Intimate examination of teenager in police custody breached human rights code

The case concerned a gynaecological examination to which the applicant, a minor, was subjected while she was in police custody – in order to ensure, according to the authorities, that she had not been assaulted – and the failure to prosecute the doctors who had carried it out.

Did German Protestant church breach Catholic employee’s human rights?

Relying on Article 9 (right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion) and Article 14 (prohibition of discrimination), Astrid Siebenhaar complains that she was dismissed without notice by the Baden Protestant Church on the grounds of her active involvement in a religious community (the Universal Church/Brotherhood of Humanity) whose teachings were deemed to be incompatible with those of the Protestant Church.

Judges deny human rights complaint against Poland

Relying in particular on Article 3 (prohibition of inhuman or degrading treatment), Sambor alleged that his life had been endangered during the police intervention and that the force used against him had been excessive and had amounted to ill-treatment, especially as concerned the loss of his leg.

Court to rule on Portuguese child custody complaints

A decision is expected tomorrow in two child custody disputes involving the authorities in Portugal.

Court decision expected in Austrian procreation treatment dispute

The Grand Chamber hearing in the case of S.H. and others v. Austria (no. 57813/00) follows a complaint by two married couples who live in Austria. Suffering from infertility, they wish to use medically-assisted procreation techniques which are not allowed under Austrian law.