EHRAC Bulletin

EHRAC Spring 2019 Bulletin

We have had a busy and exciting start to 2019 which we are delighted to be able to share with you in our new online Bulletin and Blog, launched today.

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Case Summary

Dzhioyeva & others; Kudukhova & Kudukhova; and Naniyeva & Bagayev v Georgia

29.1.19: The Court issued an admissibility decision in three cases against Georgia from Tskhinvali region concerning the Russia-Georgia conflict in August 2008.

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Khadija Ismayilova v Azerbaijan

10.1.19: Award-winning Azerbaijani journalist Khadija Ismayilova received threats, and was secretly filmed and recorded, with the authorities failing to take action.


The severe toll of abusive drug laws in Georgia

19.12.18: In August 2018, Human Rights Watch (HRW) published a report on Georgia’s zero-tolerance approach to drug consumption or possession, which has resulted in harsh punishments, with prison sentences for drug-related offences often significantly exceeding those for serious crimes.


Standing up in the face of discrimination and hate crime

19.12.18: Olena Shevchenko (Insight, Ukraine) explains the difficulties she has faced in the last year as one of the most high-profile activists on issues of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression in Ukraine, particularly following the International Women’s Day march in Kyiv on 8 March.


In whose interest? How corrupt and repressive regimes seek influence and legitimacy

19.12.18: Transparency International UK’s Steve Goodrich explores how corrupt and repressive regimes in Russia, Azerbaijan and Bahrain seek influence and legitimacy amongst UK politicians. This calls into question the legitimacy of decisions made by parliamentarians.


The practice of female genital mutilation in Dagestan

19.12.18: As a study by the Stichting Justice Initiative (SJI) has found, the practice of female genital mutilation is rife in Dagestan. Vanessa Kogan looks at the attitudes of men in areas where FGM is practised, and challenges the assumption that everyone in the local community supports FGM.

EHRAC Bulletin

EHRAC Bulletin Winter 2018

19.12.18: This is the 30th edition of the EHRAC Legal Bulletin, marking 15 years since its first publication. Throughout this time, we have aimed to provide timely, in-depth and engaging analysis of the latest legal developments in the former Soviet space, and from the European Court of Human Rights and Council of Europe. As a renewed commitment to this ambition, we are refreshing the Bulletin with a new online format.

Case Summary

Haziyev v Azerbaijan

6.12.18: 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.

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Denisov v Ukraine

25.9.18: 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.

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Aliyev v Azerbaijan

20.9.18: Prominent human rights defender Intigam Aliyev was arrested on spurious charges in 2014, detained and convicted, as punishment for his work.

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Mushegh Saghatelyan v Armenia

20.9.18: Mushegh Saghatelyan, an opposition politician, was unlawfully arrested and detained following the 2008 protests which were violently dispersed on 1 March.

Training resource

Friendly settlements and unilateral declarations

1.8.18: A series of resources on the relative merits of these means of resolving cases before the European Court, and some of the problems which can arise for applicants whose cases have been settled in such a way.