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Ukraine reinforces safeguards against domestic and gender-based violence

5 August 2022

On 20 June, the Parliament of Ukraine approved the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (the Istanbul Convention). The respective law was signed by the President and entered into force on 2 July. On 18 July, Ukraine deposited the...

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State Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina aligns procedures with ECHR judgment concerning equality of arms

27 July 2022

In September 2021, one month after the European Court’s judgment in Bimal d.d. concerning a breach of the principle of equality of arms in administrative judicial-review proceedings, the State Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina introduced a mandatory requirement that each party to such proceedings...

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Greece: Legislative measures to tackle excessive formalism by criminal courts

18 July 2022 Strasbourg

The Committee of Ministers ended its supervision of the execution of the ECHR judgment in Kallergis, which was pending since 2009. The case concerned a violation of the applicant’s right of access to a court due to the excessively formalistic interpretation by the Court of Cassation of...

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Greece: New law regulates separated parents’ access to children in line with ECHR judgment

12 July 2022

The Committee of Ministers ended its supervision of the execution of the ECHR judgment in Fourkiotis concerning the inadequacy of measures taken by the competent authorities to secure the enforcement of a court decision ordering interim measures on the applicant father’s rights of access to his...

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Montenegro: Authorities and civil sector pursue joint training on preventing police ill-treatment and effective investigations

28 June 2022

In response to the European Court’s judgments in the Siništaj and Others group (regarding police ill-treatment and lack of effective investigations), the Montenegrin authorities have organised, in cooperation with the NGO "Civic Alliance", a training programme for police officers, judges and...

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Greece: Measures adopted to enhance hate crime investigations

14 June 2022 Strasbourg

The Committee of Ministers ended its supervision of execution of the ECHR judgment in Sakir concerning mainly ineffective criminal investigations into the racially motivated assault suffered by the migrant applicant in 2009. Following the Court’s judgment, the authorities implemented a wide range...

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Lithuania: Parliament adopts constitutional amendment to implement ECHR judgment

21 April 2022 Vilnius

On 21 April, the Lithuanian Parliament (Seimas) adopted in the second vote the constitutional amendment aimed at implementing the ECHR judgment in the case concerning the former president Rolandas Paksas. The Court has found a violation of the applicant’s right to free elections due to the...

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France reinforces the guarantees around the FNAEG (National Computerised DNA Database)

8 April 2022

Incorporating the changes required by the Aycaguer judgment of the European Court, a decree promulgated on 29 October 2021 modulates the periods of data retention in the FNAEG according to the seriousness of the offence, on which they were recorded, and the status as adult or minor of the person...

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Ukraine: Supreme Court’s case-law evolves to ensure fair trials and applicants’ restitutio in integrum

25 February 2022

On 16 February, the Committee of Ministers ended the supervision of the execution of the ECHR judgments in the Bochan (No. 2) v. Ukraine group of cases. The cases concerned violations of the right to a fair trial during review proceedings before the Supreme Court following judgments of the...

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J.D. and A v. the United Kingdom

United Kingdom: New legislation enhances protection of victims of domestic violence.

03/02/2022

In February 2022, the Committee of Ministers ended the supervision of the execution of the ECHR judgment in J.D. and A v. the United Kingdom. The case concerns the discriminatory reduction in housing benefit enjoyed by the second applicant, a woman at risk of domestic violence who benefited from...

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