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In the case of Daraibou v. Croatia the Court held that there had been two violations of the right to life/investigation.

The case concerned a fire that broke out in the basement room of a police station, which at the time had acted as an illegal-migrant detention centre. Three migrants detained in the room had died in the fire and the applicant, also a detained migrant, had suffered severe injuries.

The Court found that the police station and its personnel had clearly been ill-prepared to deal with the outbreak of a fire, and that a number of questions have been left unanswered, despite a prompt start to the investigation. Moreover, no attempt had been made to establish whether there had been broader institutional shortcomings which could have prevented a similar such tragedy happening again in the future.

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