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Russia

Volume 707: debated on Wednesday 11 February 2009

Questions

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Russia about compliance with the 6 July 2005 European Court of Human Rights judgments concerning the actions of Russian security forces in Chechnya; what was the outcome of the most recent such representation; and what further representations they will make. [HL927]

We raise this issue regularly with the Russian Government, most recently at the bilateral human rights consultations in Moscow on 16 January. During those discussions the Russian Government recognised the importance of implementation of European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) judgments and the need to improve access to redress in domestic courts.

In the bilateral human rights consultations we urged the Russian Government to implement all ECtHR judgments fully. The Russian Government confirmed that they have a paper under discussion, which includes the possibility of Russian courts being able to give direct effect to the European Convention on Human Rights. We will continue to look for ways in which we can support Russian efforts to this end. In addition, the Council of Europe special rapporteur on the independence of the judiciary visited the Russian Federation in June 2008 and the report is expected by the end of January.

The Russian Government have promised to provide more information about their progress during the universal periodic review process in February 2009. We will continue to monitor this issue and raise it where appropriate.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Russia about the assassination in Moscow of Stanislav Markelov, the lawyer representing the Kungeav family in the case concerning the release from prison of Colonel Budanov; and what was the outcome. [HL928]

We raised concerns about the safety of human rights defenders and journalists in Russia with the Russian Government during bilateral human rights consultations in Moscow on 16 January 2009. The Government supported the EU presidency statement of 20 January 2009 about the murders of Stanislav Markelov and journalist Anastasiya Baburova, which urged the Russian authorities to investigate these murders promptly and impartially, and to bring all perpetrators to justice. We will continue to raise concerns about the safety of human rights defenders and journalists in Russia.