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PM wants 'greater leeway' from ECHR

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David Cameron is to address the Council of Europe in Strasbourg and is expected to call for a filtering system to make sure fewer and more important cases only reach the European Court of Human Rights. Sanchia Berg reports on some of the more memorable decisions of recent years including that about the killers of toddler Jamie Bulger.

Chief political correspondent James Landale told the Today programme's Evan Davis that these reform proposals are about efficiency and that there is a "massive back log" of cases facing the court. He added that the prime minister wants to give national legislations "greater leeway to do their own thing".

Attorney General Dominic Grieve said that the chances of reform are "extremely good" because there is a "desire to see reform" even if it does "take a bit of time".

He went on to say that the government believes the Convention on Human Rights is a "valuable force for good" that has made a powerful contribution to improving human rights standards and is "an international obligation".


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