ILGA-Europe media releases and news on cases

Find ILGA-Europe's media releases and news on cases from the European Court of Human Rights.

20/01/2014

Important information about changes to procedure for applying to the European Court of Human Rights

There have been two important developments which anyone involved with taking cases under the European Convention should know about.

19/02/2013

European Court of Human Rights: ban on same-sex second-parent adoption is discriminatory

Today the European Court of Human Rights delivered its judgment in the case of X and Others v. Austria (application 19010/07) and ruled that Austria’s Civil Code discriminates against a partner in a same-sex relationship by making it legally impossible to adopt the biological child of the other partner while permitting second parent adoptions for unmarried heterosexual couples.

15/01/2013

ICJ, ILGA-Europe and FIDH welcome European Court judgment against sexual orientation discrimination

In its judgment in Eweida and Others v. United Kingdom, issued on 15 January, the European Court of Human Rights affirmed that the right to act in accordance with one’s religion may be limited in order to protect others from discrimination based on sexual orientation. The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), the European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA-Europe) and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) welcome this decision and especially the Court’s recognition that preventing sexual orientation discrimination is an important and legitimate purpose that justifies restrictions on freedom of religion.

14/11/2012

European Court of Human Rights issues judgment in case from Finland

The European Court of Human Rights issued yesterday a judgment in H v Finland (Appl. no. 37359/09). The case concerned a trans woman who was refused to legally change her gender since she did not want to divorce her wife and enter a registered partnership instead.

30/10/2012

Important case at the European Court of Human Rights emphasises obligation of the state to investigate homophobic motivation in maltreatment of prisoner

In the recent case of X v. Turkey, the European Court of Human Right has found violations of Article 3 (prohibition of torture and inhuman or degrading treatment) of the European Convention on Human Rights and Article 14 (prohibition of discrimination) taken together with Article 3.

09/02/2012

Important judgment in hate speech case by the European Court of Human Rights

The European Court of Human Rights says that criminal conviction for distributing leaflets offensive to homosexuals was not contrary to freedom of expression

21/10/2010

European Court of Human Rights: Russia violates the European Convention on Human Rights by banning Moscow Prides

Today, the European Court of Human Rights delivered its decision in a case of Nikolai Alexeyev v. Russia and said that Russia has breached the European Convention on Human Rights by banning 2006, 2007 and 2008 Moscow Prides.

22/07/2010

Same-sex partnerships constitute ‘family life’, says the European Court of Human Rights once again

Today the European Court of Human Rights delivered its judgement in a case of P.B. and J.S. v. Austria. The Court said Austria violated the European Convention on Human Rights by excluding same-sex partners from insurance cover and once again affirmed same-sex partnership constitute ‘family life’ under the Convention.

24/06/2010

European Court of Human Rights: “a cohabiting same-sex couple living in a stable de facto partnership, falls within the notion of “family life”, just as the relationship of a different-sex couple in the same situation would.”

Today the European Court of Human Rights delivered its judgement in the case of Schalk and Kopf v. Austria and ruled that Austria did not breach Article 12 (right to marry) by not allowing a same-sex couple to marry.

03/03/2010

European Court of Human Rights: Constitutional definition of marriage as a union of a man and a woman cannot justify discrimination against same-sex partners

On 2 March 2010, the European Court of Human Rights unanimously ruled that Poland discriminated against a gay man on the grounds of his homosexual orientation by denying him a right to succeed a tenancy of a flat where he had lived with his deceased partner.

26/02/2010

First hearing by the European Court of Human Rights on same-sex marriage

Yesterday, on 25 February 2010, the European Court of Human Rights, has its first hearing on a case regarding same-sex marriage. The Court’s hearing was on the admissibility and merits in the case of Schalk and Kopf v. Austria(application no. 30141/04).

22/01/2008

European Court of Human Rights says lesbian, gay and bisexual individuals are eligible to adopt children

Today the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights delivered its judgement in a case of E.B. v France and said that exclusion of individuals from the application process for adoption of children simply because of their sexual orientation is discriminatory and is in breach of the European Convention of Human Rights.

03/05/2007

ILGA-Europe welcomes judgement of European Court of Human Rights in case of banned pride march

Today the European Court of Human Rights delivered its decision in the case of Bączkowski and Others v. Poland in which LGBT activists from Poland successfully challenged a ban on LGBT Pride march in Warsaw in 2005. The court unanimously decided that such ban was illegal and discriminatory.

03/05/2007

European Court of Human Rights: ban on LGBT pride in Warsaw was illegal and discriminatory

Today the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg delivered its judgement in a case of Baczkowski and Others v. Poland and declared ban on LGBT pride march in Warsaw in 2005 illegal and discriminatory.

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