14:19 - COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS: BRIGHTON, HIGH LEVEL CONFERENCE TO REFORM IT OPENS TOMORROW
A high level Conference on the future of the European Court of Human Rights, organised within the framework of the British Chairmanship of the Council of Europes Committee of Ministers, will kick off tomorrow in Brighton (until 20 April). The aim of the Conference is that the Ministers of the 47 member states of the CoE agree on a package of measures leading to the reform of the Strasbourg Court. According to a note from the CoE, at the Interlaken (2010) and Izmir (2011) Conferences, member states, while recognising the extraordinary contribution of the Court to the protection of human rights in Europe (Ed.s note: over 10,000 judgements in 50 years), agreed unanimously that its reform is needed in order to ensure the continuing effectiveness of the Convention system. The aim of the Brighton Conference, British Prime Minister David Cameron explained on his recent visit to Strasbourg, will be to agree on a package of concrete reforms to ensure that the Court can be most effective for all 800 million citizens of Council of Europe member states. The United Kingdom, for its part, supports the reform, but over the past few months, there has been much debate among the Courts supporters and its detractors. The latter would like to see the privileges of the Strasbourg judges limited and the influence of the body reduced.