The applicant, Péro Vojnity, is a Hungarian national who was born in 1948 and lives in Szegedn (Hungary). The case concerns his complaint that he lost access rights to his son because he belongs to the religious denomination „Hit Gyülekezete“ (Congregation of the Faith).
Mr Vojnity’s son was placed with his ex-wife after their divorce, in June 2000. Subsequently, the Hungarian courts withdrew custody from the mother and, refusing to give it to Mr Vojnity because of his alleged proselytism, placed the boy with his older brother. Ultimately, in February 2008, the national courts removed Mr Vojnity’s access rights altogether, finding that he abused those rights by imposing his religious convictions on his son. Relying on Article 8 (right to respect for private and family life), Article 9 (freedom of religion) and Article 14 (prohibition of discrimination), Mr Vojnity complains in particular that the denial of his access rights was based on his religious beliefs and that he was treated differently to other people seeking access rights following divorce or separation.
Press release ECHR 041 (2013) 06/02/2013