Strasbourg gives priority consideration to EuroMaidan protester’s application


The European Court of Human Rights is treating the application of Sirenko v. Ukraine as priority and has requested that the Ukrainian Government provide its observations. 

The announcement on the Court’s website states that Igor Sirenko says that he has taken part in the protests known as EuroMaidan since Nov 29 2013. 

“He states that he was beaten up by special police units during a violent dispersal of protesters and then unlawfully detained on 30 November 2013. He complains in this respect of a violation of Article 3 (prohibition of inhuman or degrading treatment), Article 5 (right to liberty and security), Article 11 (freedom of assembly and association) and Article 13 (right to an effective remedy) of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Mr Sirenko also complains that the measures employed by the authorities to deal with the demonstrations have been in violation of his – and other protesters’ – rights under Article 3, Article 5, Article 8 (right to respect for private life), Article 11 and Article 13 (right to an effective remedy) of the Convention, and under Article 1 of Protocol No. 1 to the Convention (protection of property).”

The application was lodged on Jan 28 and the Government has been given until Feb 28 to provide written observations.

The application has been given priority under Rule 41.2.   The relevant norm states that “In determining the order in which cases are to be dealt with, the Court shall have regard to the importance and urgency of the issues raised on the basis of criteria fixed” 

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