Article 3


The detention of a detainee in the isolation cell for 7 days as a disciplinary measure does not consist degrading treatment

JUDGMENT Mazziotti v. France 11.10.2018 (no. 65089/13) see here SUMMARY The case concerned the imposition of a disciplinary measure on a prisoner who was found in possession of a mobile phone. The Court acknowledged the validity of the disciplinary reasons for the sanction and its necessity on security grounds. It observed that the length of […]

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Greek prisons. Only one hour heating in the winter and prisoners were sleeping in moldy and smelly mattresses. Inhuman and degrading treatment

JUDGMENT Marrougas v. Greece 04.10.2018 (no.  44689/16) see here SUMMARY Prison of Diavata. Prisoners in a small cell living in a space of less than 3 sq.m. for each prisoner. They were sleeping in old moldy smelly mattresses and were not given bed linen and towels. In winter the heat was open only for one […]

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Police beating with rubber logs, cigarette burning and torture with electric cables and needles under the nails

JUDGMENT Tsakoyevy v. Russia 02.10.2018 (no. 16397/07) see here SUMMARY Police violence and the death of a suspect for his participation in an armed group. He was beaten with rubber logs, burnt with cigarettes, tortured with electrified cables, and needles were inserted under his nails. Ineffective investigation by the authorities. Violation of the right to […]

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Deportation to Tunisia of a person deemed to be a threat to national security to Germany not in breach of the Convention

JUDGMENT Saidani v. Germany 27.09.2018 (no.  17675/18) see here SUMMARY The case concerned the applicant’s deportation from Germany to Tunisia because he was deemed to be a potential offender who posed a threat to national security (so-called “Gefährder”), based on his activities for “Islamic State”. The Court found that there was a real risk that […]

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Öcalan and Turkish prisons. An unexpected outcome

JUDGMENT  Öcalan v. Turkey  27.09.2018 (no.  12261/10) see here SUMMARY The case mainly concerns allegations by Abdullah Öcalan that he was subjected to ill-treatment in 2008 during a search of his cell. Before being arrested in 1998, he was the leader of the PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party, an illegal organisation). As regards the allegations of […]

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Russia committed multiple violations of the European Convention owing to Pussy Riot punk band convictions and imprisonment

JUDGMENT  Mariya Alekhina and othersv. Russia 17.07.2018  (no. 38004/12) see here SUMMARY The case Mariya Alekhina and Others v. Russia (application no. 38004/12) concerned the conviction and imprisonment of three members of the Pussy Riot punk band for attempting to perform one of their protest songs in a Moscow cathedral in 2012. The courts ruled […]

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Complaint about police violence during the arrest and the court trial

JUDGMENT Sergey Ryabov v. Russia 17.07.2018 (no. 2674/07) see here   SUMMARY Police violence and abuse of an arrested person for murder both during his arrest and after being examined by the Judge. In particular, he reported being beaten and kicked, while multiple bruises were seen in his body. He claimed on the basis of Article […]

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Τorture during police detention, ineffective investigation and breaches of family life

JUDGMENT  Abdulkadyrov and Dakhtayev v. Russia 10.07.2018 (no. 35061/04) see here SUMMARY Ill treatment during police detention, lack of effective investigation that led to conviction and detention far away from the applicants’ families. Not registered violent detention (electric shock while wearing gas masks or bags on their heads, and threats of rape and blackmail). Infringement […]

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Allegations of police violence by a person injured on the day of a demonstration were unfounded

JUDGMENT  Lazaridou v. Greece 28.6.2018 (no  59142/16) see here   SUMMARY  The case concerned physical injuries sustained by Ms Lazaridou on the day of a demonstration organised against the austerity measures imposed by the Government. Ms Lazaridou, who was injured in the arm by shards of glass, blamed her injuries on the police officers of a […]

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Detention pending deportation to a police station

JUDGMENT  S.Z. v. Greece 21.06.2018 (no. 66702/13) see here   SUMMARY  Temporary detention at a police station pending expulsion. Violation of Article 3 for degrading treatment of prison conditions in the police station, Article 5 § 1 (f) (right to liberty and security) because detention was arbitrary and Article 5 § 4 due to lack of […]

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