26 December 2017
Our lawyers submitted 25 applications to the ECHR in 2017. As in the past, most of the applications concerned violation of the right to life. We submitted 13 applications on behalf of 49 applicants who have suffered as a result of extra-judicial executions or forced disappearances.
11 December 2017
The application Tatayev and others vs the Russian Federation was submitted to the ECHR in 2015 with the help of Justice Initiative. “Wild garlic picking in these districts is a difficult and dangerous job but people had no choice but to take up this occupation for lack of any other livelihood”, said lawyer Tanzila Arsamakova, who works with Justice Initiative. “The applicants and their relatives who were killed all had the necessary permits from the village administration to collect wild garlic in this location. They had been engaged in this work for some time now. The authorities simply had to have known that around 100 civilians were in the forest, but they nonetheless gave the order to fire indiscriminately on the forest from machine guns and grenade launchers”.
29 November 2017
On November 24 2017, the European Court of Human Rights communicated the application of Ingushetia resident Asya Gubasheva, filed on May 19 2017. Gubasheva’s complaint is about non-enforcement of a court decision giving her custody of her daughter (Article 8) and lack of legal protection (Article 13). The Russian bailiffs’ inaction has meant that Gubasheva has not seen her daughter for more than three years now. The ECHR recognized the mother and her four-year-old daughter as applicants.
21 November 2017
The European Court of Human Rights rules that the Russian Government must pay 24,000 euros to the family of a man who died from tuberculosis in prison
In its ruling on Kaimova and others vs Russia (No 24132/12), the ECHR recognized that the Russian authorities violated their positive obligations under Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights by not protecting Kaimov’s life and not conducting an effective investigation into the circumstances of his death in detention.
10 November 2017
Complaint in the ECHR from Saida Khalikova about remoteness of her place of detention and failure to provide medical assistance
Saida Khalikova was sentenced by the Moscow district military court in 2015 to five years in a general-regime prison colony. She has been in detention since December 2014. During the investigation, she and her mother Raziyat Isambekova came under pressure from Investigative Committee officials. Saida has suffered from a blood disorder for many years now. Lawyers from Justice Initiative sent a request to prison colony 28 and enabled her to undergo an out-patient medical examination. On November 9 2017, Justice Initiative sent to the ECHR an application in which Khalikova and her mother Raziyat Isambekova complain of inadequate medical assistance at prison colony 28 in Volgograd Region.