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Vital Christian freedom cases at the European Court of Human Rights

Information for media:

Please see below for media briefing, video, photos and legal documents.

For more information/interview: please call Andrea Williams (Director, Christian Legal Centre) on 07712 591164 or the media centre on 020 3327 1120.

Application for referral to Grand Chamber - documents for download:

 
On Tuesday 15th January 2013, the European Court of Human Rights handed down its judgment in four landmark cases.
 
At issue was the freedom of Christians to express their faith publicly and to live in line with historic, mainstream, biblical Christian teaching. 
 
The Christian Legal Centre (sister-organisation of Christian Concern) directly supported Shirley Chaplin and Gary McFarlane, whose cases were heard alongside those of Lillian Ladele and Nadia Eweida. 
 
For an introduction to the issues, please download the summary documents below. Official documents relating to the cases are also available below.

 

Media Briefing (including clarification of common points of confusion in the cases):

Media briefing (pdf)

 

Photos for Press use:

Gary McFarlane 1 (high Res)

Gary McFarlane 2 (high Res)

Shirley Chaplin 1 (high Res)

Shirley Chaplin 2 (high Res)

 

Videos for Press use:

Shirley Chaplin (HD)

Gary McFarlane (HD)

 

Introduction to the Issues

Briefing Document: Shirley Chaplin & the Wearing of the Cross >

Briefing Document: Gary McFarlane & the Clash of Rights >

 

Latest Submissions to the Court

 

Final submission to the European Court of Human Rights by Mr McFarlane (14/08/12)

 

The Government's Official Position

HM Government's Submission to the European Court of Human Rights - Chaplin & Eweida (14/10/11) 

HM Government's Submission to the European Court of Human Rights - McFarlane & Ladele (14/10/11) 

 

The Case of Shirley Chaplin - Official Case Documents

Main document summarising Mrs Chaplin's complaint to the European Court of Human Rights (08/12/10)

Submission by Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali to the European Court in support of Mrs Chaplin (20/07/11)

HM Government's submission in the cases of Chaplin & Eweida (14/10/11) 

Mrs Chaplin's reply to the Government's submission

Final submission to the European Court of Human Rights by Mrs Chaplin (14/08/12)

 

The Case of Gary McFarlane - Official Case Documents

Main document summarising Mr McFarlane's complaint to the European Court of Human Rights (29/10/10)

Submission by Lord Carey of Clifton to the European Court in support of Mr McFarlane

HM Government's submission inf the cases of McFarlane & Ladele (14/10/11)

Final submission to the European Court of Human Rights by Mr McFarlane (14/08/12)

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