Ukraine Ranks Third in ECHR Case Count

by Roman Cheplyk
Thursday, January 25, 2024
Ukraine Ranks Third in ECHR Case Count

Ukraine has been ranked third in terms of the number of cases filed with the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), as nearly two-thirds of the cases currently under the Court’s review involve three countries, including Ukraine

This information was shared by the President of the ECtHR, Siofra O'Leary, in Strasbourg, as reported by a "European Pravda" correspondent.

Over the last year, the ECtHR has made significant strides in reducing its backlog of pending cases. From an initial count of over 74,500 cases, the registry now stands at approximately 68,500.

Turkey leads the list as the state with the highest number of cases filed against it, contributing to over 34% of all applications in the ECtHR's register, with a total of 23,400 applications. The majority of these cases pertain to the persecution of Gulenists following the 2016 coup attempt, with 96% of the Turkish cases linked to this period.

Russia and Ukraine collectively account for another 31% of the cases. Despite Russia's expulsion from the Council of Europe in 2022, it remains liable for violations committed during its membership. Consequently, new complaints against Russia continue to arise, placing it second in the register with 12,450 cases (18.2%).

Ukraine, with 8,750 cases (12.8% of the total), has not seen a significant change in the nature of cases filed against it following the full-scale invasion. The President of the Court highlighted various charges, including those under Article 2 regarding the right to life, Article 3 pertaining to conditions of detention, Article 5 on deprivation of liberty, among others. Additionally, there have been numerous complaints about the perceived bias within the Ukrainian judicial system in recent years.

This standing of Ukraine in the ECtHR emphasizes the ongoing challenges and complexities faced by the nation in its legal and human rights landscape.

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