Latvia summarizes human rights rulings in 2017

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Latvia's Representative to International Human Rights Organisations has presented a report on the work carried out in 2017 with an attachment (the documents in Latvian) to the Cabinet of Ministers, providing an overview of developments and rulings in 2017, representing the state of Latvia before the European Court of Human Rights (the Court) and the United Nations (UN), and promoting knowledge and awareness of human rights at the national level.

The number of rulings delivered by the Court in cases involving Latvia in 2017 was the same as the number of decisions and judgments in 2016, namely, 25 rulings in 34 cases: in 17 cases, the Court held that that there had been one or several violations of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (ECHR); in two cases, the Court approved an amicable settlement reached by the parties; in four cases, the Court accepted a unilateral declaration submitted by Latvia.

However, the number of cases dealt with by the Court in 2017 increased by eight cases, because in several rulings, similar cases were joined together. The number of new cases forwarded to the Government of Latvia has decreased, that is, in 2017, the Court sent six new cases to Latvia, asking to submit comments, which is by 14 cases fewer than in 2016, when there were 20 such instances.

By September 2018, the Court had notified Latvia of three new cases, requesting explanations. In 2017, the Court awarded applicants a total of EUR 166,394.

In 2017, the number of resolutions whereby the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe recognises that Latvia has executed the ECHR judgments had increased: in 2017, supervision over the execution of judgments was completed in 32 cases, which is 12 cases more than in 2016, when supervision over the execution of judgements was completed in 20 cases. Until 15 September 2018, supervision of the execution of the Court judgements had already been completed in 20 cases involving Latvia.

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