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Source: Die Linke “Thanks to the double presidency of the EU and the Council of Europe, the Federal Government has the unique opportunity to promote the EU’s accession to the European Convention on Human Rights, which has been overdue for more than ten years. It must make this its priority and ensure that the convention is applied without exception ”, explains Andrej Hunko, deputy chairman and European policy spokesman for the DIE LINKE parliamentary group, on the occasion of the German chairmanship of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers, which begins today. Hunko continues: “The European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) is the most important instrument for the protection of fundamental rights in the 47 member states of the Council of Europe. Although the EU committed itself to accession in the Lisbon Treaty in 2007, this is still pending. This means that human rights violations by EU agencies such as Frontex cannot be brought before the European Court of Human Rights. This must change immediately. The German government has repeatedly expressed its verbal approval of the EU’s accession to the ECHR. Action is required now. It must make full use of the overlap between the German EU Council Presidency and the German Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe in order to finally make the obligation to join the ECHR a reality. “

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