Switzerland: Court backs anti-racism NGO in minarets referendum free expression complaint

The case concerned a complaint by a non-governmental organisation that its right to freedom of expression had been infringed because the domestic courts had found that it had defamed a politician by classifying his remarks at a speech during a campaign ahead of a 2009 referendum on banning minarets in Switzerland as “verbal racism.”

Spain: Covert video surveillance of supermarket workers led to privacy violation

The applicants were dismissed mainly on the basis of the video material, which they alleged had been obtained by breaching their right to privacy.

Romania: Court set for judgement over dismissal of civil servant blamed for “outing” Orthodox Church patriarch

The case concerns the dismissal of Gabriel Catalan from the civil service for publishing certain information in the press.

Report: Spain’s compliance with anti-corruption standards “remains globally unsatisfactory”

The Council of Europe’s anti-corruption body GRECO today published a report assessing Spain’s compliance with its recommendations to combat corruption in respect of members of parliament, judges and prosecutors.

Court backs France over terrorist’s 1995 Paris attack conviction

Human rights judges have backed French authorities legal treatment of terrorist Rachid Ramda, convicted of involvement in attacks in Paris in 1995.