Degrading treatment

The claims of degrading treatment raise a serious issue and they must be substantiated by clear evidence of violation, suffering or anguish. In addition, such a treatment must involve a high degree of suffering of a victim to establish a breach of Article 3 of the European Convention. Given that none of the appellants had provided evidence substantiating their claim of a violation of the right not to be subjected to torture, inhuman or degrading treatment, the Constitutional Court dismissed those claims as ill-founded.

•    Decision on Admissibility and Merits No. U 22/03 of 26 March 2004, paragraph 24, published in the Official Gazette of Bosnia and Herzegovina, 24/04; criminal proceedings – statements obtained by coercive police methods