Crimean Tatars in Simferopol attend a memorial service marking the 70th anniversary of the deportation of Tatars from Crimea. Photograph: Max Vetrov/AFP/Getty Images
EHRAC Bulletin

EHRAC Bulletin Summer 2017

In this issue, we focus on several themes including violence against women, the role of national authorities in ensuring human rights protection and discrimination against marginalised ethnic groups.

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Case Summary

Human rights violations by the Russian security forces in the North Caucasus

12.7.17: The Court has found Russian State agents responsible for indiscriminate bombing, extra-judicial killings, enforced disappearances and abductions in the North Caucasus in over 250 cases.


By decriminalising domestic violence Russia takes a step backwards

27.6.17: Jessica Gavron (EHRAC Legal Director) explains why domestic violence should be treated differently from stranger violence.


Providing women with protection from human trafficking and domestic abuse

27.6.17: Jessica Gavron (Legal Director, EHRAC) interviews Mehriban Zeynalova, founder of Clean World Public Union in Azerbaijan, centre for domestic abuse victims.


Looking behind closed doors

27.6.17: There are many reasons why a murder committed in a ‘domestic’ setting should be the most predictable form of homicide there is – and arguably, if it could have been predicted, it must have been preventable.


Implementing judgments of the European Court

27.6.17: When states appear before the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) or the Committee of Ministers, it is government representatives who take the chair. Yet the executive is not the only arm of the state that has human rights obligations: courts and national parliaments do, too.


Strasbourg in 2016: figures and case law trends

27.6.17: The statistics appear to mirror, both in terms of figures and thematic case law trends, the political turbulence that shook Europe last year – one need only think of the attempted coup d’état in Turkey, which led the country to declare a state of emergency and derogate from the ECHR.


“Putin’s new ghetto has no barbed-wire fence – just surveillance and harassment”

27.6.17: The Crimean peninsula, annexed by Russia in 2014, has swiftly degenerated into the scene of the greatest repression being conducted anywhere in the entire country.


The independence and impartiality of investigative authorities

27.6.17: For many years, the lack of transparent, independent and effective investigation of crimes committed by law enforcement agencies has been identified as one of the most serious problems in Georgia.


Strategic Litigation Impacts

27.6.17: In spring 2016, OSJI published an impact report on how strategic litigation has been used to effect social change regarding Roma school desegregation.

Case Summary

Bayram Bayramov and others v Azerbaijan

16.2.17: The applicants were present at peaceful demonstrations demanding free and fair elections and democratic reform in Azerbaijan, but were arrested.

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Lashmankin and others v Russia

7.2.17: The applicants in this group are from across Russia, and had planned public events of various sizes and for varying causes, many of which did not go ahead.

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Navalnyy v Russia

2.2.17: Aleksey Navalnyy, a political activist and an anti-corruption campaigner, was arrested during unauthorised public gatherings for variously disobeying lawful order of the police or breaching the established procedure for conducting public events.