Cases and rulings

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Slovakia The Council for Broadcasting and Retransmission (Rada pre vysielanie a retransmisiu (RVR) 2017 Slovakia / The Council for Broadcasting and Retransmission Ethnic origin, Religion Muslims, Migrants The Council for Broadcasting and Retransmission (RVR) fined the broadcaster of Žilina-based Radio Frontinus for a talk show attended by Milan Mazurek, MP of the far-right People’s Party – Our Slovakia (ĽSNS). The talk show was broadcast on 2 October 2016. The RVR claimed it was not impartial as Mazurek was the only guest. Moreover, RVR also sanctioned the radio with a notice of law violation for Mazurek’s offensive statements against Roma and Muslim migrants. View more
Belgium European Court of Human Rights, ECHR 2017 ECtHR / Application no. 34367/14 / Belkacem v. Belgium Religion Other religious groups, Muslims The case concerned the conviction of Mr Belkacem, the leader and spokesperson of the organisation “Sharia4Belgium”, which was dissolved in 2012, for incitement to discrimination, hatred and violence on account of remarks he made in YouTube videos concerning non-Muslim groups and Sharia. View more
Belgium European Court of Human Rights, ECHR 2017 ECtHR / Application no. 4619/12 / Dakir v. Belgium Religion Muslims The case concerned a by-law adopted in June 2008 by three Belgian municipalities (Pepinster, Dison and Verviers) concerning a ban on the wearing in public places of clothing that conceals the face. View more
Belgium European Court of Human Rights, ECHR 2017 ECtHR / Application no. 37798/13 / Judgement / Belcacemi and Oussar v. Belgium Religion Muslims The case concerned the ban on the wearing in public of clothing that partly or totally covers the face. Ms Belcacemi and Ms Oussar present themselves as Muslims who have decided on their own initiative to wear the niqab on account of their religious convictions. On 26 July 2011, Ms Belcacemi and Ms Oussar brought actions for the suspension and annulment of the law before the Constitutional Court. Their cases were dismissed by that court. View more
United Kingdom Blackfriars Crown Court 2017 R v Pelham Case no. U20170377/T20170114 … Religion Muslims The defendant posted a number of hateful posts of Facebook including comments such as, ‘what this country needs is a bomb a mosque day’ and ‘we must burn mosques to the ground’. View more
Estonia Harju County Court (Harju Maakohus) 2017 Estonia / Court Ruling of the Harju County Court / 1-17-3604-/5 Nationality Third country nationals The Harju County Court convicted a man for attacking and beating a male Pakistani citizen at a sports club. The victim suffered external injuries on the face, neck, arms and legs, but ambulance was not required. The fight was witnessed by the victim’s partner and one of the sports club's members. View more
Austria Regional Court (Landesgericht) 2017 Austria / Regional Court Korneuburg / 505 Hv 109/16y Nationality Refugees & Asylum seekers The defendant posted on several facebook pages the following: "Adolf Hitler needed to be alive and instead of killing innocent Jews, he should put all asylum seekers into a large hall and burn them alive." In addition, in response to an online newspaper article referring to 45 refugees being abandoned on the motorway, he posted a comment stating: "Away with the muck!!!!!". View more
Hungary Constitutional Court (Alkotmánybíróság) 2017 Hungary / Constitutional Court / Decision no. 7/2017 Religion Muslims The Local Government of Ásotthalom, a town at the Serbian-Hungarian borders, adopted Local Governmental Decree no. 12/2014. on 23 November 2016 on the 'General rules of community coexistence'. The decree contained a prohibition on Islamic call to prayer activities, and wearing Muslim headscarves, chador, niqab, or burkini in the town of Ásotthalom. The decree also included a ban on the construction of any mosques and minarets in the town. View more
Portugal Portuguese Data Protection Authority 2017 Portugal / Portuguese Data Protection Authority / Opinion 21/2017 Ethnic origin, Race, Religion, Nationality, Gender, Migrant status Muslims, Migrants, Refugees & Asylum seekers, EU citizens & nationals with migrant background, Third country nationals, Foreigners, Black people or of African origin, Other religious groups The Parliament introduced amendments to the national laws regulating the principle of equal treatment and the prohibition of discrimination. View more
Austria Supreme Court (Oberster Gerichtshof) 2017 Austria / Supreme Court / 15Os25/17s ECLI:AT:OGH0002:2017:0150OS00025.17S.0405.000 Race Refugees & Asylum seekers The case concerns online incitement to hatred and violence. More concretely, the defendant (J.H.) was indicted for posting an image on Facebook showing two snipers lying in a trench with machine guns, with the caption "The fastest asylum procedure in Germany ... rejects up to 1,400 requests per minute". View more
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