- December 13, 2012
In 2003, Khaled El-Masri was abducted by the CIA, flown to Afghanistan and tortured as part of the US special renditions program. On Thursday, after years of fighting for justice, the European Court of Human Rights finally awarded El-Masri compensation for his suffering. more...
- May 14, 2012
Germany is currently preparing an attempt to ban the far-right NPD party. But a German legal expert has warned that the bid may be blocked by the European Court of Human Rights, which has even higher hurdles to outlawing parties than Germany does. more...
- April 18, 2012
The British government has been pounding "meddling" from Europe in the wake of a scandal over the extradition of an Islamist radical that was delayed by a Strasbourg ruling. Now London is demanding radical reform of the European Court of Human Rights, a move opposed by Berlin. more...
- April 13, 2012
Should incest be banned? While Europe's highest authority on human rights on Thursday rejected a case claiming that Germany's law against incest violates the right to privacy, some media commentators in Germany believe sexual relations between siblings should be decriminalized. more...
- April 12, 2012
The German ban on incest is consistent with European human rights laws, the European Court of Human Rights decided on Thursday. The case involved a German man who had been convicted several times for having intimate relations with his sister, with whom he has four children. more...
- June 27, 2011
Diplomatic immunity was originally meant to protect embassy personnel from arbitrary harrassment. But a new case in Berlin, involving the alleged abuse of a Indonesian servant, makes it clear that human rights sometimes get lost in the shuffle. The case could go to Germany's highest court. more... [ Comment ]
- November 29, 2010
Switzerland's vote to automatically expel criminal foreigners drew condemnation from across Europe on Monday. Commentators said the decision would breach treaty obligations. Amnesty International called it 'black day for human rights' in the nation that voted to ban the construction of minarets last year. more...
- August 27, 2010
Should dangerous criminals be locked up indefinitely? The European Court of Human Rights thinks not, a ruling which sent Germany scrambling for a new regulation. The solution was announced this week, but commentators are unconvinced. more...
- June 14, 2010
Is it right for governments to place bans on burqas or the construction of minarets? In a SPIEGEL ONLINE interview, Thorbjørn Jagland, secretary general of the Council of Europe, pleads for a more pragmantic societal approach. He also defends the decision of the Nobel Committee, which he also chairs, to bestow Barack Obama with the Peace Prize. more...
- May 19, 2010
The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that German laws on preventive detention of dangerous criminals is a violation of their human rights. Now Germany will be forced to release almost 200 felons, including convicted rapists and multiple murderers. The first repeat offender has already been released. more...