Published: 1 Jun 2008
EHRAC Bulletin Summer 2008
Issue 9 of the EHRAC Bulletin is now available online. Please click the link below to read the full issue.
This edition of the Bulletin includes coverage of human rights developments in four countries in the region: Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova and Russia. Eldar Zeynalov (Human Rights Centre of Azerbaijan) provides an overview of the European Court’s consideration to date of cases against Azerbaijan, highlighting the preponderance of cases concerning political prisoners. In the light of the increasing use of lethal force by law enforcement offi cials in Georgia, Tamar Khidasheli (Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association) considers whether Georgian domestic legislation complies with the standards of the European Convention on Human Rights as to the right to life.
As for Russia, Clare Rimmer (European Council on Refugees and Exiles) analyses the treatment of Chechen IDPs, asylum seekers and refugees in Europe, and Roman Maranov (Slavic Centre for Law and Justice) discusses proposed changes to Russian domestic law in response to the endemic problem of excessively long legal proceedings.
Jurisdictional issues are analysed in two articles. Vakhtang Vakhtangidze (Article 42 of the Constitution, Georgia) discusses the extent of the responsibility of the Georgian and Russian governments for human rights violations which occur in the autonomous republic of Abkhazia. Vladislav Gribincea (Lawyers for Human Rights, Moldova) describes the further steps which were taken as a result of the failure of both the Moldovan and Russian governments to implement the European Court’s judgment in the Ilaşcu case, concerning the unlawful detention of politicians in the breakaway region of Transdniestria. Finally, there are articles analysing the recent work of other Council of Europe bodies: the Parliamentary Assembly (Grigor Avetisyan, Memorial – on criminal defamation) and the Commissioner for Human Rights (Sergey Golubok, Egorov, Puginsky, Afanasiev & Partners, St. Petersburg).