anti-government protests in 2013, while human rights groups have continually called for his release.
European court condemns Switzerland for COVID ban on demonstrations
Between March and June 2020, Swiss citizens faced up to three years in prison if they held public or private demonstrations.
Poland finds European convention 'incompatible' with constitution
A Polish court said the European Convention on Human Rights was partly incompatible with the constitution.
Osman Kavala still held in Turkish prison despite threat of sanctions
The businessman has been held without trial in Turkey for over four years.
Council of Europe begins rare action against Turkey over Osman Kavala
The lengthy proceedings could see Turkey lose voting rights or be expelled from the European human rights body.
Trial of philanthropist Osman Kavala resumes in Turkey
Turkey has repeatedly refused to release Kavala despite a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights.
Detention centre in Lithuania opened after inmate won compensation
Lithuania has opened up a former riding club on the outskirts of its capital Vilnius to the media which was once used by the CIA as a detention facility.
European human rights court urges Russia to tackle domestic violence
Judges said domestic violence against Russian women is occurring on a “staggering scale”.
Osman Kavala: Council of Europe launches legal action against Turkey
The European Court of Human Rights had called for Kavala to be immediately released, but Turkey has dismissed the ruling.
Europe rights court slams Croatia on Afghan family pushback
The court ruled that Croatia illegally pushed back a migrant family in 2017. A 6-year-old girl was killed by a train on the border with Serbia shortly after the removal.
European court urges Poland to address lack of judicial independence
The court called on Warsaw to take "rapid action" to resolve the lack of independence in its National Council.
European court condemns Turkish law banning insults of Erdogan
The ruling followed a 2017 case when a Turkish man was convicted of posting two caricatures of President Erdogan on Facebook.
Catholic Church sex abuse claims: Vatican has immunity, rules ECHR
Abuse victims seeking compensation from the Holy See and Catholic leaders were told Belgian courts had no jurisdiction over the Vatican.
Poland discriminated against gay mother in custody battle, says court
A Polish mother has been awarded €10,000 in damages after she lost custody of her children by starting a relationship with another woman.
Ban on National Bolshevik Party was 'a human rights violation'
Fifteen years after the case was first lodged, during which the founder died, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled Russian courts had not had a strong enough case to ban radical anti-Putin group the National Bolshevik Party.
Lithuania must not push back Afghan refugees to Belarus, says court
The European Court of Human Rights has ordered Lithuania not to push back five Afghan refugees stranded on the border with Belarus.
European court dismisses complaint against mandatory vaccination
More than 670 professional and volunteer firefighters in France had complained that compulsory vaccines violated their rights.
Austria postpones deportation of Afghan man after ECHR ruling
The ECHR considers that an expulsion under the current conditions could constitute a violation by Vienna of the European Convention on Human Rights.
Russia rejects European court order to recognise same-sex unions
Russian authorities have dismissed a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights that same-sex unions should be acknowledged.
ECHR to hear 12 cases against Poland over abortion ban
The applicants, all Polish women, say the law change that came into effect in January 2021 breached their human rights.
Spain violated free speech rights of ETA politician, court rules
The former politician has been sentenced to prison in Spain for honouring a deceased ETA activist in a speech in 2008.
These 6 countries are taking governments to court over climate change
The UK is facing fresh legal action over its failure to tackle CO2 emissions. Which other European nations are in the courtroom?
UK surveillance breached human rights laws, top European court rules
The case upheld a 2018 ruling by the lower chamber of the European Court of Human Rights.
Turkey violated rights of jailed journalist Ahmet Altan, ECHR finds
The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Turkey violated veteran journalist Ahmet Altan's rights to liberty and freedom of expression by jailing him on terrorism charges after the failed 2016 coup.
How a court ruling lays the ground for mandatory COVID-19 vaccination
A recent ruling by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has set a precedent that European countries could use to make COVID-19 vaccines compulsory.