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Insulting accusation of domestic violence

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The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), delivered an interesting judgment in the case of Tölle v. Croatia about insulting allegations of domestic violence. In a newspaper article a father accused an association to be responsible for his child’s abduction by the mother. The president of this association providing support for women victims of violence replied in a radio-interview that her organisation was not involved in the daughter’s abduction and that the man had violently abused his wife. That was also the reason why mother and daughter had fled the country. The association’s president was subsequently convicted for the criminal offence of insult. The ECtHR found that this criminal conviction amounted to a violation of the association’s president’s freedom of expression under Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). The Court finds the criminal conviction for insult a sort of censorship, discouraging the promotion for support of victims of domestic violence.
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Freedom of Expression, insult, right to reputation, public interest, factual basis, domestic violence

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Voorhoof, Dirk, and Inger Høedt-Rasmussen. “Insulting Accusation of Domestic Violence.” Strasbourg Observers Blog, 5 January 2021, Human Rights Centre Ghent University, 2021.
APA
Voorhoof, D., & Høedt-Rasmussen, I. (2021). Insulting accusation of domestic violence. Strasbourg Observers Blog. Gent: Human Rights Centre Ghent University.
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Voorhoof, Dirk, and Inger Høedt-Rasmussen. 2021. “Insulting Accusation of Domestic Violence.” Strasbourg Observers Blog. Gent: Human Rights Centre Ghent University.
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Voorhoof, Dirk, and Inger Høedt-Rasmussen. 2021. “Insulting Accusation of Domestic Violence.” Strasbourg Observers Blog. Gent: Human Rights Centre Ghent University.
Vancouver
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Voorhoof D, Høedt-Rasmussen I. Insulting accusation of domestic violence. 5 January 2021. Strasbourg Observers Blog. Gent: Human Rights Centre Ghent University; 2021.
IEEE
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D. Voorhoof and I. Høedt-Rasmussen, “Insulting accusation of domestic violence,” Strasbourg Observers Blog. Human Rights Centre Ghent University, Gent, 2021.
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  author       = {Voorhoof, Dirk and Høedt-Rasmussen, Inger},
  keywords     = {Freedom of Expression,insult,right to reputation,public interest,factual basis,domestic violence},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {5},
  publisher    = {Human Rights Centre Ghent University},
  series       = {Strasbourg Observers Blog},
  title        = {Insulting accusation of domestic violence},
  url          = {https://strasbourgobservers.com/2021/01/05/insulting-accusation-of-domestic-violence/#more-5013},
  year         = {2021},
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