Case Law - (13/06/2007)
Authority: National Courts House of Lords
Subject: With regard to the request of relatives of Iraqi citizens of instituting an independent Commission on the behaviour of British troops in Irak, also with the intent of establishing a possible compensation, the House of Lords deals with the relations between the Human Rights Act and the ECHR, representing two parallel systems of protection, national and international. The House of Lords states that the request of the claimants can base itself only on the Human Rights Act, which has extraterritorial effectiveness every time the British Authority acts abroad, but within British jurisdiction. For this reason it has only been admitted the claim of the relative of a citizen who died from acts of violence during detention, since the prison was run by British Authorities. For the other petitioners it has been indicated the possibility of the claim at Strasburg against the British Government.
Original language: English
Classification: Dignity - Art. 4 Torture - General provisions - Art. 53 Level of protection