Delegation of the European Union to the Council of Europe

EU Statement on the cyberattack on the website of the European Court of Human Rights

Brussels, 13/01/2021 - 12:40, UNIQUE ID: 210113_6
Statements on behalf of the EU

1392nd meeting of the Committee of Ministers on 13 January 2021

  1.  The European Union and its Member States strongly condemn the recent cyberattack which targeted the website of the European Court of Human Rights following the delivery of the Selahattin Demirtas v. Turkey (No. 2) judgment on December 22.
  2. The European Court of Human Rights was established to oversee the respect for the human rights of more than 830 million people across Europe. Its work is fundamental to the Council of Europe, especially in terms of the protection of the human rights and fundamental freedoms set out in the European Convention on Human Rights.
  3. The cyberattack was a deplorable act against the Court which demonstrated disregard for human rights and stability in cyberspace. Malicious cyber activities aimed at disrupting the work of the Court are unacceptable.
  4. The EU reaffirms its full support to the integrity and independence of the Court, which must be respected at all times. The EU also reaffirms its commitment to protect and promote a global, open, stable and secure cyberspace, grounded in the rule of law, human rights, fundamental freedoms and democratic values.


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