Di Sarno and Others v. Italy

Submitted by Kelly Russo on Wed, 01/11/2012 - 00:00
Regional Decisions
European Court

The European Court of Human Rights held that Italian authorities violated Articles 8 and 13 of the European Convention on Human Rights due to their failure to ensure proper waste collection treatment and disposal for the residents of the municipality of Somma Vesuviana, in Campania. Articles 8 and 13 recognize the right to respect for private lives and homes, and the right to procure effective domestic legal remedies in the event of a violation, respectively. The Court held that, prior to May of 2008, there existed a "waste crisis" in Campania, in which the environment was polluted by the accumulation of rubbish on the streets due to the State's failure to enact appropriate regulatory measures regarding waste management, and therefore held the State accountable for damages sustained by area residents.