European Court of Human Rights finds Romania failed to investigate hate-crimes against LGBTI demonstrators

14.04.16 | |

In M.C. and A.C. v. Romania (no. 12060/12), two Romanians assaulted after attending the annual gay pride event in Bucharest claimed that the police failed to investigate the hate crimes effectively. In finding a violation of Article 3 read together with Article 14 ECHR, the Court concluded the investigations into the allegations of ill-treatment were ineffective as they lasted too long, were marred by serious shortcomings, and failed to take into account possible discriminatory motives.


The decision of the Court relied upon a Third Party Intervention by Fédération internationale des ligues des droits de l’Homme (FIDH), the European arm of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA-Europe), the Advice on Individual Rights in Europe Centre (AIRE Centre), together represented by Alex Gask of Doughty Street.

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