EU: European Court of Human Rights Judgement on banned Warsaw marches

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Press release and Judgment: full-text (pdf)

The applicants were from non-governmental organisations who campaign on behalf of persons of homosexual orientation. In the context of a campaign called Equality Days organised from 10 to 12 June 2005 by the Foundation, the applicants wished to organise a march to take place in the streets of Warsaw. The march was aimed at bringing public attention to discrimination against minorities, women and the disabled. The Mayor of Warsaw banned the planned marches.The Court held unanimously that there had been: • a violation of Article 11 (freedom of association and assembly) of the European Convention on Human Rights; • a violation of Article 13 (right to an effective remedy) of the Convention; and • a violation of Article 14 (prohibition of discrimination).

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