NORWOOD v UK

Application Number 23131/03 European Court of Human Rights A regional organizer for the British National Party displayed a poster in his window with the words “Islam out of Britain- Protect the British People” and a symbol of a crescent and star in a prohibition sign. He was charged in the UK. The ECtHR applied Article […]

I.A. v. TURKEY

Application Number 42571/98 European Court of Human Rights The applicant, owner of a publishing house which published “The Forbidden Phrases” was charged with blasphemy. The ECtHR found no violation of Article 10, since the depiction of the Prophet Mohammed could be abusive to some believers. Link: https://hudoc.echr.coe.int/eng#{%22itemid%22:[%22001-70113%22]} Theme(s): Religious Hatred/Blasphemy Date: 13 December 2006 Description […]

ERBAKAN v TURKEY

Application Number 59405/00 European Court of Human Rights [Judgment delivered in French] In this case, a politician was charged for a pre-election speech he had made four years before the charge on the grounds that his comments made distinctions between religions, races and regions. The Court pointed out that imprisoning a politician would have a […]

IBRAGIM IBRAGIMOV AND OTHERS v RUSSIA

Applications Numbers 1413/08 and 28621/11 European Court of Human Rights The case involved the decision of the Contracting Party to declare Said Nrusi’s book extremist literature which resulted in a ban on its publication and distribution and the consequent seizure of the undistributed copies (see paragraph 42 above). The Court found that, since these books depicted a moderate, non-violent, understanding […]

SOULAS AND OTHERS v FRANCE

Application Number 15948/03 European Court of Human Rights [Judgment delivered in French] The three applicants were involved in the publication of a book entitled “The Colonization of Europe” with the subtitle “True Speech on Immigration and Islam.” The director and publisher of a publishing company and the author were fined for provoking hatred and violence. […]

LE PEN v FRANCE

Application Number 18788/09 European Court of Human Rights [Judgment delivered in French]  This case involved an application brought by the president of the French National Front for the alleged breach of his Article 10 rights due to his conviction for inciting hatred against Muslims during an interview with Le Monde newspaper. He stated, inter alia, […]

GINIEWSKI v FRANCE

 Application Number 64016/00 European Court of Human Rights The applicant wrote an article in a newspaper regarding the role of the doctrine of the ‘fulfillment’ of the Old Covenant in the New led to anti-Semitism and prepared the ground for Auschwitz to take place. The ECtHR found that the applicant was discussing possible reasons for […]

SIMUNIC v CROATIA

Application Number 20373/17 European Court of Human Rights   The applicant, a footballer, chanted the official greeting of the Ustashe movement and totalitarian regime of the Independent State of Croatia during a football match. The ECtHR found the application manifestly ill-founded. Link: https://hudoc.echr.coe.int/eng#{%22itemid%22:[%22001-189769%22]} Theme(s): Ethnic and Religious Hatred Date: 22 January 2019 Description of applicant(s): Football […]

BELKACEM v BELGIUM

Application Number 34367/14 European Court of Human Rights [Judgment delivered in French] The applicant was the leader and spokesperson of the organization “Sharia4Belgium,” which was dissolved in 2012, for incitement to discrimination, hatred and violence for remarks he made in YouTube videos concerning non-Muslim groups and Sharia. The ECtHR found that his statements promoted hatred […]

FERET v BELGIUM

Application Number: 15615/07 European Court of Human Rights [Judgment delivered in French] The Chairman of Belgium’s National Front, claimed a violation of his rights under Article 10 in relation to his conviction of incitement to racism. This case dealt with anti-immigrant statements and recommendations made by Féret in leaflets distributed during an electoral campaign. Statements […]