PIHL v SWEDEN

Application Number 74742/14 European Court of Human Rights An anonymous post was placed on a small blog stating that the applicant was part of a Nazi Party. The applicant informed the blog which removed the post and issued an apology. The applicant sued the blog for this post but his case was rejected by national […]

VAJNAI v. HUNGARY

Application No. 33629/06 European Court of Human Rights During a demonstration, the applicant wore the red star as a symbol of the international workers’ movement and was convicted of the offence of using a totalitarian symbol. The ECtHR found that despite the atrocities committed by the Communist Regime, the uneasiness the wearing of the star […]

FÁBER v HUNGARY

Application Number 40721/08 European Court of Human Rights The applicant complained that he was fined for displaying the striped Árpád flag (which has controversial historical connotations in Hungary) less than 100 metres away from a demonstration against racism and hatred. The Court found that the applicant, who had not behaved violently or abusively and had not […]

KUHNEN v. GERMANY

Application Number 12194/86 European Commission of Human Rights       The applicant had prepared and disseminated various publications in the framework of an organization allegedly attempting to reinstitute the National Socialist Party. He was sentenced to over three years in prison for preparing and disseminating material of an unconstitutional organization. The Commission relied on […]

SCHIMANEK v. AUSTRIA

Application Number 32307/96 European Court of Human Rights The applicant was sentenced to imprisonment of no less than eight years for carrying out activities contrary to the National Socialism Prohibition Act. The Court relied on Article 17, finding the application manifestly ill-founded. Link: https://hudoc.echr.coe.int/fre#{“fulltext”:[“Schimanek”],”itemid”:[“001-24075”]} Theme(s): Totalitarianism Date: 1 February 2000 Description of applicant(s): Citizen Brief […]

B.H., M.W., H.P. and G.K. v. AUSTRIA

B.H., M.W., H.P. and G.K. v. AUSTRIA Application Number 12774/87 European Commission of Human Rights The applicants belonged to the Neo-Nazi party ‘Aktion Neue Rechte.’ They were convicted under the National Prohibition Act and given conditional prison sentences. The EComHR explained that given the history of Austria and the convention, this was legitimate under Article […]