12:20 30.10.2017

Poroshenko signs law on ratification of two protocols to European Convention on Human Rights

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Poroshenko signs law on ratification of two protocols to European Convention on Human Rights

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has signed law on the ratification of Protocols No. 15 and No. 16 to the European Convention on Human Rights, Volodymyr Ariev, a Petro Poroshenko Bloc member in Ukrainian parliament, said.

"The president signed the law on ratification of the 15th and 16th protocols to the European Convention on Human Rights! This is an important document that clearly regulates the state's obligations to the European Court of Human Rights and details the rules for filing lawsuits with the European Court of Human Rights. The Supreme Court of Ukraine is also becoming the body which can appeal to the ECHR to interprete the Convention," Ariev wrote on Facebook on Monday.

According to him, this is yet another proof that Ukraine fulfills its obligations to the Council of Europe.

Currently, the website of the Verkhovna Rada does not contain data on the signing of this law by the president.

In September Poroshenko submitted a bill on ratification of protocols No. 15 and No. 16 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.

"Protocol No. 15 and optional protocol No. 16 to the Convention were drawn up by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. The documents will contribute to the improvement of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), reduction ofterms for decision making by the court and increase the human rights protection standards at the national level," the press service of the Ukrainian president said on Friday.

Protocol No. 16 will allow the Supreme Court to receive an advisory opinion from ECHR before issuing its ruling regarding the interpretation or application of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.

Protocols Nos. 15 and 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 period of three months after the date on which all High Contracting Parties to the Convention have expressed their consent to be bound by the Protocol, apart from Article 4 that shall enter force following the expiration of a period of six months after the date of entry into force ofthis Protocol.

Protocol No. 16 shall enter into force on the first day of the month following the expiration of a period of three months after the date on which ten High Contracting Parties to the Convention have expressed their consent to be bound by the Protocol.

As of September 6, 2017, 45 states signed Protocol No. 15 and 35 ratified it, while 18 states signed Protocol No. 16 and eight ratified it.

Protocol No. 16 to the convention has already been signed by 18 states, eight of them expressed their consent to be bound by this protocol.

The Verkhovna Rada adopted the corresponding bill on October 5. On October 12 it was signed by Verkhovna Rada Speaker Andriy Parubiy. And on October 13 the document was sent to the president to be signed.

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