Strasbourg to consider case of Lviv human rights activist in priority order


The European Court of Human Rights will be examining the case of Lviv human rights activist Oleksy Verentsov according to its priority case procedure.

As reported here, Oleksy Verentsov and Ihor Tanichkevcyh were arrested on 14 October 2010 over their peaceful picket outside the Prosecutor’s Office in Lviv and sentenced to three days administrative arrest. This was for both holding the picket and for not obeying police officers who told them to stop. This ruling was passed by the Halytsky District Court in Lviv with Verentsov’s lawyer not being admitted to the court hearing.

It later transpired that the Lviv Court of Appeal also believes that you need the authorities’ permission to hold a peaceful gathering.  That ruling was final and not subject to appeal.

The Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union turned to the European Court of Human Rights stating in its application that there had been a clear violation of the right to peaceful assembly and the right to a fair trial. It also issued an open appeal calling on the Ukrainian authorities to stop harassment of human rights activists. 

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