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ECtHR begins delivering judgments in cases against Russia

24 June, 2024 Monday
14:40

On June 18, the European Court of Human Rights announced the date of its final judgment in the case of Ukraine v. Russia (concerning Crimea) in applications 20958/14 and 38334/18

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This will take place at an open meeting on June 25, 2024 at noon in Kyiv. I would like to remind you that statement 20958/14 was a consolidation of two statements, dated March 13, 2014 and August 26, 2015, respectively, which predictably covered a very wide range of human rights violations.

The application 38334/18 was filed on August 10, 2018, and focuses on Russia's persecution of political prisoners, not only in Crimea.

On May 7, 2018, the application 20958/14 was referred to the Grand Chamber of the ECtHR. On September 11, 2019, hearings on the admissibility of the application were held, in which Russia participated. In its judgment of December 16, 2020, the Court declared application 20958/14 "partially admissible", and in fact admissible in respect of the vast majority of charges against Russia.

At the hearing on December 13, 2023, the Court considered the merits of the 2014 and 2015 applications, which had already been declared admissible, as well as the admissibility and merits of the application on political prisoners and aspects of the deportation of “convicts.”

Since I have a good idea of the thoroughness and systematic nature of the work of the Ministry of Justice in this case, I predict an important and extremely painful decision for the aggressor. It will be very interesting to see how the Court will evaluate the arguments of 2015, which led to so many "very interesting things" later.

In practical terms, I would add that almost immediately after June 25, the European Court of Human Rights will likely issue a large number of judgments in individual cases against Russia and Ukraine over Crimea, which were obviously postponed by the Court until the interstate case was finalized.

There, some issues may become quite painful in measuring Ukraine's practical role in the de-occupation process by 2022.

Let's see.

It's coming.

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About the author. Borys Babin, Ukrainian scholar, public and political figure, PhD in Law, professor.

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