According to Article 36 of the European Convention on Human Rights, the Commissioner can take part in the proceedings of the European Court of Human Rights, either at the invitation of the President of the Court or, since the entry into force of Protocol No. 14 to the Convention on 1 June 2010, on his own initiative. The Commissioner can submit written contributions and participate in hearings.
The Commissioner's observations are based on his country and thematic activities. These observations do not include any comments on the facts or merits of the case, but address only those aspects of it which concern the Commissioner's particular interests in the matter.
Intigam ALIYEV v. Azerbaijan (Application No. 68762/14)
On 16 March 2015, the Commissioner submitted written observations to the European Court of Human Rights on the case of human rights defender and lawyer Intigam Aliyev, in which he underscores that the present case is an illustration of a serious and systemic human rights problem in Azerbaijan, where critical voices are often subject to reprisals and judicially harassed. [CommDH(2015)6]
Hilal MAMMADOV v. Azerbaijan (Application No. 81553/12)
On 19 February 2015, the Commissioner submitted written observations to the European Court of Human Rights on the case of Hilal Mammadov against Azerbaijan, in which he stresses the systematic deficiencies in the area of freedom of expression, including judicial harassment of critical voices, and a pattern of retaliatory measures against those who co-operate with international organisations to expose human rights violations in the country. [CommDH(2015)5]
The Centre for Legal Resources on behalf of Valentin Câmpeanu v. Romania (Application No. 47848/08)
On 18 October 2011, the Commissioner submitted written observations to the European Court of Human Rights on a case concerning the treatment of a person with disability in Romania. It is the first submitted on his own initiative since the entry into force of Protocol No. 14 to the Convention on 1 June 2010. [CommDH(2011)37]
M.S.S. v. Belgium and Greece (Application No. 30696/09)
On 3 May 2010, the Court invited the Commissioner to submit written observations concerning the case of M.S.S. v. Belgium and Greece relating to the transfer of an asylum seeker from Belgium to Greece under the Dublin Regulation. [CommDH(2010)22]
On 1 September 2010, the Commissioner intervened orally during the hearing before the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights in this case.
14 Applications concerning the Netherlands and Greece
On 9 November 2009, the Court invited the Commissioner to submit written observations concerning a group of 14 cases relating to the transfer of asylum seekers from the Netherlands to Greece under the Dublin Regulation.
Mamasakhlisi v. Georgia and Russia (Application No. 29999/04)
On 16 August 2007, the Commissioner replied to questions put forward by the Court relating to the situation of an applicant.