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Moldova: Human rights judges award €4,000 to mum who drank tap water and got dysentery

A Moldovan mum has been awarded €4,000 after Strasbourg judges agreed that her human rights were violated by national authorities after drinking infested tap water.

Under Article 41 (just satisfaction), the European Court of Human Rights held that Republic of Moldova was to pay Svetlana Otgon 4,000 euros (EUR) in respect of non-pecuniary damage.

In today’s Chamber judgment in the case of Otgon v. the Republic of Moldova (application no.22743/07) the court held, by six votes to one, that there had been:

a violation of Article 8 (right to respect for private and family life)

of the European Convention on Human Rights.

The court decided that Otgon’s health was endangered by drinking the infested tap water and that she received insufficient compensation.

After drinking the unclean water, Otgon spent two weeks in hospital with dysentery.

The court came to the conclusion that even though the domestic courts had established responsibility and awarded compensation in the proceedings brought against the State-owned local utilities provider, the sum awarded was insufficient for the degree of harm that had been caused to her health.

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