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Netherlands can sue Russia over downed Malaysian airline flight, court rules – POLITICO


The Netherlands can take a case to the European Court of Human Rights over the Malaysia Airlines flight that was shot down over Russian-backed separatist territories in eastern Ukraine in July 2014, killing 298 people, the court heard. Wednesday.

The Dutch argued that, given its support for the self-declared republics of Lugansk and Donetsk, Russia was responsible for the accident, in which 196 Dutch nationals were killed.

The Netherlands argued that, given its support for the self-declared republics of Lugansk and Donetsk, Russia was responsible for the accident, which killed 196 Dutch nationals.

The court concluded that “the areas of eastern Ukraine in the hands of the separatists were, from May 11, 2014 until at least January 26, 2022, under the jurisdiction of the Russian Federation”, taking into account the political assistance , economic and military – including the deployment of troops – to the separatist territories.

Accordingly, the ECHR declared the Dutch complaint admissible. The same applies to a related case brought by Ukraine against Russia concerning alleged human rights violations committed by separatist and Russian forces in Lugansk and Donetskincluding attacks on civilians and forced labor.

The court will make a final decision at an unspecified later date.

Excluded from the Council of Europe, Russia has not been a party to the European Convention on Human Rights since last September. However, he can still be held liable for actions committed before that date.

If found guilty, Russia could be held responsible for the damage caused to the relatives of the victims.

Wilhelmine Preussen contributed reporting.



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