, 11.01.2011 – Chros Pourgourides (, 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 ended a two-day visit to (10-11 January 2011) with a call for the Turkish authorities to make a more concerted effort to comply with judgments.
"The Turkish authorities, presently chairing the Council of Europe Committee of Miners, must lead by example and take urgent and decisive action to abide by judgments," said Mr Pourgourides. "I count on my fellow parliamentarians, in particular, to effectively monitor and rapidly enact legislation to counter a certain dilatoriness in this respect," added the rapporteur.
During his visit, Mr Pourgourides met judges from the Constitutional and Cassation Courts, high-ranking officials from the Prosecutor General's office, the Minries of Justice, Interior and Foreign Affairs, as well as leading parliamentarians.
In discussions he stressed, in particular, the need for appropriate legislative and other initiatives to extract from the group of states against which most cases are pending in . The urgent need to overhaul the lamentable state of the functioning of the judicial system, excessive length of detention, disproportionate use of force by law enforcement officials and the still unresolved issues arising from the case of v. , with particular emphasis on disappeared persons, were among the topics on which discussions focussed.