Examples of measures taken

Examples of general measures taken by states following a Court judgment:

  • Austria ended the monopoly applying to television;
  • Belgium amended its laws on homeless people and adopted measures to prohibit any discrimination against childrenborn outside marriage;
  • Bulgaria created an alternative to military service for conscientious objectors;
  • Croatia introduced an effective remedy against the excessive length of court proceedings;
  • The Czech Republic passed a new bankruptcy law;
  • Denmark extended the right not to belong to a trade union;
  • Finland amended its law on child custody and visiting rights;
  • France, Spain and the United Kingdom passed laws on telephone tapping;
  • Germany gave celebrities a greater right not to have their private photographs published;
  • Greece improved detention conditions for foreigners awaiting deportation;
  • Hungary introduced fairer decision-making with regard to prolongation of remand in custody;
  • Ireland decriminalised homosexual acts;
  • Italy made it compulsory for defence lawyers to appear before the Court of Cassation;
  • Latvia abolished discriminatory language tests for election candidates;
  • Moldova recognised freedom of religion;
  • The Netherlands amended its legislation on the detention of patients with mental illnesses;
  • Poland introduced an effective compensation system for certain persons whose property had been expropriated following the Second World War;
  • Romania cancelled provisions making it possible to annul final court decisions;
  • The Russian Federation improved the provision of social welfare for the victims of Chernobyl;
  • Slovakia amended its legislation on child placement;
  • Slovenia took measures to prevent ill-treatment by the police;
  • Sweden amended its provisions on public trials;
  • Switzerland reviewed its criminal court system and criminal procedures;
  • Turkey abolished the presence of military judges in state security courts;
  • Ukraine amended its libel legislation;
  • The United Kingdom banned corporal punishment in schools.

Examples of individual measures taken by states following a Court judgment:

  • in Azerbaijan, an applicant who had been wrongfully dismissed was reinstated;
  • in Bosnia and Herzegovina, an applicant’s savings were restored to her;
  • in Bulgaria, the Principal State Prosecutor asked for the re-opening of a trial, judged to be unfair;
  • in Croatia, an applicant was given back his passport, held by the authorities;
  • in Cyprus, an applicant was able to vote;
  • in the Czech Republic, an applicant was awarded a retirement pension that had been suspended;
  • in Finland, parents were able to give their son the name of their choice, which had been rejected by the authorities;
  • in Georgia, an applicant who had been arbitrarily detained was released;
  • in Germany, the father of a child born out of wedlock and abandoned by his mother was granted custody;
  • in Greece, applicants were able to open a school;
  • in Hungary, a historian was granted access to classified documents;
  • in Latvia, an applicant detained in conditions unsuited to his age (84 years) was released;
  • in Lithuania, data relating to an applicant were erased from the list of foreigners forbidden to reside in the country;
  • in Moldova, a church was recognised and registered;
  • in Montenegro, the person unlawfully occupying the applicant’s apartment was evicted;
  • in Poland, the record of an applicant’s conviction for libel was erased;
  • in Portugal, a father was once more allowed to see his son;
  • in Romania, former owners of nationalised properties were able to recover their assets or receive compensation;
  • in the Russian Federation, an applicant was granted citizenship;
  • in Slovakia, an applicant was able to challenge a paternity decision;
  • in Switzerland, a father was able to find his child, taken by the child’s mother and kept concealed in Mozambique;
  • in Turkey, bans on political activities imposed on members of dissolved parties were lifted;
  • in the United Kingdom, an applicant was acknowledged as being the victim of chemical tests during his military service and, as a result, his pension was increased.
in Montenegro, the person unlawfully occupying
the applicant’s apartment was evicted
in Poland, the record of an applicant’s conviction for libel
was erased
in Portugal, a father was once more allowed to see his son
in Romania, former owners of nationalised properties
were able to recover their assets or receive compensation
in the Russian Federation, an applicant was granted
citizenship
in the Slovak Republic, an applicant was able to challenge
a paternity decision
in Switzerland, a father was able to find his child, taken by
the child’s mother and kept concealed in Mozambique
in Turkey, bans on political activities imposed on members
of dissolved parties were lifted
in the United Kingdom, an applicant was acknowledged as
being the victim of chemical tests during his military service
and, as a result, his pension was increased