I have always thought that it's great to have such an institution and I still believe it is neccessary since it helps people that cannot turn to anybody else.
However, my belief in the complete righteousness of the ECHR has been shattered by one of their yesterday's decisions.
Basically, there was this guy in Bulgaria, who made a living (quite a good one) from stealing cars (many, many cars!) and selling them. He managed to hide very well for three full years despite being pretty high on the wanted list. He managed to avoid/escape from 3 spec-ops operations that aimed to catch him during this period.
Well, but four is a magical number. The fourth operation against him was kept as secret as possible to prevent corrupt cops from selling out information. However, when the spec-ops approach him, he sees that something's fishy. So he does what every self-respecting criminal would do and goes GTA style. He and his buddies get into two of their cars and try to escape: Full-speed, ignoring red lights through the some of the main streets of the Bulgarian capital. Oh, and of course they had their AK-47s (and a few other less impressive weapons) with military ammounts of ammo, which they put to full use against the cops.
After about 30 minutes our hero sees that there is little hope of fleeing with his car after one of the tires is shot by the police. He abandons his AK-47 in the car, but takes both his pistols as he tries to run away. Mr. Awesome (after emptying one of his guns at the police) actually manages to run for quite some time and finally hides in a building. The police is about to give up the chase, but a witness tells them where the guy is hiding.
A few minutes later Mr. "Badass Rampage in the big city" is carried out of the building with his hands cuffed behind his back and a hole gaping from his head.
Now the European Court of Human Rights ruled that he was denied his right to life. Are you serious!? Mr. "I'm the fucking king of the world" drove like crazy through a densely populated area and emptied several magazines of AK-47 as well as a clip of handgun endangering thousands of people.
One of the complaints of the ECHR is that the police did not try to negotiate with him before shooting him. WTF??? Negotiating? He had 3 years time to give up if he wanted to. He has escaped 3 times in past operations aimed at him. And during his last chase he had 90 minutes to decide that he wants to give up! Well, he didn't. Instead he went GTA / Rambo style.
Now his parents are supposed to recieve €30.000 as compensation for their loss. On various forums, people have expressed their opinion that they would gladly pay their taxes for such compensations if this is what it takes to get the scum off the streets.