Ukraine Has an 11 Thousand-Case Court Docket

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Last Friday the head of the European Court of Human Rights, Jean-Paul Costa arrived in Kyiv. Speaking to reporters, he noted that the number of cases from Ukraine, which are under consideration, is unusually large. The details now from our correspondents.

On a recent visit to Kyiv, the President of the European Court of Human Rights says there are more than 11 thousand cases from Ukraine.

[Jean-Paul Costa, President of the European Court of Justice]:
"More than 8% of pending applications concern Ukraine. Compared with the population of this country and the total number of inhabitants in Europe, this figure is higher than the average number of applications before the court."

On average, each year the European Court makes a decision on 600 appeals, which involve at least one violation of any Article of the Convention on Human Rights.

[Arkady Bushchenko, Chairman, Management Board of the Ukrainian Helsinki Union]:
"A lot of complaints involve the sixth article, concerning the failure of decisions, very long periods of consideration of court cases, both civil and criminal. There are a lot of complaints about the violation of property rights, in terms of social benefits."

In addition, a large number of complaints are related to torture, maltreatment, bad conditions of detention, as well as violation of freedom of expression and freedom of peaceful assembly.

In many Ukrainian cases, decisions by the European Court have not been fully completed.

[Nina Karpachova, ombudsman]:
"At the moment 95% of such decisions with regard to Ukraine are considered outstanding in full."

Ukraine ratified the Convention on Human Rights on 11 September 1997.

The country ranks fifth in the number of citizen applications to the European Court of Human Rights.

NTD News, Kyiv, Ukraine