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May 14, 2021

JusMin Toader and ECHR President discuss prison overcrowding and detention conditions

Justice Minister Tudorel Toader and European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) President Guido Raimondi have discussed the implementation of the measures meant to solve the problem of prison overcrowding and detention conditions.

According to a communique posted on the ministry’s website on Wednesday, the two officials met on Tuesday, at the ECHR headquarters.

“The Romanian delegation presented the overtures carried out to implement the adequate general measures meant to solve the problem of prison overcrowding and detention conditions, in line with the principles of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, as stipulated by the pilot decision that the ECHR issued on 25 April 2017 in the ‘Rezmives and others versus Romania’ case. The Romanian Justice Minister underscored the Romanian authorities’ commitment to solving the structural dysfunctionalities that the ECHR noted in what concerns the Romanian prison system, the developments registered as a result of the measures adopted, as well as the measures expected to be adopted,” the source points out.

In his turn, the ECHR President pointed out the importance of continuing and developing the collaboration with the Romanian judicial authorities in order to ensure the highest standards of protection of fundamental rights.

“Both the President of the European Court of Human Rights and the representatives of the Court Registrar have outlined their good cooperation with Romanian judicial authorities, as well as their appreciation for the overture to hold meetings in order to present and analyse the Timetable of measures devised and approved by Romanian authorities. (…) University professor doctor Tudorel Toader, Justice Minister, (…) emphasised that the drafting of the Timetable, and of the measures it contains, was the result of a joint effort on the part of the Romanian Government, Justice Ministry, Foreign Affairs Ministry, Interior Ministry and Finance Ministry, being thus capable – given the institutional involvement and dialogue at both the national level and at the level of the Council of Europe – of solving the complex problems of the penitentiary system,” the communique reads.

The meeting was also attended, among others, by secretary of state Marieta Safta, ambassador Razvan Rusu – Romania’s permanent representative at the Council of Europe, and Patrick Titiun – head of the ECHR President’s private cabinet.

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