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"We can now see light at the end of the tunnel," says Christos Pourgourides, at the end of his visit to Russia

Strasbourg, 10.02.2010 – Christos Pourgourides (Cyprus, EPP/CD), rapporteur of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on the implementation of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights, has just ended a visit to Moscow (7-10 February 2010) with a call to the Russian authorities to make a renewed effort to speedily implement Strasbourg Court judgments, notably those relating to repetitive and structural violations, as well as grave human right violations.

Mr Pourgourides noted that "the need for effective remedies against non-enforcement of domestic judicial decisions, the reform of the nadzor system and the excessive length of pre-trial detention are all at long-last being tackled in an appropriate fashion. We can now see the light at the end of the tunnel. But, to my regret, the same cannot be said with respect to the findings, by the Strasbourg Court, of serious violations of the European Convention in the Chechen Republic".
 
Mr Pourgourides urged, in particular, his fellow parliamentarians in the State Duma and Federation Council to establish - within the Russian Parliament - specific procedures to regularly monitor the implementation of the judgments of the European Court of Human Rights. He was assured that this proposal would be given top priority.
 
During his visit, Mr Pourgourides met with parliamentarians from both Houses of Parliament, the Chairman of the Supreme Court, representatives of the Justice, Interior, Foreign Affairs and Finance Ministries, as well as the Presidential Administration. Meetings were also held at the Prosecutor General’s Office as well as with NGO’s and practising lawyers.
 
This is the fifth in a series of visits by the same rapporteur aimed at mobilising parliamentary support in states where delays and other, often serious, difficulties in implementing the Strasbourg Court's judgments have arisen. Mr Pourgourides has previously undertaken visits to Bulgaria, Greece, Italy and Ukraine, and will shortly go to Moldova, Romania and Turkey.