Enforced disappearance in Chechnya

Israilova and Others v Russia (Appl. No. 4571/04)

  • Decision of the Committee of Ministers, December 2016
  • Judgment of the European Court of Human Rights

The case concerns enforced disappearance of the applicant's son and is being reviewed by the Committee of Ministers as a part of the Khashiyev and Akayeva group. The Court found violations of Article 2 (right to life), Article 3 (prohibition of inhuman or degrading treatment), Article 5 (right to liberty and security), and Article 13 (effective remedy) in respect to a violation of Article 2 of the Convention. As reported by the applicant's legal representatives, in May 2015, the applicant has been informed that her son's remains had been found. According to an expert forensic examination conducted in October 2015, the authorities have determined with close to 100% accuracy that the remains found belong to the applicant’s son. However, the remains have still not been handed over to the applicant for burial. 

Information on the latest developments in the case and suggested questions to the Russian Government were presented by Diana Kostina of the Russian Justice Initiative.  

Submission of the Russian Justice Initiative on the developments related to the remains of the applicant's son under rule 9(2) of the Rules of the Committee of Ministers can be found here

The Committee's decision on the Khashiyev and Akayeva group adopted at its 1273 CM-DH meeting can be found here.