Slowly but surely

From Tuesday’s press release by the ECHR:

In today’s Chamber judgment in the case of Navalnyy v. Russia… the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been:

a violation of Article 5 (right to liberty and security),

a violation of Article 10 (freedom of expression),

and a violation of Article 18 (limitation of use of restriction on rights) of the European Convention
on Human Rights.

The case concerned Mr Navalnyy being held under house arrest during a criminal investigation against him [in 2014] and the restrictive measures imposed on him during that time.

The Court found that the house-arrest order had not been justified, particularly in view of the fact that there had been no risk of Mr Navalnyy absconding and trying to avoid the investigation.

The restrictions on him, including tight limits on his communicating, had been out of proportion to the criminal charges he had faced. It was also apparent that he had been treated in that way in order to curtail his public activities.

The full judgment (appealable to the Grand Chamber) and details of the case can be found here. “Unanimously” means the Russian judge voted in favor of Navalny, too.

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