The first same-sex marriage in Montenegro

The first same-sex marriage in Montenegro was registered on 25.07.2021 in the coastal resort of Budva, a year after Montenegro became the first non-EU country in the Balkans to legalize…

Commercial brands that have a socio-political message cannot be treated exclusively in a commercial context

In the case Gachechiladze v. Georgia (application no. 2591/19, 22.07.2021) the European Court of Human Rights found a violation of the Article 10 (freedom of expression).  The case concerns administrative-offence…

Violation of the Convention by de facto deprivation of the possibility of reviewing the sentence of life imprisonment

In the case Sandor Varga and Others v. Hungary (applications nos. 39734/15, 35530/16, and 26804/18) the European Court of Human Rights found a violation of Article 3 (prohibition of inhuman…

Violation of the right to a fair trial for not allowing an applicant who does not dispute his guilt to examine a witness

In the case of Dodoja v. Croatia (application no. 53587/17, 24.06.2021) the European Court of Human Rights held that there has been violation of Article 6 §§ 1 and 3…

Comment by the Council of Europe Commissioner on the situation of LGBT people in Europe

Dunja Mijatović, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights published a Human Rights Comment on political manipulation of homophobia and transphobia with examples from all over Europe. The Commissioner…

Police search without a sufficient number of witnesses in accordance with the Article 8 of the Convention

In the case Simovski v. North Macedonia (application no. 46176/14, 24.06.2021) the European Court of Human Rights declared the application inadmissible.  The case concerned a search of the applicant’s home,…

CPT Report on North Macedonia 2021

In the latest report on North Macedonia published by the Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) it was concluded…

A post-mortem examination of a child against the will of the parents is not in accordance with the Convention

In the case of Polat v. Austria (application no. 12886/16, 20.07.2021) the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been a violation of Article 8 (right to…

Hate in the Western Balkan region

The “Block the hatred. Share the love!” regional campaign aimed to address the phenomenon of hate speech, thus raise awareness among the general public about the imminent danger of hate…

Failure to formally recognize same-sex unions led to violations of the Convention

In the case of Fedotova and Others v. Russia (applications nos. 40792/10, 30538/14 and 43439/14) the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been a violation of…