Several states ignore judgments of the Strasbourg Court
36 of the 47 Council of Europe member states are not fulfilling one of their central duty: they fail to fully implement within a reasonable time judgments of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasburg. This was revealed by the progress report of an expert of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), presented in front of the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights on 11 September 2009. Switzerland is not part of the belated states.
Implementing judgments normally means that the state concerned pays the victim the compensation directed by the Court, and changes its laws or practices to avoid a repetition of the violation. The PACE rapporteur Christos Pourgourides (Cyprus) said the increase of bleated countries "is a very bad trend and a matter of serious concern.”
All states who have ratified the European Convention on Human Rights are obliged to fully abide by the Court’s rulings. The Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers – made up of the 47 Foreign Ministers of its member states – has the duty of ensuring that the Court’s judgments are fully implemented.
- PACE rapporteur: 36 states failing to heed judgments of the Court
Press release of the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights, 11 September 2009
- Implementation of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights
Progress report, PACE website, 31 August 2009 (pdf, 22 pages)
- List of Strasbourg Court judgements not fully implemented more than five years after final delivery or otherwise raising important implementation issues with respect of 36 State Parties to the ECHR
Document AS/Jur (2009) 36 Addendum, PACE website, 31 August 2009 (pdf, 24 pages)