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December 3, 2021

20 years since Romania joined ECHR

Titus Corlatean, Minister of Foreign Affairs, delivered the opening speech at the ‘Romania and the European Court of Human Rights – 20 years’ conference held Wednesday. He took the opportunity to stress the special role this international intergovernmental organization has played in Romania during this time.

“Any unbiased observer of Romania’s recent past can see that this twenty-year period has led to the progressive modernization of Romania, and the Council of Europe, and the European Court in Strasbourg implicitly, has been a true partner in this process,” the Foreign Affairs Minister said, according to mae.ro.

The diplomatic leader underlined the positive impact of ECHR’s rulings in certain Romanian trials on human rights compliance and the reform of the national judicial system.

“The status of land properties abusively taken during the Communist regime has had a sinuous evolution, with more or less fortunate legislative solutions found throughout the years. One thing is for certain – we now have a land ownership law which complies with the requirements of Article 1 of the Additional Protocol of the Convention,” Minister Titus Corlatean remarked.

He also emphasized the significance of the European Court of Human Rights’ protection system, while noting that the established standards should be equally upheld by all the states.

Referring to the Romanian citizen who was physically assaulted in the French locality of Pierrefitte-sur-Seine and the Romanian citizens’ right to fundamental freedoms, regardless of their ethnicity, the minister said, “The obligation to respect the human rights of each contracting party of the European Convention, including both Central and Eastern European states and the Western European states, which have a longer democratic tradition, is stipulated under the very first article. Article 2 guarantees the right to life of every person protected by law, and compels all the states, France included, to uphold these norms and act in accordance with the law.”

Titus Corlatean concluded his speech by evoking the Romania’s authentic 20-year partnership with the Council of Europe and the European Court of Human Rights.

“There are several unmistakable triumphs of the last20 years, but in the end, we must all focus on what is yet to be done, bearing in mind that the relationship with ECHR and the Council of Europe has allowed us to better understand ourselves as a nation and identify the Romanian society’s need for modernization,” the Foreign Affairs Minister said.

The Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, concluded November 4, 1950 and in effect since September 3, 1953, was signed by Romania on October 7, 1993, when our country joined the Council of Europe.


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