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Proposals for a More Effective Control Mechanism of the European Convention on Human Rights: The Role of the Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights and of Human Rights National Institutions
The Italian Parliament and Senate are presently discussing two draft laws establishing for the first time national structures for the protection of human rights: the National Ombudsman and the Commission for the Protection of Human Rights. Against the backdrop of this promising legislative development concerning promotion and protection of human rights in Italy, the article mainly aims to inform the specialised public about Council of Europe’s recent proposals for the improvement of the control mechanism of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), which directly relate to the mediation role of national human rights institutions (NHRI). Another aim is to ponder the negative effects so far of a prolonged absence of NHIR in Italy, in the context of the present discussions for the improvement of the «Strasbourg Machinery».