Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Constitutional Court: Strasbourg Court Rights Rulings Are Binding For Russia

Posted by Info on 26/02/2010

Russia’s Constitutional Court reaffirmed on Friday that Moscow should obey Strasbourg human rights court decisions and ordered further legislative and other reforms to ensure their implementation.
“Decisions by the European Court of Human Rights are binding for Russia.The state must pay compensation to a person whose rights were violated as determined by the European Court and make sure his/her rights are restored as far as it is possible.”

The ruling came after Russia finally ratified Protocol 14 to the European Convention of Human Rights earlier this month, which is designed to help the Strasbourg court cope with the growing backlog of complaints from individuals, nearly one-third of them filed from Russia.

Russia is also still to ratify Protocol 11, abolishing the death penalty. The Constitutional Court extended the 1999 moratorium on capital punishment late last year.

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