Ruslan Sydorovych: All rights guaranteed by the European Convention on Human Rights are not fulfilled in Ukraine

As stated by Samopomich MP Ruslan Sydorovych during his speech in the parliament, in 1995 Ukraine became a member of the Council of Europe; in 1997 the Convention on the Protection of Human Rights was ratified. In 2006 Ukraine adopted a law on the implementation and application of the practice of the European Court of Human Rights, and at the same time, according to a resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers, the post of government commissioner for decisions of the European Court of Human Rights was created.

“What has changed ever since?” Almost nothing! Today we have an extremely deplorable situation. Unfortunately, all the rights guaranteed by this convention – to a fair trial, freedom of peaceful assembly, respect for human dignity, and many other rights without which no one can have a decent life – are not being fulfilled.

Unfortunately, today Ukraine is keeping a sad lead – the second place in the Council of Europe regarding the non-implementation of the decisions of the European Court of Human Rights. Out of approximately 10,000 cases that are monitored by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe – 1, 296 are about Ukraine. Just thing about this figure. Only 123 cases have been withdrawn from monitoring. Moreover, the governmental commissioner for the implementation of the decisions of the European Court of Human Rights does not even know the exact list of the decisions he will have to fulfill,” said Ruslan Sydorovych.

The people’s deputy notes that this week the parliament considered a bill aimed at implementing a decision of the European Court for the first time.

“This decision concerned the prohibition of strikes. But is this the biggest problem? Of course, Ukrainian citizens and workers should have the right to hold free strikes. But we have a lot of other problems. The right to a fair trial, which is not implemented in accordance with the quasi-judicial reform which today has completely discredited itself in the society,” notes Ruslan Sydorovych.

Consequently, the people’s deputy demands from the government commissioner for the implementation of the decisions of the European Court of Human Rights to come to the parliamentary hall and report to the Verkhovna Rada and all Ukrainian people about what the government is going to do to ensure that the guarantees set forth in the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights will be implemented in Ukraine.

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