EHRAC Bulletin

EHRAC Autumn Bulletin 2019

It’s been a busy summer! We won 4 cases on behalf of 13 applicants...

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J.D. and A v UK

14.1.20: European Court rules that UK's bedroom tax breached the rights of two applicants.

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Polyakh and others v Ukraine

13.1.20: Five career civil servants dismissed under Ukraine's Government Cleansing (Lustration) Act 2014 had their right to private and family life breached.

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Magnitsky & others v Russia

4.11.19: Russia was responsible for the 2009 death of jailed whistle-blower Sergei Magnitsky, whose case inspired new laws introducing sanctions mechanisms in the US, UK, Canada, Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia.


Interview with Tamar Oniani, GYLA Strategic Litigation Lawyer and Legal Skills Development Programme 2019 Participant

22.10.19: EHRAC spoke to one of the 2019 Legal Skills Development Programme participants , GYLA Strategic Litigation Lawyer Tamar Oniani, about her experience in Strasbourg.

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Kurt v Austria

2.10.19: Austria did not fail in its duty to protect a child who was shot dead by his father while claims were being investigated that he had raped the child’s mother and had made threats to kill her and their children.

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Mihalache v Romania [GC]

2.10.19: A man who was administratively fined and then criminally convicted and sentenced for refusing to undergo a blood test following a positive breathalyser test was tried twice for the same offence.

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Rustavi 2 Broadcasting Company Ltd & Others v Georgia

2.10.19: No judge bias or other breach of fair trial guarantees were found in a shareholder dispute over the ownership of the Rustavi 2 Broadcasting Company.

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T.I. & others v Greece

2.10.19: Greece failed in its obligations to prevent, prosecute and investigate human trafficking of three Russian nationals who alleged that consulate employees were bribed by traffickers in order to facilitate their entry into Greece.

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Volodina v Russia

2.10.19: Failure to protect from, prevent, deter, censure or investigate serious and prolonged domestic violence amounted to degrading treatment, contributed to a “climate conducive to domestic violence” and was discriminatory on the basis of gender.

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Aliyev v Armenia, Hakobyan v Azerbaijan et al.

2.10.19: Four cases brought by four separate families whose homes were shelled by the armed forces of Armenia and Azerbaijan during the hostilities of April 2016 have been communicated to the ECtHR.

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Fernandes de Oliveira v Portugal [GC]

2.10.19: Portuguese authorities failed in their duty to investigate the suicide of a patient while voluntarily hospitalized in a state-run psychiatric hospital.

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Georgia v. Russia (I) [GC]

2.10.19: Court awards Georgia €10,000,000 in non-pecuniary damages (for trauma, distress, anxiety and humiliation) related to Russia’s collective expulsion of Georgian nationals from its territory in autumn 2006.