Annual report on the implementation of ECHR rulings: Significant progress, but important challenges remain

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The latest annual report from the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers highlights significant progress on implementing rulings from the European Court of Human Rights in 2023, whilst underlining that several important challenges remain.

According to the report, the Committee of Ministers was able to close 982 cases during the year following steps taken by member states. This included 180 ‘leading’ cases requiring specific, and often wide-ranging, measures to make sure the same human rights violations did not happen again.

The total number of cases against member states pending before the Committee on 31 December 2023 was 3,819, of which 1,071 were leading cases(*). This figure remained relatively stable over the course of the year, despite a high number of new cases being transmitted to the Committee by the Court.

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(*) Figures concerning the Russian Federation, which is no longer a member of the Council of Europe, have been separated from those related to member states for the first time in this year’s report.

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