Press release - 139(2010)

Russia ratifies Protocol n° 14 to the European Convention on Human Rights

Statement by Micheline Calmy-Rey, Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland, Chairperson of the Committee of Ministers

Strasbourg, 18.02.2010 - The Chairperson of the Committee of Ministers, Micheline Calmy-Rey, welcomes the deposit, by the Russian Federation, of its instrument of ratification of Protocol No. 14 to the European Convention on Human Rights, shortly before the beginning of the ministerial conference in Interlaken. Russia is thus joining the other 46 member states which have already ratified the Protocol, thereby enabling the latter to come into force on 1 June next. This is excellent news for all Europeans. The European Court of Human Rights will now be able to deal more efficiently with the many applications submitted to it and thus help reinforce fundamental rights on our continent. The entry into force of Protocol No. 14 also paves the way for EU accession to the European Convention on Human Rights, which was facilitated by the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty.

Further measures are, however, needed if the Court is to continue to play its full role as guarantor of fundamental rights and freedoms in Europe. This is why Switzerland has taken the initiative to organise, on 18 and 19 February 2010, the ministerial conference of Interlaken, when the 47 States Parties to the Convention will be taking the requisite decisions for ensuring the proper future functioning of the Court.

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