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UK urges rights court reform

Justice Secretary Ken Clarke will chair a Council of Europe meeting in Brighton that is looking at ways to reform the European Court of Human Rights.

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What reforms does the UK want?

Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke says he is hopeful the other 46 member states of the Council of Europe will agree to the reforms the UK government wants to make to the role of the European Court of Human Rights.

The UK wants to:

  • Improve the efficiency of the court to enable it to work faster
  • Find ways to help the court reduce the backlog of some 150,000 cases
  • Increase the role of nation states in protecting human rights so that fewer cases are referred to the court

Consensus will be required to alter the court's regulations.

The Council of Europe has prepared a preliminary opinion of the Court outlining the reforms it wants to debate.

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