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Russia Receives Request to Establish Analogue of ECHR in Eurasia

© Sputnik / Pavel KomarovThe Russian Foreign Ministry and Ministry of Justice have received a proposal on the establishment of a Eurasian Court of Human Rights, Izvestiya newspaper reported Friday.
The Russian Foreign Ministry and Ministry of Justice have received a proposal on the establishment of a Eurasian Court of Human Rights, Izvestiya newspaper reported Friday. - Sputnik International
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The Russian Foreign Ministry and Ministry of Justice have received a proposal on the establishment of a Eurasian Court of Human Rights, Izvestiya newspaper reported Friday.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The proposal was made by the chairwoman of the Commission on Development of Public Diplomacy and Support of Russian Compatriots Abroad, Elena Sutormina, following a recent deterioration of relations between Russia and the West.

According to Sutormina, international events during the previous year once again clearly demonstrate that the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) "applies double standards and biased approaches to claims supplied by Russia."

"Given the importance of the formation of a multipolar world based on the principles of fairness and equality, as well as the dynamic development of cooperation between Russia and many Asian nations, it is appropriate to create an alternative structure for human rights in the Eurasian region," the text of the appeal addressed to the Russian ministries reads, as quoted by Izvestiya.

Sutormina, the author of the appeal, specified in a letter to Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that a preliminary discussion of the proposal could take place at a meeting of Russia and China's leaders in Beijing, scheduled for September 2015.

Recently, Russian politicians have criticized the ECHR for being biased and politicized.

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Earlier in July, Speaker of the Russian lower house of parliament (State Duma) Sergei Naryshkin stressed the necessity of assessing current international law, adding that modern standards are being ignored by many world politicians.

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