Litigation of Human Rights Cases in the Higher Russian Courts (Constitutional
and Supreme) and in the European Court of Human Rights
The Open Society Institute (Budapest)
has agreed to fund a two year Sutyajnik project, to continue and complement
Sutyajnik’s previous OSI-funded project, to prepare and conduct Human Rights
cases in the higher Russian Courts (Constitutional and Supreme) and in the
European Court of Human Rights. The goal of this project is to provide for
domestic solutions of Human Rights problems through the development of domestic
judicial practices that conform to the international standards of Human Rights
as found in such international agreements as the European Convention for the
Protection of Human Rights and the United Nations
Covenant on Civil and
Political Rights and Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, etc.
Sutyajnik will carry out strategic
litigation to achieve this goal. Through consultations with the public and the
legal establishment and review of the media, Sutyajnik will identify and
challenge actions at the local, regional, and federal level that violate
international norms of Human Rights and identify the need for new legislation to
reform institutions that violate Human Rights.
Sutyajnik will continue the operation
of the Consultative Bureau it operated as part of the previously OSI-funded
project to provide advice regarding problems of the practical application of
Human Rights norms to the actions of the local, regional, and federal
In connection with this project,
Sutyajnik will focus on the areas previously identified as most frequently
subject to violation: discrimination on a variety of grounds; violence directed
by law enforcement agencies against citizens; and foreigners, barriers to NGOs
enjoyment of the right of association.
A conference of NGOs, government
authorities, and representatives of the mass media and education establishment
will be hosted by Sutyajnik at the commencement of this project addressing the
problem of bringing Russian legal practices and legislation into conformity with
international Human Rights standards.
Sutyajnik will also publish materials
on the protection of Human Rights. At the conclusion of the project Sutyajnik
will prepare a report on Russian legislation and legal practices that must be
enacted or reformed to conform to international Human Rights standards.
Sutyajnik will also continue to update its
database of its Human Rights cases in the European Court.
will train and utilize young legal interns as new soldiers in the battle for