European Convention on Human Rights

Greece breaks EU rules on religious education classes

Europe's top human rights court has ruled that the Greek system for exempting schoolchildren from religious education classes is in breach of the European Convention on Human Rights.
Under existing regulations, parents who want their children to be exempt from religious education classes must submit a solemn declaration saying that their children are not Orthodox Christians.

JusMin Birchall: Tighter cooperation with the ECHR represents an important goal of the Justice Ministry

Justice Minister Ana Birchall met on Thursday with President of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) Linos Alexandre Sicillianos, underscoring within the meeting that Romania wants a tight cooperation with the ECHR, taking into account the large number of cases Romania is involved in.

Unconstitutional to record religious faith at school, says data protection body

Greece's data protection authority (HDPA) ruled on Wednesday that keeping records of the religious faith of students violates the constitution and the European Convention on Human Rights.

This decision concerned the inclusion of the student's' faith on school degrees or the Education Ministry's online "myschool" website.

Turkey launches counter-terror Operation Claw-2 in N Iraq

Turkey launched counter-terror Operation Claw-2 in northern Iraq on July 12 at 10 pm (local time), the Turkish National Defense Ministry said on July 13.
Turkey will continue to destroy weapon emplacements and shelters used by PKK terrorists in a new area with Operation Claw-2, said the ministry in a statement.