Croatia: European court urges authorities to “regulate more clearly” home births legislation

The applicant Ivana Pojatina, alleged in particular that, although Croatian law allowed home births, women such as her could not make this choice in practice because they were not able to get professional help.

Spain: European Court ruling in Catalonia referendum human rights dispute

The case concerned the applicant’s involvement in organising a referendum, scheduled for 1 October 2017, on the independence of Catalonia.

Bosnia and Herzegovina: National minorities in do not enjoy effective access to their rights, says expert report

The Council of Europe’s Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities concludes in its ‘opinion’ that in a country deeply divided among the three constituent peoples (Bosniaks, Croats and Serbs), national minorities are institutionally discriminated against and unable to fully participate in political processes.

Russia: ‘Father’s rights’ complaint leads to €15,000 court award

A dad, denied contact with his daughter for more than six years, has won the backing of Strasbourg judges in his human rights dispute with Russia.

Court backs Germany over Islamic State activist’s Tunisia deportation

The case concerned the Haykel Ben Khemais Saidani’s deportation from Germany to Tunisia, because he was deemed to be a potential offender who posed a threat to national security (so-called “Gefährder”), based on his activities for “Islamic State”.