Several Council of Europe member States are still not implementing some Assembly recommendations aimed at securing “a fully independent and decently resourced judiciary” PACE’s Standing Committee has concluded.
Approving a report by Marieluise Beck (Germany, ALDE) today in Paris, the committee made fresh assessments of the state of the rule of law in Russia, Ukraine, Germany, France and Belarus – states with a variety of legal systems throwing up “issues of variable nature and gravity” – following a series of Assembly recommendations made between 2007 and 2010.
- In Russia, key PACE recommendations to strengthen the independence of the judiciary have not been implemented, and lawyers, journalists and human rights activists continue to be intimidated.
- In Ukraine, the instigators as well as the perpetrators of the murder of journalist Georgiy Gongadze still need to be held to account.
- In Germany, there is still a need for greater judicial self-administration and more independence for prosecutors, as well as pay rises for judges.
- In France, despite some progress, judges and prosecutors’ representatives could have a still stronger role, and the judiciary remains seriously underfunded.
- In Belarus, a non-member State, abuses of the criminal justice system to persecute political opponents continue, and senior officials suspected of involvement in high-profile disappearances have not been held to account.