European Court Holds Russia, Cyprus Accountable for Trafficking
January 28, 2010 | Grantee News | Human Rights, Criminal Justice

The European Court of Human Rights found that Cyprus and Russia violated the rights of a 20-year-old Russian woman by failing to protect her from trafficking. The Court’s ruling further clarifies states’ obligations to protect against, as well as to investigate, trafficking. MacArthur grantee INTERIGHTS intervened in the case on behalf of the victim’s father, arguing the importance of cross-border cooperation in investigating incidents of trafficking. Oxana Rantseva was taken from Russia to Cypress, where she was sexually exploited in a cabaret, before she died after jumping from the apartment balcony of a cabaret employee. The Court ruled that both Russia and Cyprus failed to protect Rantseva from being trafficked, and that Cyprus did not adequately investigate her death. Cyprus was ordered to pay 40,000 euro in damages and Russia 2000 euro.

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