Video: Litigating Georgia’s first femicide case at the European Court of Human Rights

12 May 2022

Tkhelidze v Georgia concerns the femicide of M.T., a university professor, by her ex-husband L.M. after a prolonged period of domestic violence. Despite more than eleven reports of violence and threats made to the police by M.T. and her relatives in a six-month period, not a single protective measure was put in place.

This case is representative of the systemic discrimination by the law enforcement authorities in Georgia in failing to adequately respond to victims of domestic violence.

EHRAC brought the case before the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in collaboration with Union Sapari on behalf of M.T.’s mother.

The ECtHR embedded its consideration of discrimination into right to life complaints for the first time in a domestic violence case, and was robust in its criticism of the authorities’ ‘major failings’, representing a highly progressive judgment by the Court.

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The litigation of this case was made possible by the generous support of the American People through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The contents of this video are the sole responsibility of EHRAC and do not necessarily reflect the views of East West Management Institute, USAID or the United States Government.