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Italian police tortured Genoa G8 protesters, ECHR rules for the second time
26.6.17
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The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that 42 demonstrators were tortured by Italian police officers during protests againts the Genoa G8 summit in 2001, following a seperate ruling in 2015 that reached the same conclusion.

See: The treatment to which the applicants were subjected during an anti-globalisation demonstration amounted to torture (ECHR press release, pdf):

"In today’s Chamber judgment1 in the case of Bartesaghi Gallo and Others v. Italy (applications nos. 12131/13 and 43390/13) the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been:

a violation of Article 3 (prohibition of torture and inhuman or degrading treatment) of the European Convention on Human Rights.

The case concerned the ill-treatment to which 42 demonstrators were subjected by police officers inside a school, in the context of an anti-globalisation demonstration organised to coincide with the 27th summit of the eight major industrialised countries (G8).

The Court found in particular that the treatment to which the applicants had been subjected should be regarded as torture, on account of the “severe” physical and psychological suffering it had caused them and its particularly serious and cruel nature. The applicants had been both victims of and witnesses to the use of uncontrolled violence by the police, with officers systematically beating each of the school’s occupants, including those who were lying down or sitting with their hands up, despite the fact that the occupants had not committed any act of violence or resistance against the police.

The Court, noting that the domestic procedure in question was the same procedure that had led to a finding of a violation in the case of Cestaro v. Italy2, therefore saw no reason to depart from its findings in that case, including with regard to the shortcomings of the Italian legal system concerning the punishment of torture."

See the judgment (French only): Bartesaghi Gallo et autres c. Italie (applications 12131/13 and 43390/13, pdf)

On the 2015 ruling, see: Italy/ECtHR: 2001 Genoa G8 police beating in the Diaz-Pertini school was torture - Italy contravened art. 3 of the ECHR in case involving 62-year-old beaten during police operation (pdf) by Yasha Maccanico

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