A workshop on the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights, relating to violations of the right to life and protection against torture, has been held in the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation

10 november 2017, 16:45

Today, on November 10, 2017, in the premises of the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation a workshop was held on the theme: “The case-law of the European Court of Human Rights relating to violation of Article 2 (right to life) and Article 3 (prohibition of torture and other inhuman or degrading treatment) of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms: comparative research of Russian cases, execution of the ECHR’s decisions, conventional criterions of efficient investigation”.

The event was organized on the initiative of Mr. Mikhail Galperin, Representative of the Russian Federation at the European Court of Human Rights – Deputy Minister of Justice of the Russian Federation.

Mr. Denis Grunis, Head of the General Department of International Legal Cooperation, Ms. Natalia Zyabkina, First Deputy Head of the Office of the Representative of the Russian Federation at the European Court of Human Rights, Mr. Stepan Kuzmenkov, Head of the Division of All-European Cooperation on Human Rights of the Department for Humanitarian Cooperation and Human Rights of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, as well as officials and prosecutors of the divisions of the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation took part in the workshop.

Mr. Denis Grunis, Head of the General Department of International Legal Cooperation, in his welcoming speech thanked the officers of the Office of the Representative of the Russian Federation at the European Court of Human Rights, as well as representatives of the ECHR and the Council of Europe for their contribution to the organization of the workshop.

The participants of the workshop noticed that Russia for over 20 years has been a member of the Council of Europe. It has ratified and executes the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms of 1950, and the Protocols to it, which declare fundamental human rights and freedoms.

Every human right and freedom declared by the Convention has been fixed in the Constitution of the Russian Federation and our federal laws. Therefore prosecutors play a significant role in implementation of its provisions.

The Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation, as well as the European Court, protects the rule of law and actively assists ensuring protection of human rights and freedoms, being one of the national organs implementing the provisions of the Convention.

Measures taken by Russia concerning implementation of the provisions of the Convention and the ECHR’s case-law into the national legal system with the purpose of elimination and further exclusion of violations, detected in the course of proceedings in the European Court, has resulted in reduction of number of applications against Russia for more than three and a half times in the last four years.

At the beginning of this year Russia took the 28th place of 47 Council of Europe member states according to the number of applications, submitted to the ECHR, counting on the population size.

As of September 30, 2017, number of applications against Russia pending in the ECHR has been reduced. Russia has been beaten by states with much lesser population (Ukraine – 19 thousand applications, Turkey – 13 thousand applications, Hungary and Romania – about 10 thousand applications against each).

These 7700 applications is an unrealized potential of Russian state institutions and first of all prosecutors, who are charged with ensuring the fulfillment of the laws currently in force and the Constitution of the Russian Federation in this country.

Moreover, the participants noticed a high evaluation of the activities of the Russian prosecution service and its role in ensuring the observance of human rights and supporting the rule of law in Russia, made by Mr. Guido Raimondi, President of the ECHR, during his meeting with Mr. Yury Chaika, Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation, in December 2016.

Mr. Denis Grunis, Head of the General Department of International Legal Cooperation, called the colleagues to pay maximum attention to discussion of problems of application of ones of the more important provisions of the Convention, which are aimed at the protection of fundamental rights, namely the right to life and the right not to be subjected to tortures.

During the workshop experts from the officials of the ECHR’s Registry took the floor. They also answered questions asked by the officers of the prosecution service of the Russian Federation, relating to topical issues of cooperation with the ECHR.

Mr. Denis Grunis, Head of the General Department of International Legal Cooperation, in his final speech thanked the participants of the workshop for their fruitful work. 

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