Twelve years after the murder of human rights activist Natalia Estemirova in Russia’s unpredictable North Caucasus area, the European Court of Human Rights stated the case had actually not been completely examined.
Europe’s leading rights court, based in Strasbourg, condemned Russia for its handling of the examination and purchased 20,000 euros (23,600 dollars) be paid to the victim’s sis.
According to the court, there was no proof of state participation in the murder of Estemirova, a reporter and worker of the human rights company Memorial.
However, there were doubts about the quality of the detectives’ analysis of the proof and their last conclusions, the court stated.
It likewise stated the Russian federal government had actually declined to turn over much of the investigative files associated with the case.
Estemirova was discovered shot dead in July 2009 in Russia’s conflict-ridden North Caucasus area. She had actually consistently sustained the rage of the area’s pro-Moscow rulers with important reports about the disappearance of civilians in Chechnya.
Investigators at the time blamed an Islamist for the criminal activity, however activists stated they did not think that theory.
The European Court of Human Rights belongs to the Council ofEurope Together, these bodies, which are independent of the European Union, work to secure human rights in the 47 member states.
Russia is likewise a member of the Council of Europe and hence bound by the Human Rights Convention and the court’s judgments.
However, the Council of Europe has relatively little power to impose execution of its Court’s judgments.