Russia: European Court Must Ensure that Religious “Hate Speech” Laws Conform with International Standards on Freedom of Expression
ARTICLE 19’s brief to the European Court of Human Rights draws on relevant international human rights law, as well as regional human rights law and jurisprudence, non-binding international standards (notably the Camden Principles on Freedom of Expression and Equality) and comparative approaches to laws concerning incitement to religious hatred. In the opinion of ARTICLE 19, these authorities indicate that laws on incitement to religious hatred should be carefully defined and construed to only limit particular forms of expression which have the potential to cause harm to individuals and which are incompatible with the underlying values of human rights, such as respect for pluralism. They should not limit freedom of expression in order to protect or support a particular religious group or point of view as such.
ARTICLE 19 has submitted the brief in the hope that the European Court of Human Rights will hold that there has been a violation of Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights in connection with the applicants in this case.
• For the brief of 15 May 2010 see: http://www.article19.org/pdfs/analysis/russia-yuriy-samodurov-and-lyudmila-vasilovskaya-v-russia.pdf
• For the admissibility decision of the European Court of Human Rights of 15 December 2009 in the case Yuriy Samodurov and Lyudmila Vasilovskaya Application No 3007/06 see: http://www.article19.org/pdfs/analysis/russia-first-decision-yuriy-samodurov.pdf
• For the Camden Principles on Freedom of Expression and Equality see: http://www.article19.org/advocacy/campaigns/camden-principles/index.html
• For more information, please contact Sejal Parmar, Senior Legal Officer, ARTICLE 19, firstname.lastname@example.org