Judgment concerning France

Main hearing room of the Human Rights building

In the case of B.M. and Others v. France the Court held that there had been a violation of the prohibition of inhuman or degrading treatment and of the right to an effective remedy in the three applications on account of the applicants’ material conditions of detention and the absence of an effective remedy.

The case concerned the detention conditions at Fresnes Prison and whether an effective remedy was available for the purpose of seeking their improvement. Five out of the six applicants also complained about the full body-search routine to which they were subjected when leaving the prison visiting rooms.

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