Romania: Court rules against workplace electronic snooping

The case of Bărbulescu v. Romania (application no. 61496/08) concerned the decision of a private company to dismiss an employee after monitoring his electronic communications and accessing their contents, and the alleged failure of the domestic courts to protect his right to respect for his private life and correspondence.

France: ‘Councillor v. mayor’ defamation human rights row reaches court judgement

The case concerns the criminal conviction of a municipal councillor for public defamation against a mayor and his first deputy on account of remarks made by him at a meeting of the municipal council.

Belgium: Parents hope for judges’ backing as son’s prison death court judgement looms

The case concerns the death of Michael Tekin (born in 1978), in Jamioulx Prison in 2009. Relying on Articles 2 (right to life) and 3 (of inhuman or degrading treatment) of the European Convention on Human Rights, Michael Tekin’s parents complain about their son’s death; they consider that the force used was neither absolutely necessary nor proportionate.

Nils Muižnieks warns against Europe’s LGBTI backlash

A backlash against lesbians, gays, bi-sexual, transgender and intersex people is taking place across Europe, as their visibility increases, according to the Commissioner for Human Rights.

Germany: Court decision on terrorism suspect’s Russia return

A chamber of seven judges of the European Court of Human Rights, decided unanimously to lift the interim measure on 29 August, (under Rule 39 of its Rules of Court) applied in the case of X. v. Germany (application no. 54646/17), suspending the removal from Germany to Russia of a Russian national residing in Germany, who is considered by the German authorities to constitute a threat to national security.