According to Samopomich MP Ruslan Sydorovych, almost 30 thousand Ukrainians have filed complaints with the European Court of Human Rights seeking the execution of judicial decisions by the Ukrainian state.
“Having passed the nine circles of hell of our judicial system, Ukrainians cannot achieve execution of decisions. We are talking about thirty thousand complaints that have reached the ECHR. However, by various estimates, there are about 200 thousand Ukrainians who cannot have the decisions of Ukrainian national courts implemented. And it is the state that is the debtor in all those cases,” the lawmaker emphasizes.
He also cites statistics on the overall share of execution of judicial decisions in Ukraine, which is only 2-3%, that is, within the statistical error, “This is an absolutely shameful situation, and our European partners do not understand this. But the most disturbing thing in this situation is the fact that ordinary Ukrainians have no mechanism to obtain the truth and justice that they seek. Democracy and the rule of law are impossible without justice.”
A few days ago, there was a roundtable discussion in the Verkhovna Rada on the implementation of judicial decisions in Ukraine – both of national courts and the European Court of Human Rights. The purpose of the meeting was to consolidate the efforts of the Council of Europe, the Verkhovna Rada and the government for the sake of a systemic analysis of the problem.
“Engaging Ukrainian experts who know our reality, as well as international experts who know the best international practice, we want to analyze the state of things that is there in order to be able to actually take effective steps to improve this situation.
Because there is an enormous number of factors that do not allow executing judicial decisions in Ukraine. We have seven moratoriums that do not allow us to implement judicial decisions, a terrible system of executive service. In the end, even the Ministry of Justice recognizes this,” the MP notes.
Summing up, Ruslan Sydorovych stresses that unless Ukraine starts to move towards a radical change in the situation with the execution of judgments, citizens will continue to seek help in Strasbourg. “Yet, the greatest absurdity of this situation lies in the fact that even having the decisions of the ECHR Ukrainians still cannot achieve their execution.”