Nine European states drag heals on human rights: court

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The president of the European Court of Human Rights on Thursday said nine states were guilty of repeated rights violations by delaying the implementation of the court's judgments.

The states -- Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine -- were violating the European Convention on Human Rights due to "major systemic deficiencies", the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe said in a resolution.

President of the court French judge Jean-Paul Costa told journalists after the resolution was adopted by parliamentarians, that the states should make "efforts themselves to prevent a repetition of the human rights violations."

"The execution of the judgments is fundamental," he said, adding that this would reduce the number of cases coming before the Strasbourg court.

The resolution said the states were causing "extremely worrying delays" in implementing rulings.

Most violations were related to deaths or ill treatment at the hands of law enforcement officials, unlawful or over-long detention or legal proceedings and court judgments that were not enforced, parliamentarians said.

Other states where problems had been identified were Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Georgia and Serbia.

© 2011 AFP

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