|Swissotel Grand Efes, Izmir|
An international conference is being held over 26th and 27th April at Izmir, Turkey on the future of the European Court of Human Rights. A joint statement has been issued by Amnesty International, the AIRE Centre, the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre, Interights, the International Commission of Jurists, JUSTICE, and Liberty. The statement is aimed at trying to ensure that certain principles continue to apply.
The statement is well worth reading in full. The U.K. is represented by Kenneth Clarke - see Ministry of Justice. The draft of the conference programme was published by the Council of Europe on 19th April.
27th April: The conference concluded with the IZMIR DECLARATION - this builds on the Interlaken Declaration which came into effect on 1st June 2010.