ECtHR Communicated case: Qaateh and Others v. Greece (no. 59758/16), communicated on 20 January 2017

Friday, January 20, 2017

On 20 January 2017, the European Court of Human Rights communicated the case Qaateh and Others v. Greece (no. 59758/16), which relates to the treatment of two Syrian nationals with poor health conditions and their carer, also a Syrian national, upon arrival in Greece.
The first two applicants submitted an application to the ECtHR complaining that that the medical care provided to them since they arrived to Greece was inadequate and has resulted in the deterioration of their health, contrary to Article 3 ECHR. They also complain, under Article 8, that they never gave their free and informed consent to the various medical interventions carried out as they were never informed of them in a language they understood nor were they provided with an interpreter. The third applicant complains, under Article 3, that the Government’s failure to provide adequate medical care to the first two applicants caused him, as their carer, physical and psychological exhaustion that amounted to inhuman and degrading treatment. Lastly, all applicants complain, under Article 13, that they did not have an effective remedy at their disposal in respect of their complaints under Articles 3 and 8 of the Convention.

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