Archive for January, 2010
Shocked - Shocked! ‘Tell me it ain’t so’ Dept:
The European Court of Human Rights said it issued 2,395 rulings in 2009, an increase of 27 percent from the previous year, with Turkey and Russia as the biggest offenders, according to annual figures released Thursday.
Judges issued 341 rulings against Turkey, more than 200 of them concerning the workings of its national courts and 30 following complaints of inhuman or degrading treatment.
Russia remained in second place with 210 rights violations, including three for torture and 84 for inhuman treatment – mostly from war-torn Chechnya.
Russia is also by far the biggest source of complaints with 28 percent. The foreign ministry in Moscow says many these relate to conditions in jails and abuses committed by government forces in Chechnya.
The Russian parliament has just voted to ratify a key protocol that allows reforms streamlining the Strasbourg court to go ahead.
The protocol had been blocked by Moscow lawmakers in 2006 amid complaints that the court was anti-Russian.
Europe’s top rights court is battling to come to grips with an increasing workload that soared by nearly a quarter last year. The number of pending cases at the Strasbourg tribunal rose by 23 percent to 119,300, the court said in its annual report.
The European Court of Human Rights, which celebrated its 50th anniversary last year, can be appealed to by 818 million people in the 47-country Council of Europe if they feel their national courts have failed.
From the country whose Prime Minister is currently issuing almost hourly lectures to Israel (a free and democratic country whose large Muslim Arab population enjoys standards of governance and rights completely unheard of in any Islamic country); comes this salutory lesson embodied by the ancient, advisory proverb inolving people, glass houses and stone-throwing.
Taste the sweet irony, Tayyip Bey.
[Source: Hürriyet Daily News]
…i.e. ‘Bash Israel, cosy up to Islamist dictatorships’ – and raises the spectre that should alarm every European citizen – an early EU entry for Turkey, a country descending rapidly into radicalism. Introducing Carl Bildt, major player in the Islamisation of Europe:
Turkey’s emergence as a strong foreign policy player in its region is making some people nervous, but Sweden’s foreign minister says the country’s step forward is good for everyone and calls for more dialogue with Ankara. ‘Very little would have happened in the last 50 years without political leadership. We need to overcome the burden of the past,’ he says
Turkey’s geo-strategic location and its increasingly dynamic foreign policy are advantages for Europe and the country’s European Union aspirations, according to Sweden’s Foreign Minister Carl Bildt. Read the rest of this entry »
More British Judiciary dhimmitude. Perhaps we should be paying them interest, instead? No, wait..
The UK Supreme Court has ruled that special Treasury orders that freeze the assets of terror suspects are unlawful.
The judges at the UK’s highest court said the government had exceeded its powers by controlling the finances of five suspects.
They also lifted a ban on identifying the men who brought the challenge.
The court said the government should have sought Parliament’s approval for the asset freezing regime, rather than creating it automatically. Read the rest of this entry »
Stay classy. Symbolic address as Israel’s President speaks in Berlin today. But the BBC thinks it little more than an inconvenience:
It is a sign of the times that when the Israeli president makes a state visit these days, unprecedented security measures are put in place.
So ever since Shimon Peres arrived in the German capital on Monday, Berliners have had to put up with road closures and traffic jams in the centre of the city – these road-blocks will be in place until Thursday.
Berlin’s Taggespiegel daily newspaper said Shimon Peres “was the most endangered political leader in the world after the US president”. Read the rest of this entry »