Nachova v. Bulgaria

The European Court of Human Rights invoked article 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights for the first time in their verdict in Nachova v. Bulgaria.

This verdict analyses the murder of two Roma men in Bulgaria who were shot in the back by police constables. Witnesses stated that the constables had made racist remarks to the men before the incident.

The offenders’ racist motivation was not recognised until the European Court of Human Rights acknowledged it in their verdict.

‘[T]he [Bulgarian] authorities failed in their duty under Article 14 of the Convention taken together with Article 2 to take all possible steps to investigate whether or not discrimination may have played a role in the events.’

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