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Human Rights

Volume 718: debated on Monday 8 March 2010

Question

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they consider that any amendments to the European Convention of Human Rights are required in the light of recent judgments made by the European Court of Human Rights against the United Kingdom; and whether they will bring these to the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers during the period before June 2012 when specific proposals for measures requiring amendment of the Convention are to be sought. [HL2117]

The Government have no plans to propose amendment of any substantive Convention right, nor does the current process to which Lord Laird refers provide an opportunity to propose such an amendment. On 19 February 2010, a high-level conference in Interlaken adopted a declaration on the reform of the European Court of Human Rights. Among other actions, the declaration invites the Committee of Ministers to issue terms of reference to bodies of the Council of Europe to prepare by June 2012 proposals for the reform of the Court that would require amendment of the Convention. This process is not intended to consider amendments to the substantive rights contained in the Convention.