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J.M.B. and others v. France

France: overcrowding and poor conditions in prisons

30/08/2021

Five communications were submitted in the J.M.B. and others case to the Committee of Ministers on behalf of the Commission nationale consultative des droits de l’homme and the Contrôleur général des lieux de privation de liberté, the Observatoire international des prisons, the Syndicat de la...

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L.B. and W.D. v. Belgium

Belgium: Internment in psychiatric wings of prisons

20/08/2021

The Centre interfédéral pour l’égalité des chances (UNIA) submitted a communication to the Committee of Ministers in the group of cases L.B. and pilot judgment W.D. UNIA suggests, among other things, to further develop the regular path of mental health care for internees as well as to improve the...

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N.H. and others v. France

France: Material reception conditions of asylum seekers

24/06/2021

The NGO CFDA (Coordination française pour le droit d’asile) submitted a communication to the Committee of Ministers in the case of N.H. and others. It reported continuing difficulties in practice, on the ground, in the material conditions of reception of asylum seekers, despite the French...

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Moustahi v. France

Detention and expulsion of very young unaccompanied foreign minors from Mayotte to the Comoros

03/06/2021

The Commission nationale consultative des droits de l’homme (CNCDH) and the Contrôleur général des lieux de privation de liberté (CGLPL) submitted a joint communication to the Committee of Ministers in the Moustahi case, reporting on the persistence in Mayotte (French department in the Indian...

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Zorica Jovanović v. Serbia

Missing babies in Serbia: European Court takes stock of progress

19/04/2021

On 15 April, the European Court decided to strike out two applications against Serbia concerning the disappearance of the applicants’ newborn children in State-run maternity wards in the 1980’s. Since 2013 when the judgment in Zorica Jovanović was adopted, this is the first time the Court has...

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C.G. and Others v. Bulgaria

Bulgaria: the Committee of Ministers welcomes important law reform on expulsion of aliens

15/03/2021

During its Human Rights meeting on 9-11 March, the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers examined the execution of the C.G. and Others group of cases against Bulgaria. These cases concern shortcomings in the system of judicial review of expulsion on national security grounds and detention...

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S.Z. and Kolevi c. Bulgaria

Bulgaria: Committee of Ministers examines measures to enhance criminal investigations

12/03/2021

During its Human Rights meeting on 9-11 March, the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers examined the execution of the S.Z. and Kolevi group of cases against Bulgaria. These cases concern mainly the systemic problem of ineffective investigations into killings and ill-treatment and the lack of...

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Ivanov / Burmych, Nevmerzhitsky / Sukachov, Zelenchuk and Tsytsyura v. Ukraine

Ukraine: Parliament adopts Recommendations concerning the execution of ECHR judgments

11/03/2021

On 17 February, following a hearing on “Problems of implementation by Ukraine of the ECHR judgments”, Parliament adopted two Recommendations concerning the execution by Ukraine of ECHR judgments and the reform of the system of execution of domestic judgments.1 The following three groups of ECHR...

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Siryk v. Ukraine

Ukraine: reforms to align defamation-related law and judicial practice with ECHR judgment

16/02/2021

In February 2021, the Committee of Ministers ended the supervision of the execution of the ECHR judgment in Siryk v. Ukraine. This case concerned a violation of the applicant's freedom of expression due to domestic courts’ decisions finding her liable for defamation following her reporting...

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Kryzevicius v. Lithuania

Lithuania: criminal procedural law changes to protect family life

15/02/2021

In February 2021, the Committee of Ministers ended the supervision of the execution of the ECHR judgment in Kryzevicius. The case concerned a violation of the applicant’s right to respect for his family life due to his punishment for refusing to testify in criminal proceedings in which his wife...

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