Complaints to ECHR on the rise

Complaints to Strasbourg’s European Court of Human Rights rose by 7 per cent in 2010, the court’s president Jean-Paul Costa confirmed today.

He said the total number of applications dealt with by court staff had increased by some 16%.

Some 3,600 decisions regarding urgent interim measures on asylum and immigration issues represented an increase of 53% on the previous year.

The court’s annual table of violations by country for last year revealed that Turkey had the highest number of judgments finding at least one violation of the Convention recorded against it (278).

Russia with 217 judgements was second, Romania (143) third, Poland (107) fourth, Ukraine (109) fifth and Italy (98) was in sixth place in the court’s rankings.

“The Court still faces serious problems with its case-load,” said Costa. “We will be building on the reforms introduced in 2010 to make the Court more effective and efficient.”

Annual Report


In 2010, the Court delivered 1,499 judgments concerning 2,607 applications. A total of 41,183 applications were decided in 2010.

The court’s output is such that more than 93% of the Court’s judgments since its creation in 1959 have been delivered between 1998 and 2010.

Backlog of pending cases now at 140,000

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