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Pressure mounts on ECHR to reform


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Pressure mounts on ECHR to reform

The European Court of Human rights is breaking under its heavy workload and needs urgent reform critics say. A recent UK initiative, which was endorsed by the 47 members of the Council of Europe, aims to cut the Strasbourg tribunal’s huge backlog of cases. Those calling for change, say it cannot come soon enough.

‘‘There are too many trivial cases. There have been problems too about the quality of the judges. Perhaps most of all, there has been a backlog. All of us have to be ready to be sanctioned if we do it wrong,” Lord Donald Anderson of the Socialist group told euronews.

The UK government has also made clear it wants to cut the court’s powers for cases that have already been decided by national courts.

In particular, London remains deeply frustrated it has still not been able to deport terrorist suspect Abu Qatada back to Jordan.

Speaking from Strasbourg, euronews reporter Gülsüm Alan said:“Pressure is mounting to reform the European Court of Human Rights. A decision on how and what should be done is expected by 2013.’‘

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