Today, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights unanimously held that there has been a violation of article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) in the case Jaloud vs the Netherlands. This also means that the argument, raised by the Netherlands and (intervening party) the United Kingdom, that the ECHR did not apply to the Dutch military contingent in Iraq at the time, was dismissed by the Court.
The case concerns a fatal shooting incident in Iraq on 21 April 2004 involving Dutch soldiers. Mr Azhar Sabah Jaloud lost his life in the incident. The father of the victim, who had initiated the case, was represented by lawyers Liesbeth Zegveld and Wil Eikelboom.
Read the press release by the ECHR here.
- Judgment, Jaloud vs the Netherlands (application no. 47708/08)