Russia condemned for continued failure to investigate indiscriminate bombardment of a Chechen village

The European Court of Human Rights found a violation of article 2 in the case Abuyeva and Others v. Russia. The case concerned the applicants’ allegation that 24 of their relatives died during the bombardment on their village in February 2000. Some of the applicants also complained about injuries they had sustained during the attack. The Court found in particular that, despite its finding in a previous judgment (Isayeva v. Russia of 24 February 2005) concerning the same events, the ensuing new investigation into the bombardment had been plagued by exactly the same defects and invited the Committee of Ministers, the executive arm of the Council of Europe, which supervises the execution of the Court’s judgments, to address the issue.

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