“This is a long-awaited and positive move,” said Holly Cartner, Europe and Central Asia director for Human Rights Watch. “Now more people in Russia and all of Europe will have better access to justice through the European Court.” (…)
Human Rights Watch said that this aspect of the reform could prompt Russia to implement fully European Court judgments on abuses in Chechnya. More than 115 such rulings have held Russia responsible for enforced disappearances, extrajudicial executions and torture, and for failing to investigate these crimes properly.
Human Rights Watch found that while Russia has paid the monetary compensation awarded by the court, in many of the cases it has failed to ensure effective investigations into the abuses and to hold perpetrators accountable.