Failure to protect vulnerable young man's life in psychiatric hospital

Centre for Legal Resources on behalf of Valentin Campeanu v Romania (Appl. No. 47848/08)

  • Rule 9 submission by Georgiana Iorgulescu (Executive Director) and Georgiana Pascu (Programme Manager) of the Centre for Legal Resources (CLR), Romania
  • Action plan of the Romanian Government
  • Judgment of the European Court of Human Rights

The case concerns the authorities’ failure to protect the right to life of Mr. Câmpeanu, a young man of Roma origin, orphaned, HIV-positive and diagnosed with profound intellectual disability. The ECtHR found a substantial violation of Article 2 of the Convention in relation to severe shortcomings in the social and medical care afforded to the applicant before his death at the neuropsychiatric hospital. Under Article 46 of the Convention, the ECtHR indicated that Romania take the necessary general measures to ensure that persons with mental health problems in a situation comparable to that of Mr Câmpeanu are afforded independent representation, enabling them to have Convention complaints relating to their health and treatment examined before a court or other independent body.

The current state of execution and the latest domestic developments were presented by Georgiana Iorgulescu, Executive Director, and Georgiana Pascu, Programme Manager of the Centre for Legal Resources (CLR), Romania.

The CLR submission of 20 February 2017 to the CM in response to the revised action plan of the Romanian Government of 2 January 2017 can be found here.