MOSCOW, June 1, 2006 -- A Council of Europe envoy has rejected Russian accusations that the European Court of Human Rights is exhibiting political bias against Russia.
Erik Jurgens described the claims as "highly improbable" and called on Moscow not to undermine the court's authority.
The council, Europe's leading human rights body, has criticized Moscow for what it called rights violations in Chechnya, abuses by police forces, and infringements on media, social, religious, and minority freedoms.
The council's affiliated court has ruled against Russia in numerous cases.
Russia last month took over the rotating chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.
Police in Moscow arrest human rights demonstrators on February 1 (courtesy photo)
THE RECORD ON RIGHTS: On March 8, the U.S. State Department issued its global report on human rights. According to the report, 15 years after the breakup of the Soviet Union, human rights are improving in many post-communist countries. But problems persist in others, it says, despite the worldwide explosion of information and Western efforts to spread democracy. (more)
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