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Russia: ECHR Judgments

Volume 698: debated on Monday 4 February 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether the complainants in the cases of Bitiyera and X v Russia (No. 57953/00 and No. 37392/03) and Musayev and Others v Russia (No. 57941/00 and No. 58699/00 and No. 60403/00) have received the damages awarded to them by the European Court of Human Rights. [HL1541]

In accordance with Article 46 of the European Convention on Human Rights, the Committee of Ministers supervises the execution of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights.

Information on execution of judgments is publicly available on the Council of Europe website at: www.coe.int/T/E/Human_Rights/execution.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will seek ways to improve and allocate the processing of cases pending from Russia before the European Court of Human Rights. [HL1542]

The European Court of Human Rights is an independent judicial body. Allocation and processing of cases is a matter for the court. The UK is a consistent supporter of the European Court of Human Rights and a strong advocate of reform measures to improve its effectiveness. An efficient court is essential for the promotion and protection of human rights.

Both the UK and Russia agree on the need for reform of the court to ensure that it functions more effectively. The UK believes that Protocol 14 to the European Convention on Human Rights must be implemented to achieve this goal. We are disappointed that Russia is the only Council of Europe member state not to have ratified the protocol. We, in concert with the majority of Council of Europe member states, the EU presidency and other EU member states have called on Russia to ratify Protocol 14 swiftly.