Germany: Court rules against Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) in intelligence service human rights dispute

Judges have backed Germany’s authorities after a human rights complaint from the  Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) political party.

The European court ruled today that the AfD failed to exhaust domestic remedies for its complaint against the German intelligence service.

In its decision in the case of Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) v. Germany (application no. 57939/18) the European Court of Human Rights has unanimously declared the application inadmissible.

The decision is final.

The case concerned public comments by the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution about its suspicion of endeavours hostile to the constitution by the applicant party.

The court found in particular that Alternative für Deutschland had failed to use domestic remedies and that there had been no special circumstances dispensing it from its obligation to pursue those remedies.


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