Veniamin Geynbikhner: "The bill would bring much uncertainty and opacity to the domestic legal system and delay justice even further for human rights victims"

posted 11 Dec 2015, 00:12 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 13 Dec 2015, 22:53 ]
"Yesterday, Russia’s parliament adopted a bill designed to thwart the ability of victims of human rights violations to find justice through international bodies when the Russian court system doesn’t deliver it. [...] Russia is a party to the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, which prohibits parties from invoking domestic law to justify failure to implement a treaty. So the bill wouldn’t relieve the Russian government of its legal obligations to implement rulings of international human rights bodies established by international treaties. Instead, it would bring much uncertainty and opacity to the domestic legal system, further hinder Russia’s relations with its international partners, and delay justice even further for human rights victims."

- Veniamin Geynbikhner, Human Rights Watch

Veniamin Geynbikhner is the Natalia Estemirova fellow at the Russia Office of Human Rights Watch

Source: 'Dispatches: Russian Court Hopes to Thwart International Law Rulings,' Human Rights Watch, 10 December 2015

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