Judgment concerning Croatia

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In the case of Vučković v. Croatia the Court held that there had been a violation of the prohibition of inhuman and degrading treatment and of the right to respect for private and family life.

The case concerned the sexual assaults that the applicant, a nurse, suffered at the hands of an ambulance driver colleague while working shifts together. Her assailant was sentenced to 10 months’ imprisonment, but that sentence was commuted to community service on appeal.

The Court found it concerning that the appellate court had chosen to replace the prison sentence with community service without giving adequate reasons or considering in any way the interests of the victim. Such an approach suggested that the Croatian courts were lenient in punishing violence against women.

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