Eremia and Others v. the Republic of Moldova
In the Chamber judgment in the case of Eremia and Others v. the Republic of Moldova (application no. 3564/11), which is not final, the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been: a violation of Article 3 (prohibition of inhuman and degrading treatment) of the European Convention on Human Rights in respect of Ms Lilia Eremia, and a violation of Article 8 (right to respect for private and family life) in respect of her two daughters, a violation of Article 14 (prohibition of discrimination) read in conjunction with Article 3 in respect of Ms Lilia Eremia.
The case concerned the applicants’ complaint about the Moldovan authorities’ failure to protect them from the violent and abusive behaviour of their husband and father, a police officer. The Court held that, despite their knowledge of the abuse, the authorities had failed to take effective measures against Ms Eremia’s husband and to protect his wife from further domestic violence. It also considered that, despite the detrimental psychological effects of her daughters witnessing their father’s violence against their mother in the family home, little or no action had been taken to prevent the recurrence of such behaviour. Finally, the Court found that the authorities’ attitude had amounted to condoning violence and had been discriminatory towards Ms Eremia as a woman.