Dunja Mijatović takes up post of Commissioner for Human Rights

The Bosnia and Herzegovina national was elected last January by the Parliamentary Assembly and becomes the first woman to hold this post, succeeding Nils Muižnieks (2012-2018), Thomas Hammarberg (2006-2012) and Alvaro Gil-Robles (1999-2006).

United Kingdom: Court rejects application by parents of Alfie Evans

The applicants are the parents of Alfie Evans, born on 9 May 2016, who has been on ventilation in hospital after becoming seriously ill with a catastrophic and untreatable, progressive, neurodegenerative condition.

Qatar signs co-operation agreement with Council of Europe ahead of FIFA World Cup 2022

The €600,000 agreement – under the terms of the European Convention on Integrated Safety, Security and Service Approach at Football Matches and Other Sports events, aims to fulfill standards relative to safety, security and service. This would enable the country to accede to the convention and assist its preparations for hosting important events, such as the IAAF Athletics World Championships in 2019 in Doha and the FIFA World Cup in 2022.

Germany: Court backs Twelve Tribes Church child care order after human rights corporal punishment dispute

In 2012, the press reported that church members punished their children by caning. The reports were subsequently corroborated by video footage of caning filmed with a hidden camera in one of the communities.

Court rejects Irish request to find torture in 1978 judgment against United Kingdom

The Irish authorities wanted the court to find that men detained by the United Kingdom during Northern Ireland’s civil strife suffered torture, not just inhuman and degrading treatment.