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Ostrovar v. Moldova [Moldova] [February 15, 2006]

A Moldovan national complained of violations of his human rights during his detention and imprisonment by the Moldovan government.  The plaintiff alleged that the overcrowded, unsanitary and smoke-filled facilities constituted inhumane and degrading treatment.  The plaintiff’s asthma was significantly aggravated by being held in a non-ventilated room with smokers for 23 hours per day.   He was further denied any medication for his condition.  He also alleged that he was denied contact with his family and access to an effective remedy for his complaints during his imprisonment.  The court ultimately held that his treatment, including his exposure to cigarette smoke, amounted to violations of the Human Rights Convention and assessed damages owed to the plaintiff of 4,500 euros.