Tuesday, October 23, 2012

outgoing president

described some comments as "beyond the pale" and reminds States that are the primary protectors of human rights

The view from great Sir Nicolas Bratza, the curve of the windows on the horizon in Strasbourg, the European Parliament building, behind, floods Ill is to reach the Rhine.

along the river in the center of the courtyard continent, there is a dispersion of a person tents - temporary houses for desperate petitioners before the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). A protest by the Turks and Kurds marched in front of the entrance to the court to denounce Turkey for the promotion of an alleged torturer at a senior level of security in Istanbul, mocking judgments of the ECHR.

For more than 800 million people, the building of steel and glass designed by the British architect Richard Rogers is the ultimate goal of their quest for justice. After 14 years as a single judge of the United Kingdom and one year as president of the court, Bratza leave office later this month. His departure is tinged with disappointment.

judicial extend the ECHR by the 47 Member States, which stretches from the Caspian Sea to the Strait of Gibraltar and north of Iceland. As a signatory of the Convention of European origin Rights, which was intended to prevent the recurrence of another holocaust and protect people from evil totalitarian government, the UK was one the founders of the project.

Incited by sensational allegations and politicians Eurosceptic British popular sentiment became increasingly critical of the court. The UK remains one of the most diligent executors of Convention rights, but it seems to have deteriorated in one national constituencies less grateful.

For some, disillusionment began with the trial in 1995 that the UK had violated the right to life of three IRA members shot dead by the SAS in Gibraltar. It increased in the dispute over the voting rights of prisoners and lines in the long legal process of extradition of alleged terrorists like Abu Qatada and Abu Hamza.

Bratza, 67, was a prominent lawyer and a Crown Court recorder before being elected in 1998 as a judge of the United Kingdom in the ECHR. He is also a judge of the High Court. He became president of the ECHR in 2011.

"The UK is a good fit," he said. "When we find a violation, they correct. Personally I still hope that a solution to this problem [of the voting rights of prisoners] that meets the British Parliament and the [ECHR] can be found. "

Italy is one of the worst serial rapists, in violation of the Convention, due to the excessive length of time required to perform the tests.

ECHR offset 138,000 cases, said: "The problem is that the processing of court records is diligent We have cases from [more] 40 legal systems that have ... people [each] legal system understand the language. "

about 650 employees, 44 are in the United Kingdom. Case notes are color coded for the coming year. Lime (2012), Orange (2011) and Yellow (2009) files were visible, piled on tables and floors of offices along a corridor.

The ECHR ssaid Bratza, must be subordinated to national courts. "For us to accept our subsidiary role [Member States] must be the primary protectors of the rights of the Convention. The problem is that it is a coin with two sides. Nation-states must fulfill their duties.

"The UK has an impressive record in the compliance and enforcement [Human Rights] Convention. States provided do their work, our work becomes much easier. We are a net security. "

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