ECHR: Denial of permission for prisoner to attend religious services outside prison during COVID-19 pandemic did not violate Convention

In today’s Chamber judgment in the case of Constantin-Lucian Spînu v. Romania (application no. 29443/20) the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been no violation of Article 9 (right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion) of the European Convention on Human Rights. The case concerned a refusal by the national authorities, on grounds of measures taken during the COVID-19 pandemic, to let a prisoner attend religious services outside Jilava Prison. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

EGMR: Janusz Wojciechowski v. Poland (no. 54511/11)

The applicant, Janusz Wojciechowski, is a Polish national who was born in 1950 and lives in Warsaw. The case concerns his complaint about inadequate conditions of detention. After a conviction Mr Wojciechowski was detained from June 2007 until January 2009, first in a semiopen facility and then in a closed-type facility, namely Koszalin Remand Centre. In 2007 and 2009 he lodged a number of complaints with various authorities – including the Ombudsman, the Ministry of Justice and the relevant penitentiary court – and brought civil proceedings in which he claimed compensation, alleging: deplorable conditions of detention (notably, on account of overcrowding) in Koszalin Remand Centre; inadequate medical care for a skin condition he had contracted in the remand centre through a dirty and damp mattress; and unreasonable restrictions on his attending Sunday Mass in the remand centre. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

EGMR: Forthcoming judgment on Tuesday 28 June 2016 – Janusz Wojciechowski v. Poland (no. 54511/11)

The applicant, Janusz Wojciechowski, is a Polish national who was born in 1950 and lives in Warsaw. The case concerns his complaint about inadequate conditions of detention. After a conviction Mr Wojciechowski was detained from June 2007 until January 2009, first in a semiopen facility and then in a closed-type facility, namely Koszalin Remand Centre. In 2007 and 2009 he lodged a number of complaints with various authorities – including the Ombudsman, the Ministry of Justice and the relevant penitentiary court – and brought civil proceedings in which he claimed compensation, alleging: deplorable conditions of detention (notably, on account of overcrowding) in Koszalin Remand Centre; inadequate medical care for a skin condition he had contracted in the remand centre through a dirty and damp mattress; and unreasonable restrictions on his attending Sunday Mass in the remand centre. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

EGMR: Süveges v. Hungary (application no. 50255/12)

The applicant, Péter Süveges, is a Hungarian national who was born in 1972. A multiple recidivist, Mr Süveges essentially complained about the criminal proceedings against him on, among other offences, aggravated murder, armed robbery and illegal possession of firearms and explosives, as well as his related pre-trial detention and house arrest. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

EGMR: Forthcoming judgment on Tuesday 5 January 2016 – Süveges v. Hungary (application no. 50255/12)

The applicant, Péter Süveges, is a Hungarian national who was born in 1972. A multiple recidivist, Mr Süveges essentially complains about the criminal proceedings against him on, among other offences, aggravated murder, armed robbery and illegal possession of firearms and explosives, as well as his related pre-trial detention and house arrest. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »