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Romania ranks 6th among states with most complaints at ECHR

Romania ranks 6th among states with most complaints at ECHR

Romania ranks 6th in the top of the countries facing the most complaints to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), shows the 2015 report on the judiciary released by the Superior Council of Magistracy (CSM) on Wednesday.

The individual complaints against Romania pending before the ECHR mounted to 3,350 out of the total of 66,450 last year.

Therefore, Romania ranks sixth among the states with the most complaints, after Ukraine (with 13,500 complaints), Russia (9,000), Turkey (8,850), Italy (7,750) and Hungary (4,450),” reads the report.

In the cases against Romania, the ECHR gave 72 rulings last year when it tracked down at least one breach related to the human rights and freedom.

At the same time, the CSM report warns over the main vulnerabilities of the judiciary in Romania, arguing that the courts have identified the legislative instability and lack of predictability as the main vulnerabilities.

While the demands for the judiciary’s performance are on the rise, these performances cannot be always achieved only by the efforts of those involved in the system. Therefore, the judges keep on complaining of the system’s instability and the lack of legislative predictability as being the main vulnerabilities. They also complain of the incoherent and thick legislative framework, the lack of impact studies and of human and staff resources and also of the procedure norms not being harmonized with the decisions by the Constitutional Court. On the other hand, there is the need that the Constitutional Court’s interventions should occur in its authority limits,” reads the report.

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