Romania submitted, on Friday, to the Registry of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) the request for intervention in favour of Ukraine, in the case brought by this state against the Russian Federation at the Court, on February 28, informs a press release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) sent to Agerpres.
The case, which is at an early stage before the ECHR, has as its object the serious violations of human rights, committed en masse by the Russian Federation in the context of the military aggression carried out on the territory of Ukraine since February 24, the source says.
Romania’s request for intervention was addressed through the Governmental Agent for the ECHR.
„This intervention by Romania takes place within the framework of our country’s efforts to support Ukraine, as a result of the illegal war of aggression launched by the Russian Federation against this state, including through the instruments of international law,” the statement says.
According to the MAE, Romania thus aims to convey „a principled message, in the spirit of its actions as a traditional promoter of international justice”.
Romania’s approach to intervene in this case was initiated at the request of the Ukrainian side, sent after Ukraine submitted the request to the ECHR in full form on June 23, followed by the ECHR’s communique of June 28.
The MAE reminds that Romania has also shown its support for Ukraine in the field of international justice by initiating, on March 2, 2022, together with 39 other states, the procedures on the role of the International Criminal Court, as well as by the Declaration of Intervention in the process on the role of the International Court of Justice in the file on „Accusations of Genocide under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (Ukraine v. Russia),” submitted to the ICJ on September 13.
Granting permission to states to intervene in pending cases, „in the interest of a good administration of justice” is a well-established practice at the ECHR level. The intervention is requested according to a specific procedure and is granted by the ECHR, considering that the pending cases have a major public importance and that, most of the time, the impact of the decisions extends beyond the respective individual case, explains the Ministry of Foreign Affairs .
In the case of granting permission to intervene, the intervening states are invited to present the intervention in the form of written observations, within the term set by the court. The content of the intervention will be limited to principled aspects, especially aspects related to the admissibility of the request and the complex issue of the interpenetration of human rights with international humanitarian law, the press release also states.