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Ukraine is among top five by number of applications to ECHR — lawyer 

6 June, 2024 Thursday
20:10

Lawyer Natalia Pushina commented on the numerous cases of Ukrainians who apply to European institutions in search of protection of their rights

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She said this on the Espreso TV channel.

"In terms of the number of cases considered and decided by the European Court of Human Rights on complaints against Ukraine, we have never been the last. Today, Ukraine is in the top five in terms of the number of applications to the ECHR, with 8,000 complaints recorded. Unfortunately, the trend is only getting worse, not better," the lawyer said.

The desire of our state to reform the judicial system in order to improve it and ensure the independence of judges has led to the opposite consequences, Pushina said.

"Individual court decisions, inactivity of the institutions controlling the judicial process, management of these processes by people who have little knowledge of it and are unwilling to do so, leads to crises in the judicial system and undermines trust in government agencies and the judiciary. Recently, we have noticed dissatisfaction with this crisis even among the part of Ukrainian society that supported the social demand for reprisals," she added.

Regarding a particular area of Ukrainian legal proceedings, in particular the consideration and resolution of motions by pre-trial investigation bodies, a total violation of the Criminal Procedure Code is coming to light, Pushina said.

"This is noted by almost all lawyers. The motions of investigating prosecutors to impose a preventive measure are not properly motivated and are not supported by any relevant evidence. Investigating judges mostly do not perform their function under the Criminal Procedure Code, and do not even read the documents. It is necessary to pay attention to the fact that the legislator should include in the law provisions aimed at establishing the objective truth of a particular subject of consideration by the court. The total disregard of only two articles of the Criminal Procedure Code by investigating judges results in poor quality court decisions, which leads to a critical decline in the quality of drafting procedural documents by pre-trial investigation bodies, and the consequence of the court decisions themselves, which is extremely negatively assessed by the ECHR," the lawyer summed up.

It should be noted that the European Court of Human Rights is currently considering 8,000 applications against Ukraine. 

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