MORE CASES IN STRASBOURG
1.552 cases from the Republic of Macedonia have been filed so far in the European Court of Human Rights, whereas 38 verdicts have been reached, affirming violations of some of the provisions stemming from the Convection for Protection of Human Rights, notes Mirjana Lazarova - Trajkovska, the only Macedonian judge in the Human Rights Tribunal in Strasbourg.
- The number of cases from Macedonia has increased and there's a tendency the number to rise. In early 2007 the total number of cases was at 700, whereas by the end of 2007 the number of registered cases reached 1.352. This year, 200 cases have been submitted before the Court, says Lazarova - Trajkovska.
Thus far, 38 verdicts have been reached, determining violations of some of the provisions of the Convection for Protection of Human Rights.
Out of the total number of cases, she adds, most of them end as cases that are unauthorised. Out of those which ended with reached verdicts, however, are mainly related with the right of fair trial, but there are some verdicts referring to the article 3 of the Convection i.e. torture prohibition. Several verdicts are referring to property protection. One case was closed with friendly settlement and the same procedure is under way for additional 20 cases.
Even though the bulk of the cases apply to the right of fair trial, at this moment before the Court there are cases in relation to the right of freedom and security, the right of respecting private and family life, freedom of expression, freedom of association, stressed Lazarova - Trajkovska.
Regarding the decision reached by the Court on registering the party of Macedonians in Bulgaria, OMO Ilinden Pirin, and whether there are instruments for Sofia to abide by the decision, the judge says the execution of verdicts is not within the Court's jurisdiction, but within the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.
- All verdicts reached by this Court are binding and there's no possibility for them to be avoided or not to be observed. There have been numerous attempts to ignore the Court's decisions and verdicts. This is an old international organisation that protects its dignity and every country is being monitored for every verdict. The instruments and mechanisms are in authorisation of the Committee of Ministers with a possibility of implementing them in every country for every verdict equally, says the Macedonian judge in the Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, Mirjana Lazarova - Trajkovska in an interview with MIA