President Dalia Grybauskaitė met with Vice-President of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) Linos-Alexander Sicilianos and ECHR judge Egidijus Kūris. Enhancing human rights protection, challenges posed to the rule of law and cooperation with the ECHR were discussed at the meeting.
According to the President, with military aggression in Ukraine ongoing and with the evidence of boldfaced demonstration of military power in Europe, the role of the ECHR is paramount. Strong and reliable protection of human rights helps harnessing aggression and enhances the basis for continental peace and security.
The President also underscored that cynical attempts to disregard the authority of the European Court of Human Rights undermined the principles of the rule of law and could not be justified. Respecting the values enshrined in the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms and the ECHR decisions that defend them is the obligation of each democratic state.
Presently, some 4000 cases are processed at the ECHR regarding human rights violations in Crimea occupied by Russia and in the Eastern Ukraine devastated by military aggression.
Lithuania closely cooperates with the ECHR and consistently supports reforms aimed at ensuring more effective work of the ECHR. Lithuania has ratified the additional protocols to the Convention that allow national courts to request the Court to give advisory opinions and assist in a more efficient application of the ECHR recommendations in the case-law of national courts. According to Dalia Grybauskaitė, close cooperation with the ECHR is important for Lithuania aiming to continue enhancing the protection of human rights and improving its legal system.