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European Court of Human Rights

Israel is not a European country and therefore not party to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). Nevertheless, it is worth mentioning that the ECHR recognized the right to compensation for the denial of land use and access to property in the Loizidou v. Turkey case. The court required compensation not only for financial losses resulting from a denial of access, but also non-pecuniary damage for what it termed ‘the anguish and feelings of helplessness and frustration which the applicant must have experienced over the years from not being able to use her property as she saw fit’. The court awarded damages on these grounds to Mrs. Loizidou, even though the property in question had not been used as her abode.

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