House of Lords
“The positive obligation imposed on the state by article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights to prevent the infliction by third parties of inhuman or degrading treatment was not unqualified and absolute. It was an obligation to do all that was reasonably to be expected to avoid a real or immediate risk to an individual once the existence of that risk was known or ought to have been known.”
The Times, 19th November 2008
Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.