EHRAC pushes for the full and effective implementation of international judgments in its cases to secure justice for those we represent and to help bring about positive improvements to human rights standards in our target region.
We advocate for change in close collaboration with international agencies and NGOs. Our aim is to ensure that domestic laws, policies, and practices are fully compliant with international human rights standards and that human rights violations do not reoccur.
Implementation of judgments
After we receive a judgment, we monitor its implementation. International bodies can request of states that they pay the victim compensation, reopen an investigation, quash a conviction, or even amend harmful national legislation or practices.
EHRAC drafts legal submissions and delivers briefings to international bodies to push states to make these changes, so that our applicants can achieve redress.
We collaborate with some of the world’s leading human rights organisations, providing context and evidence on human rights violations and calling on institutions to act.
We liaise closely with bodies such as the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, the Office of the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, and the UN Special Procedures.
Conviction of Azerbaijani human rights defender quashed
In April 2020, Azerbaijan’s Supreme Court quashed the conviction of the prominent human rights defender Rasul Jafarov, who was wrongfully imprisoned in 2015. Rasul, represented by EHRAC, previously won his case at the European Court of Human Rights, which ruled in March 2016 that his arrest and detention were aimed at punishing him for his human rights work. He was released from prison on the same day.
Root-and-branch domestic violence reform in Georgia
EHRAC, INTERIGHTS, and Article 42 jointly litigated the first ever domestic violence complaint against Georgia to be decided by an international body. This landmark case, which was brought before the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), was nominated for a Gender Justice Uncovered Award, and served as a catalyst for the Georgian Government to instigate widespread reforms aimed at ensuring a zero-tolerance policy towards violence against women.
Oleksandr Volkov was reinstated as a Supreme Court judge in 2015, after EHRAC successfully litigated his case at the European Court of Human Rights. The Ukrainian government also initiated substantial legislative and institutional reforms in order to improve the independence and impartiality of the judiciary. Oleksandr was sacked under the administration of President Victor Yanukovych in circumstances which involved a flagrant denial of justice. The European Court of Human Rights ruled that his dismissal had been biased and manipulated, in breach of his right to a fair trial, and his right to private and family life. The case marked the first time in which the Court has ever ordered a person’s reinstatement.
Advocacy and implementation Violence against women and girls
Root-and-branch domestic violence reform in Georgia.
Read our latest implementation submissions to the Council of Europe, and recent stories about EHRAC’s success in ensuring the implementation of judgments. Click here to search EHRAC’s resource library.
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