Ward v. United Kingdom

Submitted by Kelly Russo on Wed, 11/10/2004 - 00:00
Regional Decisions
European Court

The European Court of Human Rights held that the United Kingdom did not violate Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights by failing to protect applicant and other residents of gypsy site from noise and pollution because the disturbances were not the result of State activity or linked to any unlawfulness in domestic terms. The Court found that the State has taken measures to improve the situation on the site by banning petrol leaded petrol and is under no obligation above and beyond existing domestic law. Furthermore, the Court found that the applicant and his family chose to live on the site and remain there, fully aware of the conditions, and have not established the lack of other alternatives.