European Court of Human Rights rules Russia’s refusal to give bodies of terrorism suspects to relatives a violation of rights

posted 20 Jan 2014, 06:10 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 21 Jan 2014, 00:43 ]
17 January 2014

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The European Court of Human Rights has ruled there is a partial violation of rights in a case related to Russia’s refusal to hand over to relatives the bodies of deceased terrorism suspects who were residents of the North Caucasus. Legal costs awarded to the applicants are in excess of 27,000 euros, the Court’s statement says.

Rosbalt news agency reports that four applications had been filed by residents of the North Caucasus regarding the Russian Federation’s refusal to return the body of their relatives suspected of terrorism on the basis of anti-terrorism legislation. In the applicants’ opinion, this was discriminatory in nature. Several of the applicants also made complaints regarding the conditions in which the bodies were held during the process of identification.

The applicants cited violations of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (the right to respect of personal and family life), Article 3 (prohibition of torture and inhuman and degrading treatment), Article 13 (the right to effective means of legal defence) and Article 14 (prohibition of discrimination).

The court ruled there to be violations of Articles 8 and 13 of the Convention and legal costs in excess of 27,000 euros were awarded to the applicants. The decision of the European Court of Human Rights is not yet final, and for three months after the ruling parties can request that the case be passed to the Grand Chamber of the Court.

Translated by Elisabeth Wright