European Court of Human Rights
European Court of Human Rights

‘Fascist’ flag-waver wins human rights complaint against Hungary

Judges have ruled that Hungary was wrong to fine a man who waved a flag with Fascist connotations, less than 100 metres away from an anti-racism demonstration.

In today’s Chamber judgment in the case of Fáber v. Hungary (application no. 40721/08), which is not final, the European Court of Human Rights held, by a majority, that there had been:

a violation of Article 10 (freedom of expression) of the European Convention on Human Rights.

The case concerned Károly Fáber’s complaint that he was fined for displaying the controversial striped Árpád flag.

The Court found that the applicant, who had not behaved violently or abusively and had not posed a threat to public order, should not have been sanctioned for merely displaying the Árpád flag.

The court held that Hungary was to pay Faber 1,500 euros (EUR) in respect of nonpecuniary damage and EUR 1,500 for costs and expenses.

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