HAGUENAUER v FRANCE

Application Number 34050/05 European Court of Human Rights The applicant was, at the material time, deputy mayor of Lyon. In 2002, a ceremony took place on the occasion of an honorary event for the President of Jean Moulin Lyon III university. This event gave rise to a demonstration of people contesting the honor because of […]

PERİNÇEK v SWITZERLAND

Application Number 27510/08 European Court of Human Rights The case concerned the criminal conviction of the applicant after he publically challenged the occurrence of the Armenian genocide. The applicant had described the genocide as an ‘international lie’ at various conferences in Switzerland. The ECtHR found that he had not committed an abuse of his rights […]

WITZSCH v GERMANY

Application Number 7485/03 European Commission of Human Rights The applicant sent a letter to a professor following an article the latter published regarding the culpability of the Nazi Party and the intention of Hitler to murder the Jews. The applicant wrote a letter to him saying that these statements were false and was subsequently convicted […]

WILLIAMSON v GERMANY

Application Number 64496/17 European Court of Human Rights A Bishop gave an interview to a Swedish television programme where he alleged that six million Jews were not gassed and that there were no gas chambers. Der Spiegel published an article in which the applicant’s statements about the existence of the gas chambers during the Nazi […]

REMER v GERMANY

Application Number 25096/94 European Commission of Human Rights The applicant wrote several publications in which he argued that the gas chambers during the Nazi regime did not exist and that groups such as asylum seekers constituted a source of problems for Germany. The EComHR found that his application was manifestly ill-founded on the grounds of […]

PASTÖRS v GERMANY

Application Number 55225/14 European Court of Human Rights The applicant, a politician of the National Democratic Party of Germany, made statements on the day after Holocaust Remembrance Day, denying the Holocaust. He was convicted for denying the systematic, racially motivated, mass extermination of the Jews carried out at Auschwitz during the Third Reich. The ECtHR […]

M’BALA M’BALA v. FRANCE

Application Number 25239/13 European Court of Human Rights [Judgment delivered in French] A comedian put on a show in which he awarded a well-known revisionist academic. The show, described below, was deemed by the Court to be highly anti-Semitic. The Court relied on Article 17 finding the case incompatible ratione materiae with the Convention. Link: […]

MARAIS v. FRANCE

Application Number 31159/96 European Commission of Human Rights The applicant had written an article doubting the existence of gas chambers at Struthof-Natzweiler concentration camp. The EComHR found the application to be manifestly ill-founded. Link: https://hudoc.echr.coe.int/eng#{%22itemid%22:[%22001-88275%22]} Theme(s): Genocide Denial (Holocaust) Date:  24 June 1996 Description of applicant(s): Citizen Brief description of facts: The applicant wrote a […]

LEHIDEUX AND ISORNI V FRANCE

Application Number 24662/94 European Court of Human Rights The case concerned a publication in Le Monde regarding the defence of the memory of Marshal Pétain. The president of the Association for the Defence of the Memory of Marshal Pétain and the lawyer representing him were charged for publicly defending the crimes of collaboration with the enemy. The […]

GARAUDY V FRANCE

Application Number 64496/17 European Court of Human Rights [Judgment delivered in French] The applicant was found guilty of disputing the existence of the Holocaust in his book ‘The Founding Myths of Modern Israel.’ He received suspended sentences of imprisonment, the longest being for six months and fines in excess of 25,900 Euros and compensation of […]