European Court of Human Rights Rules Against Hungary in Police Brutality Case
26 June 2012
“Budapest, Strasbourg, 26 June 2012: The European Court of Human Rights (Court) has ruled that Hungary violated the European Convention of Human Rights (Convention) in a case of excessive police violence against a Romani woman. In the case of Borbála Kiss v. Hungary, the Court found that Hungary violated Article 3 of the Convention, in a case brought by the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) and the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (HCLU).The Court awarded 5000 Euros in damages.
In September 2010 police were called to a family party at a private house in Tiszalúc, Hungary, at about 9:00 PM, where they asked partygoers to turn down their music. Half an hour later, the police came back and forcefully broke up the party, using truncheons and pepper spray. Ms Kiss, a Romani woman, intervened in a heated argument between the police and a man at the party. The police sprayed pepper-spray in her eyes, dragged her towards the police car and banged her against it. During the incident, Ms Kiss’ pullover was torn and her breasts were exposed.
The victims filed a criminal report against the police intervention, which was dismissed by Hungarian authorities…”