Liudmila Alekseeva: Russia very much needs the European Court of Human Rights

posted 5 Mar 2018, 07:40 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 5 Mar 2018, 07:57 ]

1 March 2018 

An interview with Liudmila Alekseeva, chair of the Moscow Helsinki Group

The Russian authorities are looking into the feasibility of withdrawing from European Convention on Human Rights, of ceasing to work with the European Court of Human Rights, and leaving the Council of Europe. According to media, this may happen if the anti-Russian line presently taken by the European Court of Human Rights does not change.

The chair of the Moscow Helsinki Group, and member of the Presidential Council on Human Rights, Liudmila Alekseeva, expresses the hope that such moves would fail to materialize.

‘I hope that this will not happen because we very much need the European Court of Human Rights. I hope that such moves will be rejected. We do not wish to break off relations with Europe so completely. This is one of our most important points of contact,’ Liudmila Alekseeva emphasized in an interview with the National News Service.

In Liudmila Alekseeva’s view, denunciation by Russia of the European Convention on Human Rights would have very negative consequences for the country: ‘Given the present Russian judicial system (I would not call it a justice system), it will be dreadful.’

Translated by Mary McAuley