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Implementation of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights: PACE rapporteur to visit Italy

Strasbourg, 20.11.2009 – Christos Pourgourides (Cyprus, EPP/CD), rapporteur of the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), will make a fact-finding visit to Rome on 23 and 24 November as part of the preparation of his report on the implementation of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights.
The judgments considered by Mr Pourgourides cover those not fully implemented more than five years after final delivery, or raising important implementation issues, particularly where they concern human rights violations of extreme gravity.
During his visit, Mr Pourgourides is expected to meet the Deputy President of the Court of Cassation, the Chief Prosecutor of the Court of Cassation, a member of the Judicial Service Commission and the Prefect in charge of the Department of Civil Liberties and Immigration of the Ministry of the Interior. Talks are also foreseen with the Italian Government Agent to the European Court of Human Rights and representatives of political groups.
This is the third, after Bulgaria and Ukraine, in a series of visits intended to bring parliamentary pressure to bear on states where the execution of the Court’s judgments meets with delays or difficulties. Mr Pourgourides will shortly go to Greece, Moldova, Romania, the Russian Federation and Turkey.