The Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) will hand over to the Grand Chamber of the Court four "Ukraine vs. Russia" cases, which deal with human rights violations in Crimea annexed by Russia and on the territories of Donbas that are not controlled by Ukraine. This was reported in the press service of the ECHR.
"The Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights, which considers four interstate declarations filed by Ukraine against Russia, decided to renounce jurisdiction over them in favor of the Grand Chamber," the report said.
We recall, the ECHR Chamber may waive its jurisdiction in favor of the Grand Chamber under certain circumstances. In particular, if a case of the ECHR Chamber touches the issue of interpretation of the European Convention on Human Rights or its protocols, as it is the case of Ukraine.
There are 17 judges in the Grand Chamber, while 7 judges of the ECHR rule on standard cases. The Grand Chamber is authorized to consider only those cases that were transferred to it.
At the moment, the ECHR received 5 lawsuits against Russia. Two cases concern the annexation of Crimea and the violation of human rights on the peninsula, two more - violations in the Donbas. It was also reported that before the end of June Ukraine intends to file another case against Russia. It is noted that the new lawsuit will concern the protection of the rights of political prisoners.