Disinfo: ECHR has become politicised

Summary

The European Court of Human Rights has become politicised. Certain clearly politicised cases are prioritised differently. A simple example is if someone from the Russian opposition is attacked by a policeman and filed an appeal to the European Court, this request will be considered much faster than if someone from a Russian village filed a request. Why? Because the European Court prioritises them.

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Pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative denigrating the European Court of Human Rights.

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) is one of the Council of Europe’s institutions which safeguards human rights in Europe. As stated in the question and answer document on its website, in view of the current backlog of cases, applicants may have to wait a year before the Court can proceed with its initial examination of the application. Some applications may be treated as urgent and dealt with as a matter of priority, particularly where the applicant is said to be in imminent physical danger.

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  • Reported in: Issue 182
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 22/01/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Keywords: European Court of Justice, Human rights, European values
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