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Newsletter #1 October 2016


EIN first newsletter: foreword by its co-founder Dr Başak Çalı

The forging of a European civil society network focused on the implementation of human rights judgments in Europe could not be more timely. In the past two decades the number of human rights violations judgments has steadily increased in Europe. This increase, however, has not been met with full compliance by states.
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EIN and OSJI quarterly briefing: cases against Azerbaijan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Macedonia and Poland

On 12 September 2016, the European Implementation Network (EIN) and the Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI) convened its quarterly civil society briefing on cases scheduled for review at the 1265 CM-DH meeting. Read more

Committee of Ministers holds its quarterly meeting on the implementation of ECtHR judgments

On 20-21 September 2016, the Committee of Ministers held its 1265th human rights meeting during which it examined the state of implementation of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). Further information on the cases debated and decisions adopted can be found here. The indicative list of cases to be debated in its forthcoming meeting on 6-8 December 2016 can be found here.

Latest NGO submissions to the Committee of Ministers by EIN partners

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EIN Voices
Polish Parliament - failed guardian of the Convention  

by Dominika Bychawska-Siniarska 

For a brief while, Poland's permanent sub-commission for the execution of judgments of the ECtHR was seen a step towards making the domestic implementation process more stable and regular. Read more
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EIN welcomes the Commissioner's call for enhanced ECHR implementation efforts 

On 23 August 2016, Niels Muiznieks, the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe, published a blog "Non-implementation of the Court's judgments: our shared responsibility". Read more
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Convention's impact on member states: selective examples by PACE 

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), upon request by Mr Pierre-Yves Le Borgn’, Rapporteur on the implementation of judgments of the ECtHR, published an overview compiling selected examples of the positive impact of the Convention on member states. Read more

New book on Parliaments and the European Court of Human Rights

The critical role of national parliaments in alleviating the implementation crisis affecting the European Convention system is addressed in a new book by Alice Donald and Philip Leach of Middlesex University. The book investigates in detail five European states with differing records of compliance with Strasbourg judgments: Ukraine, Romania, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Germany. It explores the relationship between parliaments and different Council of Europe bodies, and provides an authoritative account of the democratic legitimacy of the Convention system.  
The 9th annual report of the Committee of Ministers on the supervision of the execution of judgments and decisions of the European Court of Human Rights can be found here.
The European Court of Human Rights has published a new film about its work and impact on the member states of the Council of Europe.

EIN events

On 2 December 2016, the EIN will hold a launch event in Strasbourg as it is entering a new phase of its development as a standalone entity in Strasbourg. The event will take place at the European Court of Human Rights and will feature a roundtable discussion that aims to encourage an exchange of views on implementation and to reflect on the reforms that have been enacted to date. More information on our website soon.
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The EIN serves as a hub and a resource for European NGOs who seek to engage constructively with the Council of Europe for better implementation of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights, while also pursuing vigorous national­ level advocacy.
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