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Russia avoids responsibility for human rights violations

16 July 2015, 16:15

On July 14, 2015 the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation ruled that in case of collision between the Constitution of the Russian Federation and a decision of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) the norms of the Russian Constitution will prevail.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine expresses its deep concern about the mentioned ruling by the Russian Constitutional Court and considers it as a deliberate crackdown on the system of human rights protection both in the Russian Federation and the European continent as a whole. Such a ruling evidently aims to safeguard Russia against being brought to account for grave human rights violations, including in the occupied Crimea and Donbas of Ukraine. The approach taken by Russia’s Constitutional Court is in total breach of the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties 1969 and of obligations assumed by the Russian Federation under the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.

The Russian Federation’s refusal to ensure the execution of the ECHR judgments, along with the adoption of a repressive legislation on "foreign agents", censorship in the media and on the Internet, restrictions of freedom of peaceful assembly, disregard for the rights of national and other minorities testifies to the wide-ranging offensive by Russian authorities on democracy, human rights and the rule of law in Russia.

Ukraine calls on the Council of Europe to give an adequate response to this negative trend and appeals to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe to prepare a report on the state of democracy, human rights and the rule of law in the Russian Federation.

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