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Court finds violations of boy's rights in rape case

The European Court of Human Rights ruled, in its judgment of the case C.A.S. and C.S. v. Romania (application n 26692/05), that the Romanian authorities should have carried out an effective investigation of the repeated rape of a seven-year-old boy and made sure he had counselling. The Court held that there had been a violation of Article 3 (prohibition of inhuman or degrading treatment and effective investigation) and of Article 8 (right to respect for private and family life and the home) of the European Convention of Human Rights.

During the Court's deliberations, it was pointed out that states had an obligation to ensure effective criminal investigation of cases involving violence against children, in maintaining their best interests and in protecting children against any form of abuse, including helping recovery and social integration of victims.

Press release of the case