ECHR upholds Romanian law that allows stay of prison sentence for mothers, but not fathers

The European Court of Human Rights has held that differential treatment of male and female convicts in the stay of execution of their prison sentences on the grounds of parenthood is not discriminatory. In this case, the application for a stay of execution of prison sentence of the applicant, the father of a child under the age of one, was rejected by Romanian courts as this ground for stay was only available to women. In his appeal to the ECHR, it was held that exclusion of men from this provision was not discriminatory as there was a reasonable relation between the specific characteristics of early motherhood and safeguarding the best interests of the child.

Alexandru Enache v. RomaniaECHR 292 (2017)