Cases: International Human Rights Law

Pretty v UK

Facts: Pretty suffered from a motor neurone disease and was paralysed from the neck down. She wanted her husband to assist her in her suicide. As assisted suicide in the UK is not legal, she requested the Director of Public Prosecution to agree not to prosecute her husband.   Thus, the applicant explained that permitting euthanasia…

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Dodov v Bulgaria

Facts: The applicant’s mother, who had Alzheimer’s, disappeared from a state-owned nursing home and was never found. Her son argued that his mother’s life was put at risk by the nursing home staff `and that the police did not take all of the necessary measures to search for his mon after her disappearance.  Issue: Does the…

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Oneryildiz v Turkey

Facts: The applicant lived in a slum in Istanbul that was built next to a rubbish tip. Moreover, no measures had been taken at the rubbish tip to prevent an explosion of methane. Consequently, a methane explosion occurred, which set fire to many houses where the applicant lost nine relatives.   Issue: Did the state have…

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Timurtas v Turkey

Fact: The victim’s father had filed a complaint with the Turkish forces about his son’s disappearance, who had been taken into police custody. However, the Turkish authority did not investigate because they claimed his allegations were too vague.  Issue: Was the failure of the Turkish government to investigate a violation of art.2(2) ECHR.  Held: Yes, it was….

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Makaratzis v Greece

Facts: The applicant was speeding in his car while driving through the centre of Athens. He then drove through a red light. Police officers tried to get him to stop, but instead, he accelerated, and so they started shooting his car, which left him severely wounded but alive.   Issue: Is art.2(2) ECHR breached even where the person…

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