European Court late action group “Citizens Against Plasterk ‘them to procedure

Jan

7

2016

The European Court of Human Rights has action group “Citizens Against Plasterk then admitted to a procedure that the British organization Big Brother Watch” was launched by the British Government. It is about the legality of the collection of information by the secret services.

The action group is a procedure in 2013 initiated by the Dutch government, as would use this information unlawfully obtained by the intelligence services. Citizens Against Plasterk lost the case in the first instance and subsequently lodged an appeal before the Court. The European court has not ruled yet. In 2014 requested the action group to be allowed to join a similar procedure instituted by the British organization Big Brother Watch against the United Kingdom. The Court has made the decision Tuesday to allow Citizens Against Plasterk in this procedure.

According to the lawyer of the action group Christiaan Alberdingk Thijm, this is special because 94 percent of the cases are rejected by the ECtHR. Now Citizens Against Plasterk in the procedure is added, the action group can submit pieces and thus move the Court to give a ruling which is relevant to the current case before the Dutch court.

Alberdingk Thijm late Tweakers know that the chance that the European court does rule rather than the Dutch court because the case is urgent. The Dutch court must abide by rulings of the ECtHR.

Normally litigants must first exhaust all domestic remedies to be allowed to initiate proceedings before the European courts. In the Netherlands, the Supreme Court is the highest authority. On the grant is going to the Supreme Court no longer needed for Citizens Against Plasterk.

Big Brother Watch focuses on the procedure especially on the legality of the Tempora – and Prism programs of British and American intelligence services. Both complainants claim that the governments to infringe the right to respect for private and family life.

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