The Committee of Ministers today published the Annual Report for 2015 on its supervision of the execution of judgments and decisions of the European Court of Human Rights. In accordance with the European Convention on Human Rights, the Committee of Ministers is responsible for supervising the execution of the Court’s judgments by the states concerned.
The efforts engaged to bring to a successful conclusion the execution processes in pending cases led to a new record number of cases closed in 2015 (1,537 cases versus 1,502 in 2014). Many of the cases closed relate to long standing structural problems, notably the excessive length of judicial proceedings. The report also shows a further decrease in the total number of pending cases, which were 10,652 by the end of 2015.
These results illustrate the positive impact of the on-going efforts to guarantee the long term efficiency of the Convention system. However, challenges remain as regards the execution of cases revealing important structural problems, such as the control of the action of security forces or the conditions of detention.