December 20, 2001 |
The European Court of Human Rights refused to accept a complaint against NATO nations brought by a group of Yugoslavs whose relatives were killed in the 1999 bombing campaign. Judges at the court in Strasbourg, France, unanimously declared the case inadmissible because the action occurred in Yugoslavia and outside its jurisdiction. Yugoslavia is not part of the 43-member Council of Europe. The complaint was brought by six Yugoslavs.
May 13, 2005 |
In a widely anticipated ruling, Europe's top human rights court Thursday urged Turkey to grant a retrial to Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan, saying his 1999 trial was not fair. The decision by the European Court for Human Rights is expected to stoke anger in Turkey and complicate Ankara's efforts to lead this predominantly Muslim country into the European Union, Western diplomats and Turkish officials said.
March 22, 2012 |
A young Chechen man is stopped at a Russian checkpoint on a lonely mountain road in 2003. After being taken away to a military base, he is never seen again. That same year, Russia's richest man is arrested at gunpoint on an airstrip in Siberia. Today, he languishes in a gulag-style prison camp. The connection between the two detentions, one involving an unknown 25-year-old named Said-Emin Sambiyev and the other a famous tycoon named Mikhail Khodorkovsky, may not be apparent.
May 11, 2011 |
A former head of Formula One racing who successfully sued a tabloid newspaper over a story about his orgy with five women lost his bid Tuesday to force media organizations to notify subjects before publishing information about their private lives. The European Court of Human Rights ruled that the pre-notification sought by Max Mosley would have "a serious and unjustified chilling effect" on freedom of expression. The court also said that enough rules and institutions exist to protect complainants seeking redress against reports they consider inaccurate or unjustified.
January 13, 2000 |
The government of Turkey put on hold the execution of Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan, a move aimed at enhancing the country's prospects for joining the European Union. The EU countries have all abolished the death penalty and are urging Turkey to do the same. Turkey's decision came in response to a request from the European Court of Human Rights to review Ocalan's appeal.
November 17, 2001 |
The European Court of Human Rights has agreed to hear a complaint by Maurice Papon, a former Vichy official imprisoned for his role in deporting Jews to Nazi death camps during World War II. The court said this week that it had declared admissible Papon's complaint that he was denied the right to appeal his 1998 conviction for complicity in crimes against humanity. His other complaints were rejected. Papon, 91, is serving a 10-year sentence in Paris' La Sante prison.