For Immediate Release
Russia: Constitutional Court Backs Selective Justice
Overrules Binding European Court of Human Rights Judgment
Russia’s Constitutional Court has, for the first time, ruled that a binding decision of an international human rights body was “non-executable” and cannot be carried out, Human Rights Watch said today. The court said that a July 4, 2013 ruling by the European Court of Human Rights requiring reform of an absolute ban on voting rights for prisoners violates Russia’s constitution.
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