I am delighted to welcome the European Implementation Network as a new force to help ensure that the judgments of the European Court of Human Rights are properly implemented.
The European Convention on Human Rights and the Strasbourg Court exist to protect peace, liberty and justice across our continent. The obligation on states to abide by the Court’s rulings is the linchpin on which the system depends.
In the majority of cases, states respect the Court’s decisions and execute its judgments. However, we are seeing a growing and dangerous trend in Europe, in which international human rights law is increasingly challenged.
The Council of Europe’s 47 member states share responsibility for ensuring that judgments are implemented. By creating a bridge between Strasbourg and civil society, I am sure that the EIN can play an extremely important role in supporting this process.
Through the EIN’s work, I hope that we will see greater public debate and scrutiny, at the national level, over the ways in which governments meet their obligations. The message from many of Europe’s citizens is that they want their governments to uphold human rights.