The Council of Europe welcomes approval, for ratification, by the Russian State Duma of Protocol No. 14 to the European Convention on Human Rights

Statement by Micheline Calmy-Rey, Chairperson of the Committee of Ministers and Lluís Maria de Puig, President of the Parliamentary Assembly

Strasbourg, 15.01.2010 - “We welcome the approval, for ratification, of Protocol No. 14 to the European Convention on Human Rights by the Russian State Duma. This decision clears the way for its entry into force. The improvements made by the Protocol to the supervisory mechanism of the Convention will further enhance the protection of the fundamental rights of all individuals within the jurisdiction of the 47 Council of Europe member states.
Protocol No. 14 also enables the European Union to accede to the Convention, following the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty, thus enlarging the scope of this essential instrument.”