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 Nearly 10,000 judgments of the ECHR covering 46 countries have not been put into effect

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September 21, 2017

Nearly 10,000 judgments of the ECHR covering 46 countries have not been put into effect

Nearly 10,000 judgments of the European Court of Human Rights covering 46 countries have not been put into effect by the national governments, Politico.eu reports. 

“The most sophisticated system in the world for defending human rights is facing a test. So far, it’s failing,” the agency writes. 

The official decisions on some of these cases were made as far back as 1992, and they cover “all but one of the 47 member countries of the Strasbourg-based Council of Europe, the court’s parent body and the Continent’s leading human rights organization”.

 The failure to implement these judgments (described in the database of the Council of Europe in details) means that this practice continues across Europe, in many cases during many years after the decision about the violation of human rights was made. 

It is noted that one of the cases concerning Ilgar Mammadov, an opposition leader in Azerbaijan, may soon bring this problem to a much higher political level. 

It is known that as far back as 2014, the Court indicated violations, but despite this Mammadov is still in prison. 

Mammadov’s case is in the agenda of the next meeting of Council of Europe ministers this week. 

“The ministers face pressure to take the unprecedented step of sending the case back to the court for another judgment or even expelling Azerbaijan from the Council,” Politico notes. 

The website of the Council of Europe notes that the representatives of 47 member countries are going to hold a meeting on September 19-21 in order to check the execution of the judgments of the European Court of Human Rights. 

The cases, which are subject to the detailed study, concern the following countries: Albania, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, France, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Romania, the Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovenia, Macedonia, Turkey, Ukraine, and the UK. 

It should be noted that this week, the Council of Europe considers the fulfillment by Ukraine of the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights concerning the implementation by the Government of Ukraine of the decision on the case “Gongadze vs. Ukraine.” The decision on this case will be released on Friday. 

It has been informed earlier that Ukraine is among the countries with the biggest number of new cases initiated in 2016 in the European Court of Human Rights. It is almost twice as many as in 2015, when there were 57 of them.