Russia ratifies ECHR reform after role gained in court cases

Russia dropped their opposition after the Council of Europe agreed to a provision stating that a "Russian judge" would participate in any decisions concerning Russia.

Russia ratifies ECHR reform after role gained in court cases

The lower house of Russia's parliament voted on Friday to ratify a long-delayed protocol on reforming the European Court of Human Rights, clearing the way for the reform to proceed.

The Duma ratified the protocol with an overwhelming majority of 392 votes in favour and 56 opposed, reversing its position after it previously rejected the protocol in 2006.

Russia was the last member of the 47-nation Council of Europe not to have ratified Protocol 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights, aimed at streamlining the court's work and reducing its backlog of cases.

Russian officials said they had dropped their opposition after the Council of Europe agreed to a provision stating that a "Russian judge" would participate in any decisions concerning Russia.

Russia is the biggest source of pending cases at the court. Some 27,000 cases out of the 112,000 cases awaiting review by the court originated from Russia, according to the Russian foreign ministry.

Russia's human rights record has been frequently criticised by the court, with a large number of cases linked to the ongoing conflict in Muslims states.


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