European Court Verdict: Rendition Victim El-Masri Awarded 60,000 Euros

European Court Verdict: Rendition Victim El-Masri Awarded 60,000 Euros

SPIEGEL ONLINE - 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...

Protecting the NPD: European Court Could Thwart Bid to Ban Far-Right Party

Protecting the NPD: European Court Could Thwart Bid to Ban Far-Right Party

SPIEGEL ONLINE - 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...

Outrage in Britain: Cameron Pushes to Weaken Human Rights Court

Outrage in Britain: Cameron Pushes to Weaken Human Rights Court

SPIEGEL ONLINE - 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. By Carsten Volkery more...

The World from Berlin: 'Siblings Tied by Incest Don't Belong in the Courts'

The World from Berlin: 'Siblings Tied by Incest Don't Belong in the Courts'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - 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...

Human Rights Ruling: German Incest Ban Upheld by European Court

Human Rights Ruling: German Incest Ban Upheld by European Court

SPIEGEL ONLINE - 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...

License to Exploit: Servant Abuse Case Could Challenge Diplomatic Immunity

License to Exploit: Servant Abuse Case Could Challenge Diplomatic Immunity

SPIEGEL ONLINE - 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. By Andreas Wassermann more... Comment ]

Condemnation of Referendum: Swiss Vote to Expel Foreign Criminals is 'Slap in the Face for EU'

Condemnation of Referendum: Swiss Vote to Expel Foreign Criminals is 'Slap in the Face for EU'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - 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...

The World From Berlin: Germany Addresses Treatment of Dangerous Criminals

The World From Berlin: Germany Addresses Treatment of Dangerous Criminals

SPIEGEL ONLINE - 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...

Council of Europe Secretary General on Burqa Bans: 'Europe Has Suffered Under Fundamentalism'

Council of Europe Secretary General on Burqa Bans: 'Europe Has Suffered Under Fundamentalism'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - 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...

Defending Felons' Human Rights: European Court Ruling Forces Release of Rapists and Murderers

Defending Felons' Human Rights: European Court Ruling Forces Release of Rapists and Murderers

SPIEGEL ONLINE - 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. By Dietmar Hipp and Marcel Rosenbach more...