ECJR Rappaz v. Switzerland – continued detention of a prisoner on hunger strike and a decision to force-feed him – mantenimiento en prisión pese a la huelga de hambre y decisión de alimentación por medis forzosos

free-rappazECJR Rappaz v. Switzerland (application no. 73175/10) press release.

Judgment (from the press release): “the European Court of Human Rights has by a majority declared the application inadmissible. The decision is final.

The applicant, who had been imprisoned for various offences, embarked on a hunger strike n an attempt to secure his release.

In this case the Court held that the Swiss authorities had not failed in their obligation to protect the applicant’s life and to provide him with conditions of detention compatible with his state of health”.

Comment: in our view, if the court had ruled otherwise a hunger strike would be an automatic means to be released from prison even if release was the main reason of the hunger strike.

Sentencia (extracto tomado del resumen de prensa): El Tribunal Europeo de Derechos Humanos ha rechazado por mayoría el recurso. La sentencia es firme.

El recurrente, en prisión por varios delitos, inició una huelga de hambre en un intento por ser puesto en libertad.

En este caso, el Tribunal consideró que las autoridades suizas no habían dejado de cumplir su obligación de proteger la vida del recurrente y de ofrecerle condiciones de prisión compatibles con su estado de salud.

Comentario: en nuestra opinión, si el Tribunal hubiera llegado a otra conclusión habría convertido la huelga de hambre en un mecanismo automático para obtener la libertad incluso cuando su principal justificación estuviera en obtener dicha libertad.

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