National Security – a Trump Card? The European Court of Human Rights decisions in Herri Batasuna and Batasuna v. Spain, Etxeberria and Others v. Spain and Herritarren Zerrenda v. Spain

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dc.contributor.author LETNAR CERNIC, Jernej
dc.date.accessioned 2010-02-18T16:01:06Z
dc.date.available 2010-02-18T16:01:06Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.issn 1830-7728
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1814/13343
dc.description.abstract On 30 June 2009, the European Court of Human Rights delivered three decisions deriving from the situation in the Basque country, Herri Batasuna and Batasuna v. Spain, Etxeberría and Others v. Spain and Herritarren Zerrenda v. Spain. In Herri Batasuna and Batasuna v. Spain, the European Court of Human Rights upheld the dissolution of the political parties Herri Batasuna and Batasuna, whereas it held in Etxeberría and Others v. Spain and Herritarren Zerrenda v. Spain that the political groups, which wished to continue the activities of the illegal political parties, are also prohibited from presenting candidates in municipal, regional and autonomous community elections. This article will briefly explore some of the basic legal questions arising from the above decisions. It attempts to demonstrate that the Court's analysis is entirely at odds with the functioning of democratic society, and it argues that the extreme measure of dissolution of Herri Batasuna and Batasuna, Etxeberría and Herritarren Zerrenda may have been avoided by employing less drastic and individualized measures. Despite the Court holding that the dissolution of the political parties and groups was necessary and proportionate, it may have failed to establish the factual basis and therefore also its conclusions are subjected to criticism. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.relation.ispartofseries EUI MWP en
dc.relation.ispartofseries 2010/02 en
dc.subject European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms en
dc.subject freedom of association en
dc.subject freedom of expression en
dc.subject fight against terrorism en
dc.subject Spain en
dc.subject the Basque Country en
dc.subject necessary in democratic society en
dc.title National Security – a Trump Card? The European Court of Human Rights decisions in Herri Batasuna and Batasuna v. Spain, Etxeberria and Others v. Spain and Herritarren Zerrenda v. Spain en
dc.type Working Paper en


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