Statement by the Spokesperson of the EU External Action Service on the reported abduction and illegal detention of Azerbaijani nationals residing in Georgia

June 6th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

The alleged abduction and illegal arbitrary detention of Azerbaijani nationals, including human rights defenders, residing in Georgia followed by their arrest and prosecution in Azerbaijan, demands swift, thorough and transparent investigation…continue reading the article here.

ECHR new system for single judge decisions with more detailed reasoning

June 6th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

ECHR has launched a new system for single judge decisions with more detailed reasoning for inadmissible cases.
As from June 2017 instead of a decision-letter, applicants will receive a decision of the Court sitting in single judge formation in one of the Court’s official languages and signed by a single judge, accompanied by a letter in the relevant national language.
This decision will refer to specific grounds of inadmissibility.

Find more information here.

Human Rights Commissioner comments on the situation in Turkey

June 1st, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

Third party intervention of the Commissioner before the Court of Human Rights – On 25 April 2017, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muiznieks, published his written observations concerning 34 cases related to events which have occurred since August 2015 in the context of counter-terrorism operations and curfews in South-Eastern Turkey. In his conclusions, the Commissioner notes: ‘there are clear indications that human rights defenders working on the human rights situation in South-Eastern Turkey during the curfews and counter-terrorism operations and assisting alleged victims in seeking justice have been subjected to various forms of reprisals and intimidation in retaliation for their legitimate activities’.

Council of Europe – Moldova Action Plan 2017-2020

May 31st, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

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The Council of Europe (CoE) launched its Action Plan for the Republic of Moldova 2017-2020 during an official visit of the CoE Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland in the country.

The Action Plan outlines a programme that aims ‘to bring Moldovan legislation, institutions and practice further in to line with European Standards and the areas of human rights, the rule of law and democracy.’ The action plan provides for continuous cooperation between the Council of Europe  and Moldovan authorities to ensure the effective implementation of the existing legislative frameworks and to enhance the capacities of national institutions.

The proposed Justice actions will address, amongst others, capacity building activities in close cooperation with the National Institute of Justice and the Moldovan Bar Association. The capacity building activities target judges, prosecutors and lawyers. The objective is to enhance their knowledge and skills concerning the national implementation of the European Convention of Human Rights.

Find more information about the visit here.

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ECHR Factsheet on the Right to a Fair Trial and Legal Counsel

May 23rd, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

Jointly with the Grand Chamber judgement on the case Simeonovi v. Bulgaria, the European Court of Human Rights Press Unit published on 12 May 2017 a factsheet with an overview of cases related to police arrest and assistance of a lawyer, based on judgements on art. 6 § 3 (c) – right to legal assistance and art. 6 § 1 – right to a fair trial. You can find the factsheet here.

ICJ Principles on the Role of Judges and Lawyers in relation to Refugees and Migrants

May 10th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) has developed and published a document that aims to better secure human rights and the rule of law in the context of large movements of refugees and migrants. The Principles on the Role of Judges and Lawyers in relation to Refugees and Migrants has been prepared in consultation with senior judges, lawyers and legal scholars and it is intended to help judges and lawyers, as well as legislators and other government officials. Read more about the document here. 

Violations of lawyers’ rights in Georgia

May 2nd, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

On 26 April the CCBE addressed a letter to several authorities in Georgia regarding cases of violations of lawyer’s rights. The letter is based on reports from the Georgian Bar Association detailing circumstances in which lawyers were abused while discharging their functions and harassed or intimidated while defending their clients. The CCBE shared the concerns of the Georgian Bar Association and stands by their call to the Georgian Parliament to tackle the ongoing attacks against lawyers. Read the full letter here.

Protection of Threatened Lawyers

May 2nd, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

On 30 March, the CCBE and ProtectDefenders.eu organised a joint workshop entitled “How to improve the protection of threatened lawyers worldwide? Practical tools from the EU Human Rights Defenders mechanism”. At the workshop, the new online platform “Index of attacks and threats against Human Rights Defenders” created by the European Union Human Rights Defenders Mechanism, was launched.

ProtectDefenders.eu is the European Union Human Rights Defenders mechanism, established to protect defenders at high risk and facing the most difficult situations worldwide. It is led by a Consortium of 12 NGOs active in the field of Human Rights.

CCJE opinion on draft act on the Polish National Council of the Judiciary

April 20th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

The Consultative Council of European Judges (CCEJ) has made public their requested opinion on the Draft Act amending the Act of 12 May 2011 on the Polish National Council of the Judiciary and certain other acts. The CCEJ state that they are deeply concerned by the implications of the Draft Act for the constitutional principle of separation of powers as well as that of the independence of the judiciary. The CCEJ considers that the Draft Act would be a major step backward from real judicial independence in Poland. Read the full opinion here.

Albania: Statement by High Representative Federica Mogherini and Commissioner Johannes Hahn

April 18th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

“We expect that Members of the Parliament will show responsibility, capacity to act within the democratic legitimate institutional framework, and that they stand by the people of Albania, who continue to demand that the vetting is launched and the judiciary eventually reformed, also as a crucial step for the country to join the European Union.”

Read here the full statement of 12/04/2017.