European court throws out ‘Sharia4Belgium’ leader’s human rights challenge

The case concerned the conviction of Fouad Belkacem, the leader and spokesperson of the organisation ‘Sharia4Belgium,’ which was dissolved in 2012, for incitement to discrimination, hatred and violence on account of remarks he made in YouTube videos concerning non-Muslim groups and Sharia.

Turkey: Court backs MP over intelligence service human rights complaint

The case concerned a domestic court decision that allowed for the interception, monitoring and examination of electronic communications of everyone in Turkey for about a month and a half in 2005.

Poland: Thorbjørn Jagland raises concerns over draft law on Supreme Court

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland has sent a letter to the Speaker of the Sejm, Marek Kuchciński, concerning the new parliamentary draft law on the Polish Supreme Court.

Belgium: Court rules sex offender’s 13-year detention breached human rights law

The 13-year detention of a sex offender with mental health problems breached the convention on account of the failure to provide appropriate care.

Belgium: Anti-torture unit issues prisoner warning over lack of minimum service levels during industrial action

A failure to provide minimum service levels during industrial action by Belgium’s prison staff, may lead to a large number of inmates suffering inhuman or degrading treatment, according to the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT).