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Introduction

National parliaments play an undoubtedly important role in the implementation of international human rights standards. NHRIs can influence national parliaments to review the human rights issues identified in ECtHR judgments and adopt appropriate remedying legislation through a number of ways.

Good practices

GeorgiaGreece

Georgia – National Council of Experts 

In the summer of 2020,the Public Defender of Georgia submitted a report to the Parliament of on the enforcement of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights. In this report, the Public Defender assessed the general measures Georgia is to take, and has taken, in two separate groups of cases. The report drew attention to outstanding challenges and recommendations suggested by the Public Defender to tackle those. These were submitted to parliament so to ‘promote full implementation of the decisions made by the international mechanisms on the above-mentioned cases’.

Greece – participation in hearings and discussion in Greek parliament

The Greek National Commission on Human Rights has participated in hearings and discussions in Greek parliament so to raise awareness regarding the (lack of) implementation of the Chowdury case, in which the Court found violations on account of forced labour and trafficking in the agricultural sector.

Roadmap for engagement

Image source: ENNHRI Guidance for National Human Rights Institutions to support implementation of Judgments from the European Court of Human Rights.