Rights defenders look to Strasbourg

  • 2003-10-30
  • By Aaron Eglitis
RIGA - Latvia's brief history as a member of the European Court of Human Rights has resulted in the loss of three cases, although for this reason the court, which has the authority to overrule Latvian law on issues of human rights, may shift the orientation of the country's Russian minority from Moscow- toward the West.Since Latvia ratified the human rights convention in 1997 and thereby subjected its sovereign law to the court's authority, the government has seen an increasing number of cases filed against it in the Strasbourg-based court.The court, founded in 1959, consists of 44 judges...
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