Original language

French

Country
European Union
Date of text
Status
Decided
Type of court
International court
Sources
Court name
European Court of Human Rights
Reference number
46771/99
Tagging
Human Rights
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Mineral resources
Legal questions
Justice(s)
POPOVI, D.
COSTA, J.-P.
BAKA, A.B.
CABRAL BARRETO, I.
CABRAL BARRETO, R.
BUTKEVYCH, V.
JOCIENE, D.
Abstract
The case concerns the granting of permits to operate a goldmine. The applicants, and other inhabitants of Bergama, asked for the permit to be set aside, citing the dangers of the cyanidation process used by the operating company, the health risks and the risks of pollution of the underlying aquifers and destruction of the local ecosystem. The Court concluded a violation of Articles 6-1 (right to a fair trial) and 8 (right to respect for private and family life); it was not necessary to examine separately the complaints under Articles 2 (right to life) and 13 (right to an effective remedy.