Applications to the European Court increased in 2017, mainly due to Turkey

There has been an increase in the number of incoming applications, mainly as a result of new cases brought against Turkey, said Guido Raimondi, the President of the European Court of Human Rights.

Raimondi presented on Thursday the Court’s results for 2017, at a press conference in Strasbourg, where the Court also released its annual activity report and its statistics for 2017.

According to the annual table of violations by country, the countries with the highest number of judgments against them finding at least one violation of the Convention, were Russia (305 judgments), Turkey (116), Ukraine (87), Romania (69), Bulgaria (39) and Greece (37).

Moreover, at 31 December 2017 the majority of pending cases were against Romania (17.6%), Russia (13.8%), Turkey (13.3%), Ukraine (12.6%) and Italy (8.3%).

Last year, a total of 52 applications were brought against Cyprus, with 16 being communicated to the interested parties, 3 found to be admissible, 9 sent to a single judge or committee and another 24 awaiting their first examination.

Also, in 2017 a total of 31 applications were allocated to a judicial formation and another 30 were declared inadmissible or struck out. Another 3 applications were communicated to the government of Cyprus and 3 judgements were delivered.

At the same time, 7,518 applications were filed against Turkey in 2017. The number of applications allocated to a judicial formation that year reached 25,978, up from 8,303 in 2016.

Moreover, Raimondi said that in 2017 there has been a considerable reduction in the volume of cases, due to a large number of applications declared inadmissible for failure to exhaust domestic remedies. While there had been some 80,000 applications pending before the Court at the end of 2016, this figure had fallen to approximately 56,000 by the end of 2017, a decrease of 30% he said.

President Raimondi highlighted finally the importance of the subsidiarity principle, which placed the member states at the forefront of protecting the rights and freedoms guaranteed by the European Convention on Human Rights.

Source: Cyprus News Agency