Iceland: Editor’s liability for defamation after child sex abuse allegations breached human rights law

The applicant, Steingrímur Sævarr Ólafsson, was an editor of the web-based media site Pressan. He published articles insinuating that a political candidate had committed sexual abuse against children.

Russia: Court awards €45,000 to police electro-shock torture victim

The case concerned Arsan Mukayev’s allegation that he had been tortured by the police and that he had been convicted on the basis of statements he had made under duress.

Hungary: Court awards €20,000 to asylum seekers after human rights law breaches

The case of Ilias and Ahmed v. Hungary (application no. 47287/15) concerned the border-zone detention for 23 days of two Bangladeshi asylum-seekers as well as their removal from Hungary to Serbia.

New report highlights Europe’s falling prison population

Jail overcrowding remains a problem for 15 European governments, despite falling prison populations. The number of people held in European prisons decreased by 6.8% from 2014 to 2015, according to the latest Council of Europe Annual Penal Statistics (SPACE), published …

Conference: UN meeting to tackle causes of sexist hate speech

Later today, the Council of Europe will join representatives from Cyprus, Bulgaria, Belgium, Andorra and Liechtenstein for a United Nations ‘side-event’ on fighting sexist hate speech.