Stanev v Bulgaria

9 March 2017: Rusi Stanev sadly passed passed away last night in his sleep. Click here for MDAC's tribute to this extraordinary man.

Mr Stanev in front the European Court of Human Rights, Strasbourg @MDAC

The applicant, Rusi Stanev, was placed under partial guardianship in 2000 and sent to a social care institution by his guardian in 2002. He has never been able to legally challenge either of these measures in domestic courts. In his application to the European Court, he complains of this lack of access to justice as well as the substantive issues of deprivation of liberty and restrictions on his right to a private life and of ill-treatment due to the horrible conditions in the social care institution.


MDAC and the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee represented Mr Stanev during the proceedings.






Winter 2012:              MDAC Executive Director's article in the Human Rights Brief

29 February 2012:     guest comment on the Strasbourg Observers blog by MDAC Litigation Director

06 February 2012: Bulgaria pledges to shut mental health homes

20 January 2012:       post on "The Small Places" blog

17 January 2012:       MDAC information bulletin on the judgment

17 January 2012:       judgment of the Grand Chamber

09 February 2011:     webcast of the Grand Chamber hearing

07 December 2010:   Interights' third party intervention

29 June 2010:            decision on admissibility

10 November 2009:   webcast of the Chamber hearing


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