Case Summary | 28 May 2019 | By Ben Lloyd
Between August 2005 and October 2006, the Internal Security Service carried out secret surveillance of the applicants based on authorisation decisions of the prosecutor or preliminary investigation judge. The criminal proceedings brought by the Estonian authorities related to suspicions of corruption involving exchanges of plots of land in conservation areas for plots in areas where development was permitted. The first instance court acquitted the applicants, holding that the surveillance evidence was inadmissible as it had been obtained unlawfully.
Case Summary | 25 Apr 2019 | By Roman Kiselyov
The applicant, Levon Ter-Petrosyan, is an Armenian national who was the President of Armenia between 1991 and 1998. He was the main opposition candidate in the 19 February 2008 Presidential election, standing against then Prime Minister Mr Sargsyan. Immediately after the preliminary results of the election were announced, the applicant called on his supporters to gather at Yerevan’s Freedom Square to protest against alleged electoral irregularities.
Case Summary | 9 Apr 2019 | By Emily Campbell
The applicant, Aleksey Navalnyy, is an anti-corruption campaigner and opposition political activist in Russia. In December 2012, he and his brother were accused of fraud and money laundering in relation to two companies. The applicant was later placed under house arrest.
Case Summary | 12 Mar 2019 | By Harriet Bland
The applicant, Stanislovas Drėlingas, is a Lithuanian national who served as a senior officer in the MGB and KGB Soviet security forces while Lithuania was part of the USSR. In 2014 (after Lithuania’s independence), the applicant was convicted of genocide for his role in the partisans’ arrest on the grounds that, as opponents to Soviet occupation of Lithuania, the partisans had been members of a distinct “national-ethnic-political group”.
Case Summary | 29 Jan 2019 | By Emily Campbell & Roman Kiselyov
The Court issued an admissibility decision in three cases against Georgia from Tskhinvali region concerning the Russia-Georgia conflict in August 2008.
Case Summary | 10 Jan 2019 | By Roman Kiselyov
Award-winning Azerbaijani journalist Khadija Ismayilova received threats, and was secretly filmed and recorded, with the authorities failing to take action.
Case Summary | 6 Dec 2018 | By Harriet Bland
Journalist Seymur Haziyev was punched in the face by a stranger, and after he hit the assailant in defence, he was detained and charged with hooliganism.
Case Summary | 25 Sep 2018 | By Emil Sahakyan
The European Court ruled that the dismissal of Anatoliy Denisov, a Kyiv judge and court president, was in breach of the European Convention on Human Rights.
Case Summary | 20 Sep 2018 | By Roman Kiselyov
Mushegh Saghatelyan, an opposition politician, was unlawfully arrested and detained following the 2008 protests which were violently dispersed on 1 March.
Case Summary | 20 Sep 2018 | By Olga Grygorovska
Prominent human rights defender Intigam Aliyev was arrested on spurious charges in 2014, detained and convicted, as punishment for his work.