Court advice on EU accession to human rights convention

The text of the President of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) Jean-Paul Costa and the President of the European Court of Justice (CJEU) Vassilios Skouris offers counsel on a key and complex issue in the accession negotiations: the prior involvement of the Court of Justice where an application to the ECHR alleges that a provision of EU law is incompatible with the Convention.

Threats to Middle East Christians

Low birth rate and emigration – fuelled in some places by discrimination and persecution, threaten the existence of Christian communities in the Middle East, the Parliamentary Assembly warned today.

History week: Commemoration of the 66th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz

It will be attended by many personalities, politicians and academics from countries with diverse religions and cultural traditions, who will appeal for a rejection of all forms of racism, anti-Semitism, xenophobia and exclusion.

Data Protection Day

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland said: “Confronted with the challenges raised by the rapid development of information technology, privacy rights matter more than ever,” emphasising ”the need for a truly international framework that is human rights based, flexible, transparent and inclusive.”

Homosexual Rights

As France awaits a decision from its ‘Conseil constitutionnel’ on homosexual marriage, this ECHR factsheet makes for interesting reading.