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  • Belfast bakery 'gay cake' dispute referred to European Court of Human Rights [Northern Ireland]

    08/15/2019 10:38:38 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    RTÉ News ^ | Thursday, 15 Aug 2019 17:21
    A case involving a Belfast bakery, that refused to make a cake with a pro-same-sex marriage slogan for a customer, has been referred to the European Court of Human Rights. Ashers Baking was found guilty of discrimination in 2015 for refusing to make a cake for Gareth Lee. Mr. Lee requested a cake with the words “Support Gay Marriage” iced on top, but the owners of the bakery refused due to their Christian beliefs. The bakery has said its objection was to the message on the cake, not the customer. Mr. Lee’s legal bid in Europe’s highest court will argue...
  • European court rejects German couple’s home-schooling appeal

    01/10/2019 7:33:04 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | January 10, 2019 | David Rising
    The European Court of Human Rights on Thursday rejected the appeal of a German couple who have been fighting for years to home school their kids, saying the government was within its rights to temporarily remove their children. Home schooling is illegal in Germany and the Strasbourg, France-based court noted it had already upheld that law in previous decisions. But Dirk and Petra Wunderlich, who are in their early 50s, had argued their rights to privacy of home and family life were violated by Hesse state authorities when their four children were taken from them in 2013. They were returned...
  • Former ECHR Judge: Turkey is obliged to comply with the ECHR

    11/21/2018 7:13:51 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 9 replies
    ANF News ^ | Wednesday, 21 Nov 2018, 11:30 | ZEYNEP KURAY
    Former ECHR Judge and CHP Izmir MP Riza Turmen stressed that Turkey is obliged to comply with the ECHR’s Demirtas ruling. Former ECHR Judge and CHP (Republican People's Party) Izmir MP Riza Turmen stressed that Turkey is obliged to comply with the ECHR’s Demirtas ruling. Riza Turmen called for compliance with the European Court of Human Rights ruling and stressed that Selahattin Demirtas should be released without delays. Turmen stated that noncompliance with the ruling, which references Article 18 of the European Convention on Human Rights and poses a precedent for other political prisoners, will be the confirmation that Demirtas’s...
  • Erdogan says Turkey not bound by European court’s ruling to release Demirtas

    11/21/2018 6:51:06 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 11 replies
    Stockholm Center for Freedom ^ | November 20, 2018 | SCF
    President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Tuesday said that Turkey is not bound by verdicts of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) following the court’s decision calling for the release of Kurdish leader Selahattin Demirtaş from a lengthy pre-trial detention. “ECtHR decisions do not bind us. Up until now, most of the decisions about the organization [Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)] have been negative. There is a lot to be done in reaction [to the verdict]. We will take steps in response and finish the case. Terrorism continues,” Erdoğan said in parliament after the ruling. The ECtHR on Tuesday urged Turkey...
  • Calling Mohammed a Pedophile Not Covered by Free Speech, European Court Rules

    10/26/2018 4:29:52 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 91 replies
    CNS News ^ | October 26, 2018 | Patrick Goodenough
    ( – Europe’s top human rights court has ruled that comments about Mohammed having pedophilic tendencies are not covered by the right to freedom of expression, agreeing with the assessment of courts in Austria that the remarks constituted “an abusive attack on the Prophet of Islam which could stir up prejudice and threaten religious peace.” A seven-judge European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) panel in Strasbourg concluded that the Austrian courts had “carefully balanced the applicant’s right to freedom of expression with the rights of others to have their religious feelings protected, and to have religious peace preserved in Austrian...
  • ETA airport bombers win compensation victory [Spain: Basque terrorists]

    02/14/2018 8:07:41 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies ^ | 14 February 2018 08:50 CET+01:00 | AFP
    Europe’s top rights court on Tuesday ordered Spain to compensate two ETA members convicted of the 2006 bombing of Madrid Airport for the “inhuman and degrading treatment” they suffered in police custody. The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) did not, however, uphold the men’s claim that they had been tortured. Igor Portu and Martin Sarasola are serving life sentences over the bombing of the Terminal 4 car park at Madrid airport, which killed two people and injured around 50 others as part of ETA’s violent four-decade campaign for Basque independence. The pair claimed they were kicked and punched by...
  • ‘Death Panel’: European Court Says Terminal Baby Must Die Despite Parents Funding Extra Car

    06/29/2017 6:06:37 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 45 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 29,2017 | Liam Deacon
    A European court has ruled that the parents of a critically ill baby cannot privately pay for him to go to the United States for “experimental treatment”, and the child must stay in a British hospital to “die with dignity”. The parents of 10-month-old Charlie Gard are reported to be “utterly distraught” after the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) denied them a final effort to save their dying son. After losing a battle in the UK’s Supreme Court, they had appealed to the court in France to fight the decision of British doctors at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital,...
  • German parents go to court after police seize kids over homeschooling

    04/06/2017 9:54:34 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies ^ | 6 April 2017 15:24 CEST+02:00 | DPA/The Local
    A German couple temporarily lost custody of their children because they were homeschooling them. Now the family is taking their case to the European Court of Human Rights to defend what they say is their parental right. The parents of four children are appearing before the Strasbourg European Court of Human Rights on Thursday to fight Germany’s near ban on homeschooling. In August 2013, the Wunderlich family had just begun their first homeschooling lesson of the year near Darmstadt, Hesse, when around two dozen police officers and social workers “stormed the home” using a battering ram, according to the parents...
  • ECHR - KGB killings of Lithuanian partisans not a genocide

    11/04/2015 4:37:10 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 8 replies
    The Baltic Times ^ | 2015-10-21 | BNS/TBT Staff
    The European Court of Human Rights has ruled the KGB murders of Lithuanian partisans was not an act of genocide. The ruling may become an important legal precedent in the evaluation of Soviet atrocities The ECHR ruled that former KGB officer, Vytautas Vasiliauskas, had been sentenced in Lithuania in June 2011 "on legal provisions that had not been in force in 1953.”
  • Put UK back in charge of human rights laws

    10/03/2014 9:08:23 AM PDT · by Olog-hai
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 17:58 EST, 2 October 2014 | (Daily Mail Comment)
    For years, the Mail has campaigned against the insidious and remorseless undermining of the sovereignty of Parliament and our judicial system by the remote, unaccountable European Court of Human Rights. From demanding that prisoners should get the vote to halting the deportation of terrorists who hate this country’s values, it is synonymous with judgments that fly in the face of common sense and the interests of the British people. Indeed, judicial activism in Strasbourg—and, remember, some ECHR members represent countries with populations smaller than the London borough of Islington—has warped the original noble intentions of the British authors of the...
  • European court condemns UK again over prisoner vote ban

    08/12/2014 7:44:41 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    EUbusiness ^ | 12 August 2014, 12:42 CET | (AFP)
    The European Court of Human Rights condemned Britain once again on Tuesday for banning prisoners from voting, while ruling that inmates who challenged the ban were not entitled to any compensation. The Strasbourg court recognized moves to change the law in Britain, but said the blanket ban remained and was still in breach of the right to free elections enshrined in the European Convention of Human Rights. The case was brought by 10 prisoners who were automatically banned from voting in elections to the European Parliament in 2009 because of their incarceration. …
  • Greek Jewish Community Takes Germany to Court

    02/24/2014 11:25:46 PM PST · by Olog-hai
    INN ^ | 2/25/2014, 6:16 AM | Elad Benari
    Greece’s biggest Jewish community said Monday it has taken Germany to Europe’s top human rights court, The Associated Press (AP) reported. The community is seeking the return of a huge ransom paid to Nazis more than 70 years ago to free thousands of slave laborers who were still sent subsequently to German death camps, the report said. The Jewish Community of Thessaloniki said it also wants “moral vindication” in a lawsuit tabled last week at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. …
  • Is UK caving in to Europe’s call to scrap life term? Cameron accused of planning to…

    01/03/2014 6:32:41 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 19:33 EST, 2 January 2014 | Jack Doyle
    David Cameron was yesterday accused of planning to “kow-tow” to European human rights judges and scrap the country’s toughest jail sentences. So-called “whole-life” terms, which condemn the most dangerous serial killers to die behind bars, could be replaced by “US-style 100-year terms”. But crucially, unlike many states in the US, the new sentences in Britain will come with an automatic review—potentially allowing murderers who would otherwise have stayed in jail to be released back on to the streets. […] Downing Street is set to change the law to comply with a European Court of Human Rights judgment, which found life...
  • A great day for British justice: Theresa May vows to take UK out of European Court of Human Rights

    03/02/2013 10:50:15 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 23:11 EST, 2 March 2013 | Simon Walters
    Britain is set to pull out of the discredited European Convention on Human Rights that has allowed dangerous criminals and hate preachers to remain in the UK. It marks a triumph for The Mail on Sunday’s campaign against the ludicrous abuses of justice carried out in the name of human rights. The historic move, to be announced soon by Home Secretary Theresa May, would mean foreign courts could no longer meddle in British justice. The European Convention has led to such hugely controversial decisions as banning the deportation of radical cleric Abu Qatada and giving British prisoners the right to...
  • European Court Verdict: Rendition Victim El-Masri Awarded €60,000

    12/13/2012 4:52:39 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 12/13/2012 | (cgh—with wire reports)
    Khaled El-Masri, the Lebanese-born German national who claims the CIA abducted him in Macedonia in 2003 before subjecting him to unlawful imprisonment and torture, has become accustomed to his case being thrown out of court. But on Thursday, he was finally able to claim a victory. The European Court of Human Rights ruled in El-Masri’s favor and ordered that the government of Macedonia to pay him €60,000 ($78,456) in damages. Based in Strasbourg, the court found that his account of having been flown secretly to Afghanistan, brutally interrogated there at a prison run by the US intelligence agency and then...
  • Britain must defy Europe over votes for prisoners, for the very soul of our democracy’s at stake

    10/26/2012 1:26:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 02:37 EST, 25 October 2012 | Dominic Raab
    Yesterday, the Prime Minister was crystal clear. “No one should be in any doubt: prisoners are not getting the vote under this Government.” Human rights lawyers and prison reform campaigners whinge that such defiance puts Britain on a collision course with the European Court of Human Rights, which set us a deadline of November 22 to overturn the current ban. In reality, it is the Strasbourg court that is threatening the rule of our national law with its arbitrary edicts. This is a fight over a principle which Britain must pick. …
  • The European Court of Human Rights is an absurd yoke around Britain’s neck

    05/22/2012 1:06:37 PM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 6 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | May 22, 2012 | Nile Gardiner
    As The Telegraph’s Tom Whitehead reports, prisoners in the UK must be given the right to vote following a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). If the British government complies with this ruling, it will do so in the face of huge parliamentary and public opposition, with MPs voting against such a measure by 243 to 22 last February. This is an appalling ruling from a supranational court in Strasbourg that does not possess an ounce of democratic credibility. Americans would never accept the judgment of a foreign court over their own domestic affairs, and nor should...
  • Lawyers for USS Cole bomb suspect file court case (with European Human Rights court)

    05/10/2011 8:07:04 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    AP/Yahoo ^ | 5/10/11 | Jamey Keaton
    Lawyers for the suspected al-Qaida mastermind of the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole said Tuesday they have filed a case against Poland at Europe's court of human rights over alleged abuse against him at a CIA-run site in that country about eight years ago. The Open Society Justice Initiative, a New York-based human rights group, and lawyers for Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri are challenging Poland for "active complicity" in the extraordinary rendition program carried out under then-President George W. Bush. The case filed with the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, seeks in part to press Poland...
  • School crucifixes 'do not breach human rights'

    03/20/2011 2:36:36 PM PDT · by Republicain · 8 replies
    BBC ^ | 03/18/2011
    Displaying crucifixes in schools in Italy does not breach the rights of non-Catholic families, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled.
  • “Right” of Couples to IVF Trumps Children’s Right to a Normal Family - European Court of HR

    04/07/2010 3:27:53 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies · 382+ views
    Life Site News ^ | April 7, 2010 | Hilary White
    STRASBOURG, April 7, 2010 ( – The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has issued a Chamber judgment that Austria’s laws restricting in vitro fertilization procedures are “discriminatory” and violate the right to a family life under the European Convention on Human Rights. Seven judges of the Court ruled that the Austrian Artificial Procreation Act preventing the use of donated sperm or ova in artificial fertilization procedures violates the “right to respect for family life” of two married couples who suffer from infertility. With a few exceptions, Austrian law allows only “homologous” in vitro fertilization techniques that use the sperm...