Article 4

Conviction of Greece for slavery! Three Russian victims of trafficking were forced to work as prostitutes. The inadequate legal framework has led to the termination of the proceedings and impunity of the perpetrators!

JUDGMENT Τ.Ι. and others v. Greece 18.07.2019 (no. 40311/10) see here SUMMARY  Prostitutes and a ban on slavery and forced labor. Three Russian women claimed to have been victims of trafficking and even forced to work as prostitutes in Greece. They accused civil servants of participating in human trafficking networks, however, until the preliminary investigation, the […]

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The exploitation of women for prostitution is part of the prohibitions in Article 4 of the ECHR and the victim’s consent is no importance to the responsibilities of the state or the perpetrator

JUDGMENT  S.M. v. Croatia 19.07.2018 (no. 60561/14) see here   SUMMARY  The applicant had argued that a former police officer had forced her into prostitution for several months. The national courts considered that her involvement in sexual services was voluntary and freed the accused. The Strasbourg Court first applied Article 4 of the ECHR to the […]

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καταναγκαστική εργασία

Migrants who were subjected to forced labour and human trafficking did not receive effective protection from the Greek State

JUDGMENT Chowdury and others v. Greece 30-03-2017 (no.21884/15) see here  SUMMARY The case concerned 42 Bangladeshi nationals who did not have work permits and were subjected to forced labour. Their employers had recruited them to pick strawberries on a farm in Manolada (Greece) but failed to pay the applicants’ wages and obliged them to work […]

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Border-zone detention of two asylum-seekers was unlawful and their removal from Hungary to Serbia exposed them to the risk of inhuman and degrading reception conditions in Greece

JUDGMENT Ilias and Ahmed v. Hungary 14-3-2017 (no. 47287/15) see here  SUMMARY  The case concerned the border-zone detention for 23 days of two Bangladeshi asylum-seekers as well as their removal from Hungary to Serbia. In today’s Chamber judgment in the case the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been: a violation of […]

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Sentences imposed by the administrative courts in spite of acquittals in criminal proceedings: violations of the Convention

JUDGMENT: Kapetanios and others v. Greece 30.04.2015 (nos. 3453/12, 42941/12, 9028/13) see here   SUMMARY: The case concerned the imposition of administrative fines on individuals accused of contraband who had been acquitted of a criminal offence. The Court found in particular that the fact of ordering the three applicants to pay administrative fines, even though they […]

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