July 18, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Thursday ordered Russia to pay damages in the amount of ?16,000 (USD $22,000) within the next three months for placing defendants in metal cages during trial. This is the first case involving the use of cages in Russian trials to reach the Grand Cha... ...[read more]
July 1, 2014
by William Hibbitts
The European Court of Human Rights ruled Tuesday that France's face covering ban is permissible under European law. In SAS v. France the court ruled 15-2 that the ban, which became effective in 2011, complies with all articles of the Convention of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms and, as a ...[read more]
May 29, 2014
by Julie Deisher
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) upheld the conviction of former Croatian army commander Fred Margus on Wednesday. Margus challenged his 2007 conviction for war crimes against civilians during the 1990s Yugoslav wars. Charges initially brought against Margus were terminated in 1997 under ...[read more]
May 13, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Monday ordered Turkey to pay ?90 million (USD $123 million) to Cyprus for invading the island in 1974. Thirty million euros are to be paid in damages to relatives of the missing, and ?60 million have been allocated for residents of the Karpas... ...[read more]
May 7, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
The Indian Supreme Court on Tuesday banned a version of bull fighting in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. Jallikattu is an annual festival in which thousands of men chase the bulls to grab prizes tied to their horns. The court found that the use of bulls in the festival "severely harmed" the ...[read more]
April 10, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday criticized a law passed by the Ukrainian parliament , saying that it violates judicial independence and should be struck down. The law, On Restoring Confidence in the Judiciary, sets forth circumstances under which a judge could be put through judicial review ...[read more]
March 18, 2014
by Ann Schober
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Tuesday condemned Turkey for violating the rights of Abdullah Ocalan, the jailed founder of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). The court found that Ocalan, imprisoned on the Turkish island of Imarli since 1999, had been subjected to "inhuman" ...[read more]
March 17, 2014
by Daniel Mullen
The environmental advocacy organization Greenpeace International on Monday filed a lawsuit against Russia in the European Court of Human Rights on behalf of the Arctic 30, a group of Greenpeace activists who spent two months in a Russian jail following a peaceful protest against drilling in the ...[read more]
February 18, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
A panel of five judges for the UK Court of Appeal ruled Tuesday that UK laws do allow for whole life prison sentences, despite a July European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruling finding whole life sentences violate human rights, unless there is a system that requires parole review. In Tuesday's ...[read more]
January 28, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled 11-6 on Tuesday that the state of Ireland is liable for the sexual abuse of a schoolgirl, aged nine, by a lay teacher in an Irish National School in 1973. Louise O'Keeffe brought the case to the European rights court after the Ireland high court ...[read more]

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