Sweden: Court set for judgement in ‘state surveillance of activists’ human rights complaint

Tomorrow, Strasbourg judges will deliver their judgement in a human rights complaint against Sweden which centres on state electronic surveillance of an activists’ group.

The European Court of Human Rights decision in the case Centrum för rättvisa v. Sweden (no. 35252/08) is scheduled for publication on Tuesday 19 June.

The applicant, Centrum för rättvisa, is a non-profit foundation which was set up in 2002 and represents clients in rights litigation, in particular against the State. It is based in Stockholm.

The applicant foundation believes that, because of the sensitive nature of its activities, there is a risk that its communications through mobile telephones and mobile broadband has been or will be intercepted and examined by way of signals intelligence. Signals intelligence can be defined as intercepting, processing, analysing and reporting intelligence from electronic signals.

In its application to the European Court of Human Rights, the foundation alleges that Swedish legislation and practice in the field of signals intelligence has violated and continues to violate its rights under Article 8 (right to respect for private and family life, the home and the correspondence) of the European Convention.

It has not brought any domestic proceedings, arguing under Article 13 (right to an effective remedy) that there is no effective remedy in Sweden for its Convention complaints.


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