11:56 05.03.2022

ECHR bans Russia from continuing shelling of civilian infrastructure, this also applies to future complaints against Russia

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ECHR bans Russia from continuing shelling of civilian infrastructure, this also applies to future complaints against Russia

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has reiterated its ruling on the Ukraine v. Russia lawsuit, in which it forbade the Russian Federation to continue shelling civilian infrastructure, which also concerns future complaints against the Russian Federation, Hanna Yudkivska, Judge of the European Court of Human Rights, has said.

"The court today extended the application of interim measure under Rule 39, adopted on Tuesday, to the relevant requests filed by individuals suffering from the Russian invasion: "those who hide in shelters, houses and other structures, fearing for their lives because of the ongoing bombing and shelling, without or with limited access to food, health care, water, sewerage, electricity and other interconnected services necessary for survival, who need humanitarian assistance and safe evacuation, "and the Russian Federation should also ensure unimpeded access of the civilian population to safe evacuation routes and humanitarian assistance," Yudkovskaya wrote on Facebook on Saturday.

The judgment published therein states that the ECHR decides that this interim measure, under Rule 39 of the Rules of Court, shall be considered to cover any request brought by persons falling into the above category of civilians who provide sufficient evidence showing that they face a serious and imminent risk of irreparable harm to their physical integrity and/or right to life.

"With regard to such requests, the Court moreover decides to indicate to the Government of the Russian Federation, under Rule 39, that, in accordance with their engagements under the Convention, notably in respect of Articles 2, 3 and 8, they should ensure unimpeded access of the civilian population to safe evacuation routes, healthcare, food and other essential supplies, rapid and unconstrained passage of humanitarian aid and movement of humanitarian workers," the decision reads.

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