Press release - 141(2010)

PACE President Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu warmly welcomes Russia’s ratification of Protocol No. 14

Strasbourg, 18.02.2010 - Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), today warmly welcomed Russia’s ratification of Protocol No. 14 to the European Convention on Human Rights. “This ratification will further enhance the protection of the fundamental rights of all individuals within the jurisdiction of the 47 Council of Europe member states,” he said.

“The Russian authorities are sending us a strong message today. First of all, the ratification illustrates Russia’s will to be a major political player within the organisation. It shows Russia’s firm commitment to the Council of Europe’s values and protection mechanisms, and it encourages Russian courts to make sure that their judgments take into account the European Convention on Human Rights and the Strasbourg Court’s case-law,” the President said.

“The Russian ratification will also allow the entry into force of Protocol No. 14, which, in turn, will provide the legal basis on the Strasbourg side for the EU’s accession to the European Convention. Finally, the Court will soon be able to deal more quickly with its backlog of cases, which is the protocol’s main aim,” he added.

“As the new President of the Parliamentary Assembly, I will spare no efforts to foster effective co-operation between the Council of Europe and Russia in all other areas where our organisation can provide political support and technical assistance,” he concluded.

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