Bringing the Safarov issue to the European Court of Human Rights

My first non-election related post in weeks, enjoy!

The legal successors of Gurgen Margaryan, the victim of Ramil Safarov, are planning on taking the case of Safarov’s release to the European Court of Human Rights. This is definitely an interesting idea, but it’s a big question whether the family member will have standing. Did they suffer a legally recognized wrong from Hungary’s transfer of Safarov to Azerbaijan and Azerbaijan’s subsequent pardoning? They claim a violation of Article 2’s Right to Life and Article 14’s prohibition on discrimination. Unfortunately for the plaintiff, neither article seems like it recognizes a right for family members to challenge an international transference or a pardoning.

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