Disinfo: European Court of Human Rights turns into a political tool against Russia

Summary

The European Court of Human Rights has begun to transform from a respected legal institution into a legal instrument for interference in Russia's internal affairs.

Disproof

Pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative denigrating the European Court of Human Rights, in relation to the ongoing situation around Alexei Navalny. The claim was neither counterbalanced nor critically challenged in the article.

The ECHR is a judicial body whose task is to interpret the European Convention of Human Rights and to establish, in each set of proceedings brought before it, whether the conduct of a signatory state constitutes a violation of the claimant’s Convention rights. The Court was formed in 1959 by the Consultative Assembly of the Council of Europe, (an institution predating and separate from the European Union which is not to be confused with the EU’s European Council. See this explainer addressing the confusion.)

Russia is a member of the Council of Europe (CoE).

The recruitment process for judges to the ECHR is as follows: each member state of the Council of Europe, including Russia, proposes three candidates, from whom one is elected for a 9 years non-renewable mandate.

Although judges are elected in respect of a State, they hear cases as individuals and do not represent that State. They are independent and cannot engage in any activity that would be incompatible with their duty of independence and impartiality.

See more cases in our database related to the ECHR which claims that George Soros infiltrated and controls the ECHR; or that ECHR strongly restricts the rights of expression; or that ECHR makes all decisions based on its own anti-Russian logic of behaviour.

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  • Reported in: Issue 236
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 01/03/2021
  • Article language(s) Arabic,
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Russia, EU
  • Keywords: ECHR, Alexei Navalny, Council of Europe
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Navalny supporters with flashlights are similar to traitors in besieged Leningrad

So, NATO gave orders to Navalny’s team – what steps to take next. This makes them agents of this organisation.

And again, it just so happened that the harmless flashlights in Gene Sharp’s training manual on organising colour revolutions are also spelled out – point number 24. It seems harmless, but during the blockade of Leningrad with the same lights – signal flares – the traitors pointed at the strategic objects of the city.

Disproof

Recurrent disinformation narrative from Pro-Kremlin media about Navalny being an agent of Western secret services or the West in general.

In relation to the ban on protest rallies in Russia, Navalny´s team indeed recommended to anyone supporting them to activate the flashlights on their mobiles at the same time on February 14. The comparison of this flashmob to the "actions of the traitors in besieged Leningrad" during World War II is outrageous and can be regarded an insult to Russian citizens who care for the destiny of their country.

The Council of Europe is silent about discrimination against Russian speakers in neighbouring countries

The Council of Europe is silent regarding discrimination against Russian people and Russian-speaking people in Ukraine and the three Baltic countries.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation message about the violation of human rights and freedom of speech in Ukraine and the Baltic states. The claim was neither counterbalanced nor critically challenged in the article.

The claim that Ukraine and the Baltic states are discriminating against the Russian language and Russian-speakers is false.

The Council of Europe is indifferent to discrimination of Russian-speaking people in Ukraine and the Baltic states

The lack of a proper reaction to discrimination against Russian-speaking inhabitants of Ukraine and the Baltic states undermines the authority of the Council of Europe.

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The Council of Europe should not regard the glorification of Nazi collaborators and the violation of the rights of Russian-speaking people in some Post-Soviet states with indifference.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation message about the violation of human rights and freedom of speech in Ukraine and the Baltic states.

The claim that Ukraine and the Baltic states are discriminating against the Russian language and Russian-speakers is false.