Published: 1 Dec 2011

EHRAC Bulletin Winter 2011

EHRAC Bulletin

Issue 16 of the EHRAC Bulletin is now available online. Please click the link below to read the full issue.

The extent of the application of the European Convention on Human Rights to states acting beyond their borders has long been debated, especially since the seminal Banković & Others case concerning the NATO bombing of Belgrade in 1999. To open this edition of the Bulletin, Shanta Bhavnani discusses two recent landmark judgments on this issue – Al-Skeini & Others and Al-Jedda – both of which relate to the UK’s military activities in Iraq.

The effectiveness of the implementation of European Court judgments remains high on the agenda, and two articles in this edition consider the execution of judgments against Russia and Bulgaria. Lycette Nelson and Dmitri Bartenev, both of the Mental Disability Advocacy Center (Budapest), discuss the follow-up to the 2008 Shtukaturov judgment against Russia, concerning the rights of people held in psychiatric care. Yana Buhrer Tavanier and Margarita Ilieva of the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee outline the principal elements of their advocacy campaign focused on police brutality in Bulgaria, which has been the subject of a series of Strasbourg judgments finding the domestic law on the use of force to violate the right to life.

Also in this issue: Prof. Bill Bowring (EHRAC) analyses prisoner voting rights in Russia; Jessica Gavron (barrister, EHRAC) considers the requirement to exhaust domestic remedies in Russia; Narine Gasparyan (Legal Guide, Yerevan) discusses the effects which the European Convention has had on Armenia; and Vafa Fati-zade provides an update on the release of journalist Eynulla Fatullayev in Azerbaijan.