After the end of the Cold War and joining the Council of Europe, Ukraine has long received unsatisfactory evaluations from the European Court of Human Rights on various parameters, but now it has turned from a minor to the moral authority of Europe.
This was stated by ECtHR judge Mykola Hnatovskyi.
According to him, Ukraine used to belong to student states.
"A kind of class was formed from among the countries of Eastern Europe that joined the Council of Europe after the end of the Cold War, that learned from experienced states of democracy, the rule of law and human rights," Hnatovskyi noted, adding that in this class, Ukraine was consistently "the runner-up ". ". In particular, Ukraine received unsatisfactory evaluations from the ECtHR on various indicators, however, according to him, certain progress was being made.
However, he noted that pre-war Ukraine will no longer be Ukraine, it will be a fundamentally different Ukraine.
"Ukraine has already become the moral authority of Europe, a moral reference point, or, so to speak, the moral compass of Europe. Because it is nothing like a secondary school, which is ready to die for the right to be in the classroom and for the values it is taught, ready to give his life, ready to make any sacrifices in order to be a truly European state," the judge explained.
At the same time, he called the idea that there can be a free European state without human rights and the rule of law as misleading.
"Ukraine has human rights as part of its identity. And it's not just about the second chapter of the Constitution, but the fact that everything we fight for comes down to the values that are protected by the ECHR and preached by the Council of Europe. That's why no one mentors Ukraine anymore has no right to speak. And he won't, I'm sure. But that doesn't mean that there won't be help for Ukraine to build its democracy correctly," Judge Hnatovsky emphasized.
As reported, more than 10,000 complaints filed against Ukraine have been registered in the European Court of Human Rights. Ukraine ranks third in the number of cases in the ECHR.