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Monday, January 10, 2011

Council of Europe accused of being an ostrich

Council of Europe accused of being an ostrich

Legal arguments in the Max Mosely privacy case against the United Kingdom will be heard by European Court of Human Rights judges on 11 January at 9 a.m.

I doubt that the Council of Europe will allow my comment so I publish it just in case.

Even if he wins he will lose because the UK ignores ECtHR decisions, for example Hirst v UK (No2) and Frodl v Austria. What is worse, even after the Interlaken Conference, when the Court said its authority was being threatened by non-compliance of its decisions by Member States, the Committee of Ministers let the UK off the hook once again.

The Council of Europe has to stop sticking its head in the sand.

Last night a Scottish Government spokesman said: “No convicted prisoner will vote in May.”

And, on Thursday, there is a 90 minute debate in the House of Commons which seeks to overturn the Court decision in Hirst v UK (No2). It is no good stating that the Court decision is final and failing to protect the Court decisions because all that happens is that the Council of Europe then becomes guilty of allowing human rights violations to continue unchecked.

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