Parliament ratified two protocols to the European Convention on Human Rights

The Verkhovna Rada adopted the Law on the Ratification of Protocols No. 15 and No. 16 to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.

As stated in news of the Parliament’s website, the draft law has been registered under No. 0159.

The approved Protocols should contribute to the improvement of the activities of the European Court of Human Rights, reducing the time for the adoption of decisions by the court and raising standards for the protection of human rights at the national level.

In particular, Protocol No. 16 will allow the Supreme Court, before taking a decision on a particular case, to obtain from the ECHR an advisory opinion on the interpretation or application of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.

Protocols No.15 and No.16 to the Convention were signed by Ukraine on June 20, 2014.

Protocol No. 15 shall enter into force on the first day of the month following the expiration of a three-months period from the date on which all the high contracting parties to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms have expressed their consent to be bound by this Protocol except Art. 4, which shall enter into force six months after Protocol No. 15 becomes effective.

Protocol No. 16 shall enter into force on the first day of the month following the expiration of a three- months period from the date on which the ten high contracting parties to the Convention have expressed their consent to be bound by this Protocol.

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