Today’s Chamber judgment1 in the case of Bakirdzi and E.C. v. Hungary (application nos. 49636/14 and 65678/14) concerned the voting rights of the applicants, registered as national-minority voters for the 2014 parliamentary elections in Hungary.The European Court of Human Rights...
Taipei, Nov. 26.– A 90-year-old Roman Catholic cardinal and five others were yesterday fined by a Hong Kong court after being found guilty of failing to register a now-defunct fund that aimed to help people arrested in widespread protests three...
Strasbourg, Nov.5.– This year’s theme of the European Day is “Getting it right: ensuring child-friendly justice through Barnahus structures in Europe”. The European Day on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse was established by the Council of Europe in 2015.
On 16 November, a high-level event will be organised by the Council of Europe and the Council of the Baltic Sea States, under the Icelandic Presidency of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers (Palais de l’Europe, room 1). Welcoming remarks by Minister of Education and Children of Iceland on behalf of the Presidency Ásmundur Einar Daðason, Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić, and Director General of the Council of the Baltic Sea States Secretariat Grzegorz Posnanski (video message) as well as the keynote speech delivered by Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Violence against Children Najat Maalla M'jid (video message) will be open to media (from 2 to 2.30 pm).
At its plenary meeting on 15-17 November, the Steering Committee for the Rights of the Child will launch a child-friendly version of the Council of Europe Strategy for the Rights of the Child (2022-2027). Protecting children from violence, including sexual abuse, is one of the objectives of the Strategy. The Committee will also consider for approval the draft recommendation containing Guidelines on strengthening reporting systems on violence against children.
On 17 November, the Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) will launch a new short film on the topic of sexual abuse of children in sport “The Playing Field”. The film has been conceived and directed by award-winning French film-maker Roland Edzard; it is a follow-up to his successful 2013 film “The Lake”, which focused on sexual abuse within the circle of trust. The new film will be available sub-titled in several languages.
It finds the law undemocratic in violation of Articles 10 (freedom of expression) & 11 (freedom of assembly & association) of the European Convention on Human Rights.
The Russian Federation denounced and ceased to be a party to the European Convention on Human Rights on 16 September 2022. However, it is still bound to the ECHR ruling considering that the judgment on 14 June 2022 precedes Russia's withdrawal from the Convention.
Here are some pertinent segments of the case:
The applicants are 73 Russian non-Governmental organisations (NGOs) and, in some cases, their directors, in a total of 61 applications (the details are set out in the judgment). They are involved in the areas of civil-society issues, human rights, protection of the environment and cultural heritage, education, social security, and migration. They include some of the oldest and most established Russian organisations such as the Memorial Human Rights Centre, the Moscow Helsinki Group, LGBT organisation Coming Out, the Agora Association and the Committee against Torture.
In 2012 the new Foreign Agents Act came into force. Until that time the applicant organisations had been under the same legal regime as other NGOs; following that they had to register as “foreign agents” owing to their alleged “political activity” and receipt of “foreign funding”; they also, among other things, had to visibly label this status in their publications and had more strenuous audit requirements. The law contained both administrative and criminal sanctions for non-compliance.
All the applicant organisations challenged the decisions to register them as “foreign agents” before the prosecutorial service and before the courts, with no success. Many fines have been issued as a result of the law; some of the applicants have been forced into voluntary liquidation because of the fines; in other cases liquidation of the organisation was ordered by the authorities.
La Oficina del Alto Comisionado de las Naciones Unidas recibe anualmente alrededor de 400,000 denuncias de violaciones a los derechos humanos, de los que gran parte llegan a través del número de fax de emergencia que funciona las 24 horas del día: (41-22) 917-0092.
Cada año, se reciben por esta vía casi 200,000 comunicaciones informando sobre violaciones. Las denuncias de violaciones de derechos humanos también se pueden hacer a través de la página en Internet del Alto Comisionado de las Naciones Unidas para los Derechos Humanos. Además, DemocraciaParticipativa.net pone a disposición de todos esta sección para recoger y retrasmitir todo tipo de denuncias e informes.
Hay tres procedimientos básicos para plantear a los organos de derechos humanos las denuncias por las violaciones a las disposiciones de los tratados sobre derechos humanos:
The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights receives some 400,000 complaints on human rights violations every year. Many of them are received through the emergency Fax available every day for 24 hours: (41-22) 917-0092.
This fax number receives some 200,000 reports per year. Everyone may also send their complaints through the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. In addition, ParticipatoryDemocracy.net has this page available for publishing complaints and other reports on human rights.
There are three main procedures for bringing complaints of violations of the provisions of the human rights treaties before the human rights treaty bodies: