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Draft Legislation: Russian Authorities and ECHR – Serious Consequences

Posted by Info on 16/07/2011

The State Duma is currently examining legislation aimed at limiting the domestic impact of decisions taken by the European Court of Human Rights(ECHR).

Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland said: if passed, the bill would have “serious consequences” for Russia’s relationship to the institution.

The judges of the ECHR have delivered the final word on hundreds of cases originating in Russia, many with a strong political resonance. This year alone, the court has heard cases brought by relatives of Chechen residents who disappeared after being abducted by authorities.

It was a case involving paternal child leave that caused acting chairman of Russia’s upper legislative chamber, to seek to limit the ECHR’s capacity to intervene in Russian affairs. In Konstantin Markin vs. Russia, the court had ruled that Markin, a divorced Russian serviceman with a newborn child, was wrongfully denied his request for three years parental leave, the same amount afforded to female military personnel. The ECHR held that Russian military legislation was discriminatory on the basis of gender and directed Russia to amend its laws.

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