CE closely following investigation into murder of journalist Gongadze

18:28, 09 June 2008
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The Council of Europe has recently adopted an Interim Resolution

The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe has recently adopted an Interim Resolution relating to the execution of the Gongadze judgment, according to a CE press-release, forwarded to UNIAN. In the Resolution, the European Court of Human Rights found, amongst others, a violation of Article 2 of the Convention on account both of the authorities` failure to protect the life of G. Gongadze and of subsequent failings in the investigation relating to his disappearance and death.

      The Committee took note that the former police officers charged with Mr Gongadze`s murder were convicted in first instance on 15 March 2008. The Deputies regretted, however, that the investigation with respect to the instigators and organisers of the crime has been ongoing for more than seven years and urged the Ukrainian authorities to take without delay all necessary investigative steps to achieve concrete and visible progress in this respect.

      The Committee encouraged the Ukrainian authorities to intensify their efforts aimed at securing the independence and effectiveness of investigations in Ukraine.

      Full text of the Interim Resolution

      Under the European Convention on Human Rights, the European Court`s judgments require the adoption by the respondent states, under the Committee of Ministers` supervision, of all measures necessary to grant the applicants appropriate redress and to prevent new similar violations in the future.

      A political organisation set up in 1949, the Council of Europe works to promote democracy and human rights continent-wide. It also develops common responses to social, cultural and legal challenges in its 47 member states.

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