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State Compliance with the European Convention on Human Rights

Were you wondering about what claims are being brought before the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) and the level of compliance by each Member State of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) with its obligations under this Convention? Were you wondering about what are the most problematic aspects of a specific State’s national legal system? You can get some answers or at least some more information about these questions here. If you want specific information on violations by Article and Country for the period 1959-2010 see here. These documents have been prepared by the Public Relations Unit of the Court.

Through its graphs this document entitled ‘Statistics on judgments by State’ provides an overview of the judgments rendered by the European Court of Human Rights in the period 1959-2010. It is interesting to note that respect for the right to a fair trial and the issue of the length of the proceedings is rather problematic for a considerable number of European States. Thus, in total for the 47 Member States to the ECHR, 26% of the cases related to a violation on account of the length of proceedings and 20% of the cases to a violation of the right to a fair trial. That means that 46% of the admissible cases dealt with by the ECtHR, relate to violations of Article 6 (right to a fair trial).

What connects Bosnia, Liechtenstein, Monaco, and Montenegro? The ECtHR has found these countries in violation in 100% of the cases brought against them. To be fair, the bigger picture is not looking great either. Thus, for all 47 States, the ECtHR has found violations in 83% of the cases brought before it. A large number of cases, more precisely 96% of the cases brought before the Court against the 47 States, were either declared inadmissible or were struck out.

There is a lot of work to be done to improve the situation!!!

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