Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2011] All ER (D) 199 (May)
Neutral Citation: [2011] EWHC 1246 (QB)
Court: Queen's Bench Division

Wyn Williams J

Representation Phillippa Kaufmann (instructed by Bhatt Murphy) for the claimants.
  Lord Faulks QC and Paul Stagg (instructed by Directorate of Legal Services for the Metropolitan Police) for the defendant.
Judgment Dates: 20 May 2011


Human rights - Infringement of human rights - Damages - Inhuman or degrading treatment - Slavery - Servitude - Claimant Nigerian nationals brought into United Kingdom from Nigeria illegally - Claimants subjected to inhuman and degrading treatment and held in slavery or servitude - Claimants claiming officers of defendant failing to undertake any investigation - Whether infringement of claimants' Convention rights - Whether claimants entitled to damages - European Convention on Human Rights, arts 3, 4 - s 8.

The Case

Human rights Infringement of human rights. The Queen's Bench Division held that there had been a violation of the rights of the claimants, four young Nigerian women, under arts3 and 4 of the European Convention on Human Rights where a number of the defendant's officers had failed to undertake any investigation into allegations that the claimants were subjected to inhuman and degrading treatment and that they were held in slavery or servitude. The claimants were each awarded 5,000 in respect of non-pecuniary damage.

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