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27 January 2010 by -

The upper house of Russia’s parliament voted Wednesday to ratify a key protocol on reforming the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), allowing the reform to proceed after years of resistance from Moscow. 

The 137 member Federation Council agreed unanimously to ratify Protocol 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights, aimed at streamlining the work of the Strasbourg-based court and reducing its backlog of cases. The lower house of Russia’s parliament, the Duma, voted to approve the protocol earlier this month.

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24 February 2010 by Sebastian Gottlieb & Vessela Evrova

Austria came under fire earlier this month for refusing asylum to a Serbian man who turned over the infamous “Scorpion tape” to international prosecutors in The Hague.

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