European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France

Another 260 judicial complaints against Portuguese State filed with European Court of Human Rights

Another 260 complaints against justice meted out in Portugal were filed with the European Court of Human Rights last year.

Bearing in mind these complaints can only be lodged once affected parties have exhausted all avenues open to them in this country (which usually takes years of legal to-ing and fro-ing), they will be referring in the main to ‘very old’ cases.

Giving one of its condemnatory ‘thumbs down’ to outgoing Justice Minister Francisca van Dunem, tabloid Correio da Manhã explains that the new influx of complaints bring the total number waiting for answers in Strasbourg to 291. 

Since Portugal adhered to the system of the European Convention of Human Rights (1978), the court has delivered 364 rulings relating to justice in this country – the crushing majority (278) finding the violation of at least one right.

Only 21 found that there had been no violations of any human rights.

On this basis, it is fair to deduce that the majority of cases waiting to be heard will also find against the Portuguese State.

Lusa has listed the most common violations (144 of the 364) as having been for the “length of the process” (meaning how long people actually have to wait for justice in this country to deal with their issues). The second most common violations were for “deficiencies in the protection of the right to property” (48), followed by “deficiencies in the right to a fair trial” (42).

The European Court of Human Rights was founded in 1959 to protect the European Convention on Human Rights drafted nine years previously (entering in force in 1953).