Armenia Fined by the European Court of Human Rights
STRASBOURG, France (A.W.)—The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) fined Armenia for its unlawful approach and problematic investigation conducted by Armenian law-enforcement authorities in two different cases, on Nov. 24.
In the first ruling, the court ruled that military authorities did not properly investigate the death of Armenian serviceman Suren Muradian and did not punish those who were responsible. Muradian died in 2002 in Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabagh/NKR). The ECHR awarded Muradian’s family 50,000 euros in damages.
The lawsuit was filed by Muradian’s father, who stated that the reason for his son’s death was the lack of necessary medical attention during his military service.
In the second case, the ECHR ordered the Armenian government to pay 2,400 euros to an Armenian man who was convicted of a 2009 murder. Armenian authorities had denied his right to a fair trial.
According to RFE/RL’s Armenian service, since Armenia submitted itself to the Strasbourg tribunal’s jurisdiction, thousands of Armenians have reached out to the ECHR for their claims. The court has ruled against the Armenian judiciary in several cases and has awarded over 200,000 euros to individuals whose rights were violated.
Source: Armenian Weekly
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