ECHR upholds complaints of residents of Chechnya about the disappearances of their relatives

ECHR upholds complaints of residents of Chechnya about the disappearances of their relatives

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has found a violation of human rights by the Russian Federation in the case of the disappearance of Chechen residents, obliging Russia to pay more than 1 million euros to 40 applicants, according to a court decision released today.

 

The case concerned ten complaints filed with the ECHR by residents of Chechnya in connection with the disappearance of their relatives in the years 2000 - 2005. Investigations were initiated into instances of people disappearing that have been repeatedly suspended and resumed again, the complaint says , RIA Novosti reports.

 

In September 2011, the applicants complained to the ECHR about the violation of several articles of the European Convention on Human Rights, in particular the right to private life, prohibition of torture and inhuman and degrading treatment, the right to liberty and security and the right to effective healthcare.

 

ECHR considered the complaint and found a violation of articles of the Convention and decided to award the applicants EUR 780 thousand non-pecuniary damages, 243 thousand in pecuniary damages, and EUR 37 thousand in legal costs.

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