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Moldova ranks in list of countries that mostly delay ECHR judgment execution

The Council of Europe (CoE) Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg, regards procrastination of European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) judgment execution by governments of a number of countries, including Moldova, as inadmissible.
INFOTAG, 20 July 2011, 16:54

According to the CoE website, Hammarberg said in the recent issue of his Human Rights Comment that "a prompt, full and effective execution of the Court's judgments is key for the effective implementation of the European Convention's standards in domestic law".

"The standards and procedures are clear. Under Article 46 of the European Convention on Human Rights, states "undertake to abide by the final judgment of the Court in any case to which they are parties". The Council of Europe Committee of Ministers supervises the execution of the Court's judgments. It addresses the shortcomings identified by the Court in order to put an end to violations and prevent their recurrence", the CoE Commissioner for Human Rights said.

Besides Moldova, the list of countries admitting worrying delays in the implementation of ECHR judgments includes Russia, Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Poland, Romania, Turkey and Ukraine.

According to the Council of Europe, there are currently more than 9 thousand cases awaiting execution, which is half as many as indicator of 2004.

"Usually, executing a judgment is not limited to the payment of a certain sum of money, but to amend legislation and/or change practice", Hammarberg said, adding that delays in implementation mainly relate to cases of chronic non-enforcement of domestic judicial decisions, ill-treatment by law-enforcement officials and a lack of effective investigations thereof.

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