Trage justitiële procedures leiden tot groot gevaar voor respect rechtsstaat in Italië - Raad van Europa roept Italië op tot snelle actie (en)
Strasbourg - 01.12.2005 - The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe yesterday adopted an Interim Resolution on the problem of delayed justice in Italy at the basis of numerous violations of the European Convention of Human Rights since the 1980's. Having assessed the results achieved over the last years, the Committee called for a new national strategy to solve this problem.
The Committee noted that despite the efforts undertaken by the authorities, a solution will not be found in the near future to this problem which constitutes a real danger for the respect of the rule of law in Italy.
The Committee also stressed that the persistence of the situation clearly highlights the structural and complex nature of the underlying problems and that an interdisciplinary approach and commitment at the highest level, involving the key actors, is required for its solution.
The Committee noted therefore with great interest the ongoing discussion and new initiatives currently pending before the Italian parliament to promote implementation of judgments of the Court and welcomed the renewed efforts made by the Government to that effect.
In conclusion the Committee:
URGED the Italian authorities to enhance their political commitment and make it their effective priority to meet Italy's obligation under the Convention and the Court's judgments, to secure the right to a fair trial within a reasonable time to all persons under Italy's jurisdiction;
CALLED UPON the competent authorities to set up an effective national policy, coordinated at the highest governmental level, with a view to achieving a comprehensive solution to the problem and to present by the end of 2006 at the latest a new plan of action based on a stocktaking of results achieved so far and embodying an efficient approach to its implementation;
DECIDED to maintain these cases under close supervision and resume consideration of them at its last meeting (DH) in 2006, noting the commitment of the Italian authorities to keep the Council of Europe informed of progress in the preparation of the said action plan.
Under the European Convention on Human Rights, the European Court's judgments require the adoption by the respondent states, under the Committee supervision, of all measures necessary to grant the applicants appropriate redress and to prevent new similar violations in future (http://www.coe.int/T/E/Human_Rights/execution/).
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