Monday, January 31, 2011
The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) held its annual press conference on January 27, at which time it issued is annual report for 2010. The report presents a summary of the Court's activities during the last year. The President of the ECtHR and the President of the European Court of Justice also issued the first ever joint statement by these presidents concerning the upcoming accession of the European Union to the European Convention on Human Rights.
Some of the more interesting statistics from 2010 include the fact that approximately 61,000 new applications were filed and the Court had almost 140,000 petitions pending on January 1, 2011. More than half of the new applications were filed against one of four countries: Russia, Turkey, Romania or Ukraine, and more than one-third of the Court's judgments were filed against one of those same four states in 2010. The Court delivered almost 1,500 judgments in total during 2010. The most common violations found by the Court were violations of Article 6 (right to fair trial), article 5 (right to liberty and security, article 2 (right to life) and article 3 (prohibition on torture and other inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment).
More information may be found on the ECtHR website.