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Support for performing artist in Sinkova v. Ukraine

Legal Human Academy, together with Greenpeace International, the Human Rights Centre of the University of Gent, and the Open Society Justice Initiative, has been supporting a request to refer the case of Sinkova v. Ukraine to the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights. A joint letter of support has been endorsed by 22 organizations involved in the study, protection, or exercise of the rights to freedom of expression and freedom of peaceful assembly, such as Article 19, MLDI, European Centre for Non-for-Profit Law, Centre for Law and Democracy and Freemuse. The case involves a member of an artistic group (Anna Olegovna Sinkova), who fried eggs over the eternal flame at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Kyiv. The performance was filmed and posted online as an act of peaceful protest against an aspect of the government’s policy. Sinkova was arrested for desecrating the tomb, held for three months in pre-trial detention, and sentenced to three years in prison, suspended for two years. In its judgment of February 27, 2018, the European Court of Human Rights held, by four votes to three, that there had been no violation of Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which protects freedom of expression (see also our blog on Strasbourg Observers).  On 2 July 2018 however, the panel of the Grand Chamber has rejected all 15 pending requests for referral, including the request in the case Sinkova v. Ukraine.

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