ECHR declared land moratorium illegal

Economic Truth reports that on August 22, the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights in the case of Zelenchuk and Tsitsyura v. Ukraine came into force. The court ruled that a ban on the sale of land violates human rights.

"Starting from August 22, 2018, Ukrainian landowners who want to protect their property rights will be able to refer to the decision of the ECHR in their appeals to Ukrainian courts," mentions the report.

It is noted that if the state does not cancel the moratorium within a "reasonable time", the ECHR will award monetary compensation to the future plaintiffs, which would cost the state billions.

"The decision of the ECHR is a win-win for landowners. If the state abolishes the moratorium, landowners will be able to freely dispose of their assets. If not, they will be able to receive fair compensation from the state," the report informs.

Reference: on May 22, 2018, the ECHR passed judgment in the case of Zelenchuk and Tsitsyura v. Ukraine. The court held that a State ban on the sale of agricultural land violates the human right to private property spelled out in Article 1 of Protocol 1 to the European Convention on Human Rights.

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