Judges Back Italian Prisoner’s Vote Appeal

The applicant, Franco Scoppola, is an Italian national who was born in 1940 and lives in Parma (Italy). He was sentenced in 2002 by the Assize Court to life imprisonment for murder, attempted murder, ill-treatment of members of his family and unauthorised possession of a firearm. Under Italian law, his life sentence entailed a lifetime ban from public office, amounting to permanent forfeiture of his right to vote. The case concerned the forfeiture of the applicant’s right to vote as a result of having been banned from public office following his criminal conviction.

This Week At The ECHR

Complaints from a French prisoner, a Russian kidnap victim and from relatives of a man who disappeared after his arrest by Croatian police come before human rights judges this week.

World Conference On Constitutional Justice

Representatives of more than 90 Supreme and, Constitutional Courts and Councils have come together for the 2nd Congress of the World Conference on Constitutional Justice on ‘Separation of Powers and Independence of Constitutional Courts and Equivalent Bodies.’

ECHR judges to rule in ‘Dublin Regulation’ complaint

The case has attracted interest because of the state’s use of the Dublin Regulation, an EC rule under which European Union member States are required to determine, based on a hierarchy of objective criteria (Articles 5 to 14), which member State is responsible for examining an asylum application lodged on their territory.

Assembly Anti-Death Penalty Campaigner Welcomes Illinois Decision

“It will now be up to the new Governor Pat Quinn, a close ally of Barrack Obama, to sign this initiative into law,” said Renate Wohlwend, the assembly’s rapporteur on ‘The death penalty in Council of Europe member and observer states – an unacceptable violation of human rights.’