European Court of Human Rights
European Court of Human Rights

Bulgaria: Court freezes all detention conditions cases

Human rights judges today announced that they intend to freeze complaints against Bulgaria, concerning poor conditions of detention.

A statement published earlier today reads: “The European Court of Human Rights has decided to adjourn the examination of all pending applications against Bulgaria in which the applicants complain of poor conditions of detention, as well as all future applications raising the same issue, pending the potential adoption of a pilot judgment in the case of Neshkov and Others v. Bulgaria.

“In this case the applicants complain under Article 3 (prohibition of inhuman or degrading treatment) and Article 13 (right to an effective remedy) of the European Convention on Human Rights about the conditions of detention in various correctional facilities in Bulgaria, notably on account of overcrowding and poor hygiene, and the alleged lack of effective domestic remedies in that respect.

“The case was communicated to the Bulgarian Government on 20 March 2014 and the parties are currently exchanging their observations. The parties were also invited to express their views on
whether the case revealed a systemic problem in Bulgarian detention facilities and would be suitable for the Court’s pilot-judgment procedure.”

Acording to the court, there are approximately 20 applications against Bulgaria concerning detention conditions which are currently awaiting first examination.

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