Hammarberg urges Hungary to ensure freedom of expression and media pluralism

Commissioner Hammarberg emphasised that the Council of Europe is well placed to advise the Hungarian authorities on how to ensure that domestic media law is fully compliant with binding standards contained in the European Convention on Human Rights and the case-law of the Strasbourg Court.

Judges award €30,000 to Turkish acid attack victim

The case concerned an attack on Asye Ebcin in the street in the course of which acid was thrown in her face, and the question of the authorities’ obligation to protect people and diligence in the proceedings following the attack.

Intimate examination of teenager in police custody breached human rights code

The case concerned a gynaecological examination to which the applicant, a minor, was subjected while she was in police custody – in order to ensure, according to the authorities, that she had not been assaulted – and the failure to prosecute the doctors who had carried it out.

Did German Protestant church breach Catholic employee’s human rights?

Relying on Article 9 (right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion) and Article 14 (prohibition of discrimination), Astrid Siebenhaar complains that she was dismissed without notice by the Baden Protestant Church on the grounds of her active involvement in a religious community (the Universal Church/Brotherhood of Humanity) whose teachings were deemed to be incompatible with those of the Protestant Church.

Judges deny human rights complaint against Poland

Relying in particular on Article 3 (prohibition of inhuman or degrading treatment), Sambor alleged that his life had been endangered during the police intervention and that the force used against him had been excessive and had amounted to ill-treatment, especially as concerned the loss of his leg.