The European Court of Human Rights has recognized the significance of a
challenge to the
lack of a fair
trial in a case
challenging the denial of re-registration of an NGO in Russia.
The Human Rights Resource Center “Sutyajnik” announced yesterday that the
President of the Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights has awarded its
staff lawyer legal aid for representing the
applicant before the Court in Sutyajnik vs. Russia. The competitive
award, made after careful review of the litigating lawyer’s work, was made to a
of the Urals State Law Academy whose dissertation is on the European Convention.
Although the award covers fees
system of free legal aid laid down in Chapter X of the Rules of Court as well as
secretarial expenses (telephone, postage, photocopies, etc.) the amount
represents more a recognition of exceptional skill than a sum sufficient to
cover application and litigation expenses.
suggests that the Court considered the case has merit, and that the decision on
admissibility should be forthcoming soon.
The case Sutyajnik
v. Russia concerns the situation of the right to a fair trial and the right
to association in Russia. The case is significant for Russian NGOs because of
the 1995 law on Non-governmental Organizations which forced all NGOs in Russia
to undergo a re-registration process.
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News Agency Sutyajnik-Press