Open Letter from Human Rights Defenders to the President of the European Court of Human Rights

posted 2 Dec 2011, 09:23 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 2 Dec 2011, 09:24 ]
Source: (info), 01/12/11 

· European Court of Human Rights  · The Courts  · Human Rights Defenders 

The employment of Russian interns at the European Court of Human Rights gives grounds for concern. 

As Memorial Human Rights Centre has said, in September 2011 20 Russian lawyers, selected by the Russian Ministry of Justice, took up internships at the secretariat of the European Court of Human Rights. This was reported by the ITAR-TASS news agency, based on information provided by Georgy Matushkin, Russia’s representative at the European Court. 

For a year or more the lawyers will work with applications from Russia that are “evidently inadmissible” – those for which the time limit for submitting an application has expired or where domestic remedies have not been exhausted. Such a practice will possibly be continued. 

The current situation gives cause for concern on the part of human rights defenders and lawyers. On 1 December an open letter signed by the heads of a number of leading human rights organizations, was sent to Nicolas Bratza, President of the European Court of Human Rights. [Read more]