European Court of Human Rights
European Court of Human Rights

Judges make €17,000 award after Moldova’s domestic abuse human rights breach

Human rights judges say Moldovan authorities failed to prevent a police officer from repeatedly beating his wife in front of their two daughters.

The European Court of Human Rights now want the Republic of Moldova to pay more than €17,000 in damages, costs and expenses, as result of the complaint brought by Lilia Eremia and her daughters Doina and Mariana Eremia.

In today’s Chamber judgment in the case of Eremia and Others v. the Republic of Moldova (application no. 3564/11), which is not final, the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been:

a violation of Article 3 (prohibition of inhuman and degrading treatment) of the European Convention on Human Rights in respect of Ms Lilia Eremia,

and

a violation of Article 8 (right to respect for private and family life) in respect of her two daughters,

a violation of Article 14 (prohibition of discrimination) read in conjunction with Article 3 in respect of Ms Lilia Eremia.

The case concerned the applicants’ complaint about the Moldovan authorities’ failure to protect them from the violent and abusive behaviour of their husband and father, a police officer.

The court held that, despite their knowledge of the abuse, the authorities had failed to take effective measures against Ms Eremia’s husband and to protect his wife from further domestic violence. It also considered that, despite the detrimental psychological effects of her daughters witnessing their father’s violence against their mother in the family home, little or no action had been taken to prevent the recurrence of such behaviour.

Finally, the court found that the authorities’ attitude had amounted to condoning violence and had been discriminatory towards Eremia as a woman.

Just satisfaction (Article 41)

The court held that the Republic of Moldova was to pay Ms Eremia 15,000 euros (EUR) in respect of non-pecuniary damage and EUR 2,150 for costs and expenses.

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