The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has made a decision in a lawsuit that was filed by a group of pensioners from the occupied territories of Donbas who sued the Ukrainian government in late 2014. They were demanding the reinstation of their pension payments.
This was announced by Deputy Minister of Justice - Commissioner for the European Court of Human Rights in the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine Ivan Lishchyna.
The applicants complained of a violation of Art. 6 of the Convention (right to a fair trial) and Art. 1 of the First Protocol (right of ownership) in connection with non-enforcement of a court decision in their favor. The ECtHR declared the application inadmissible as manifestly ill-founded.
"In view of the above, the Court accepts the Government's argument that the State could not reasonably be obliged to enforce the decision by applying actions that were not clearly indicated by the court while making the decision, and that the applicants could and should have brought separate actions against the defendants. Besides that, it does not follow from the circumstances of the case, and the applicants do not claim that filing such claims would be an additional burden for them," the statement said.
As we reported earlier, in September, UN Human Rights Coordinator in Ukraine Osnat Lubrani drew attention to the problems of 1.2 million vulnerable residents of Donbas who have been facing a lot of adversity due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.