Strasbourg, 07.04.2006 - The Committee of Ministers adopted on Wednesday an Interim Resolution encouraging Belgium to pursue the broad reform of the Conseil d’Etat and of proceedings relating so as to aliens undertaken to ensure full respect of the European Convention of Human Rights.
The Committee also noted with satisfaction the interim measures swiftly taken by Belgium to that effect, including the circular of the Minister of the Interior to the Aliens Office and a Royal Decree laying down the system and operating rules of the detention centres managed by the Aliens Office.
The above reforms are in response to the judgment of 12 February 2002 of the European Court of Human Rights’ in the Conka v. Belgium case, concerning various violations of the Convention relating to the conditions of arrest and detention of a group of asylum seekers and their collective expulsion, as well as the haphazard treatment of the appeals they had lodged in this connection.
Full text of the Committee’s Resolution
Under the European Convention on Human Rights, the European Court’s judgments require the adoption by the respondent states, under the Committee supervision, of all measures necessary to grant the applicants appropriate redress and to prevent new similar violations in the future (http://www.coe.int/T/E/Human_Rights/execution/).
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