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Russian Federation: State found responsible for disappearances in Chechnya

On 9 November, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that Russia had violated the European Convention on Human Rights in two cases involving the enforced disappearance of three individuals in Chechnya. The Court found Russia violated the disappeared individuals’ rights to life, liberty and security as well as their relatives’ rights to be free […]

Netherlands: Non-refoulement principle challenged before European Court

In a joint intervention before the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), the Governments of UK, Italy, Lithuania, Portugal and Slovakia have urged the Court to reconsider an earlier ruling (Chahal case), which affirmed the obligation of states not to transfer persons to countries where they risk torture. In this case of Ramzy v. the […]

Turkey: European Court of Human Rights confirms findings in Öcalan case

On 12 May, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights held that Turkey violated former PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan’s right to liberty and security and to a fair trial. In particular, the presence of a military judge in parts of the proceedings violated the right to an independent tribunal. The Court also […]

Russian Federation: European Court rules on first Chechen cases

In the first rulings on cases brought before the European Court of Human Rights on Chechnya, the Court held, on 24 February, that Russian security forces committed gross violations of human rights, including violations of the right to life, the prohibition of torture, the right to an effective remedy and the right to property.