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Dolores Utrilla
14th September 2021
Data, Tech & IP Human Rights

ECtHR: right to private life imposes on national authorities an obligation to protect victims of domestic abuse from cyberviolence

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has handed down its Chamber judgment in Volodina v. Russia (no. 2) (application no. 40419/19), ruling that the Russian authorities breached the right to respect for private life under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) by failing to protect a domestic abuse victim from her partner’s cyberviolence.

The case concerns a Russian national who separated from her partner, an Azerbaijani national, in 2015. He later became abusive and in a previous judgment (Volodina v. Russia) the ECtHR found that the Russian authorities had failed to protect the applicant from her partner’s repeated domestic violence. In this second case, the applicant alleged that the Russian authoritie


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