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Ensuring greater follow-up of CPT recommendations: enhanced role of PACE and of national parliaments

Motion for a resolution | Doc. 14373 | 29 June 2017

Mr Boriss CILEVIČS, Latvia, SOC ; Lord Donald ANDERSON, United Kingdom, SOC ; Mr Damir ARNAUT, Bosnia and Herzegovina, EPP/CD ; Lord Richard BALFE, United Kingdom, EC ; Ms Eka BESELIA, Georgia, SOC ; Ms Anne BRASSEUR, Luxembourg, ALDE ; Ms Tamar CHUGOSHVILI, Georgia, SOC ; Ms Susanne EBERLE-STRUB, Liechtenstein, ALDE ; Mr Domagoj HAJDUKOVIĆ, Croatia, SOC ; Mr Carles JORDANA, Andorra, ALDE ; Mr Giorgi KANDELAKI, Georgia, EPP/CD ; Ms Sabien LAHAYE-BATTHEU, Belgium, ALDE ; Mr Georgii LOGVYNSKYI, Ukraine, EPP/CD ; Ms Kerstin LUNDGREN, Sweden, ALDE ; Mr Philippe MAHOUX, Belgium, SOC ; Mr Arkadiusz MULARCZYK, Poland, EC ; Mr Pieter OMTZIGT, Netherlands, EPP/CD ; Mr Georgios PSYCHOGIOS, Greece, UEL ; Ms Patrícia RIBERAYGUA, Andorra, ALDE ; Ms Azadeh ROJHAN GUSTAFSSON, Sweden, SOC ; Mr Frank SCHWABE, Germany, SOC ; Ms Olena SOTNYK, Ukraine, ALDE ; Ms Tineke STRIK, Netherlands, SOC ; Mr Mart van de VEN, Netherlands, ALDE ; Mr Nikolaj VILLUMSEN, Denmark, UEL ; Mr Emanuelis ZINGERIS, Lithuania, EPP/CD

In its Resolution 2160 (2017) entitled “25 years of the CPT: achievements and areas for improvement”, the Assembly decided that it could “develop its role in contributing to the follow-up of CPT recommendations, in particular by encouraging national parliaments to adopt a proactive approach towards them. National parliaments could discuss CPT reports and/or public statements on their respective countries in their competent parliamentary committees and bring the findings of the CPT, as well as the follow-up given to its recommendations, to their governments’ attention through parliamentary questions.”

The Parliamentary Assembly should follow up on this decision and look more in depth into concrete measures that could be taken both at the Assembly level and in the national parliaments to ensure greater follow-up of CPT recommendations. Activities could be envisaged in the framework of Assembly parliamentary co-operation activities in national parliaments. Some inspiration could also be drawn from existing practices in national parliaments when it comes to the implementation of the judgments of the European Court of Human Rights.