Guerra and Others v. Italy (Grand Chamber)

Submitted by Kelly Russo on Fri, 02/20/1998 - 00:00
Regional Decisions
European Court

The European Court of Human Rights held that Italy violated Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights by failing to disseminate legally required information about an environmentally hazardous chemical factory to residents nearby. Article 8 recognizes the right to respect for private lives and homes. The Court held that the State delayed relaying information regarding the environmental effects of the production of fertilizers to nearby residents that would have enabled them to assess the risks they would be assuming by continuing to live in the town of Manfredonia, which was now particularly exposed to danger in the event of an accident at the factory. Accordingly, the Court held that the State did not fulfill its obligations to the applicant under Article 8.