Central and Eastern European NGOs statement on the Future of the European Court of Human Rights (2014.04.01)
A conference devoted to „The Long-Term Future of the European Court of Human Rights” will be held in Oslo, Norway on the 7th and 8th of April 2014. The conference is organized under the auspices of the Council of Europe and will be one of the most important debates on the future of the European Court of Human Rights (“ECtHR”) since the Brighton Conference held on 18-20 April 2012.
A coalition of non-governmental organizations coming from Central and Eastern Europe would like to take the opportunity to recall the fundamentals lying behind the adoption of the Convention. Coming from countries where the ECtHR triggered important democratic changes and brought substantial progress with regards to human rights protection, we feel obligated to take a stand in the ongoing debate. We feel well-placed to do so, since we witnessed the potential of the ECtHR to influence the case law on repairing structural deficiencies in countries of transition.