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#Official Commentary of Alexey Zhigulin on fact that Ukraine’s being worst in paying compensation on ECHR decisions

Yesterday, the report of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe was published stating that Ukraine in 2016 became one of the leading countries to which the maximum number of claims was filed and, at the same time, is an outsider for payments in favour of the applicants according to the decisions of the European Court of Human Rights.

In 2016, the European Court of Human Rights awarded 1.2 million euros in claims against Ukraine. Almost every fifth decision of the ECHR, after which the payment was not paid on time, was Ukrainian.

Such information indicates first of all that Ukraine ignores international law, of which the European Convention for Human Rights is an integral part. Against this backdrop, the surprising fact is that the European Parliament is still seriously discussing the possibility of European integration of this country, moreover, we hear statements from Europoliticians that Ukraine is successfully implementing the reforms envisaged by the agreement on association with the EU, and the European Parliament even approved visa-free travelling.

Nevertheless, it is obvious that Ukraine is not economically able to implement the decisions of the European Court of Human Rights.

In the legal sense, I can note that the very fact of Ukraine’s leadership in terms of the number of claims it from its own citizens also indicates that the Ukrainian legal system is crumbling, as the applicant has the right to apply to the ECHR when they have exhausted possibilities to achieve justice in the national jurisdiction, having passed all instances of the judicial process. After all, it is the inability of the state to restore its right to compel people to turn to international jurisdiction. Indeed, it is the inability of the state to restore the right compels people to turn to international jurisdiction.

There is a fear that with such statistics, promulgated by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, it may happen that thousands of sent forms in the ECHR from residents of the Donetsk People’s Republic, who suffered from Ukraine’s aggression, may also remain unfulfilled.

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