When member states don’t comply with democratic rules…

Implementing ECHR (European Court of Human Rights) judgments: latest decisions from the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers

At the left, the European Parliament, ar the right, the European Court of Human Rights - this is Europe in Strasbourg! Foto: CherryX per Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA 3.0

(PR / Red) – The Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers has reviewed, case by case, the implementation of judgments and decisions from the European Court of Human Rights. The Committee has now published the full list of cases reviewed, together with the corresponding indications on how the concerned countries are to react.

The Committee has adopted 39 decisions concerning 19 member states at the end of its quarterly human rights meeting in Strasbourg, including one Interim Resolution concerning Azerbaijan.

Final Resolutions** were adopted by the Committee in respect of 81 judgments and decisions from the European court, concerning 11 different states. The Committee also adopted an indicative list of cases to be examined at its next meeting on the execution of judgments, which will take place in June 2020.

Under Article 46 of the human rights convention, judgments from the European Court of Human Rights (which depends on the Council of Europe) are binding on the states concerned. The Committee of Ministers oversees the execution of judgments on the basis of information provided by the national authorities concerned, NGOs and other interested parties.

No member state of the Council of Europe can simply ignore the decisions of the European Court, but very often, the member states try. It is of paramount importance that the judgments of the court are regularly reviewed and that the Council of Europe has the authority to impose sanctions and deadlines to the concerned member states. Once more, it is obvious that the Council of Europe is THE European institution monitoring the implementation of European and democratic values all over Europe. But then again, what are the other European institutions doing to assure that EU member states comply to basic democratic rules?…

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