The European Court for Human Rights with a decision yesterday, attached blame to Greece that it is inactive and cannot secure for the Greeks of the world the right to vote.
However, the court didn’t adjudicate the claim for damages.
The case was tried after a legal redress of Nikolaos Sitaropoulos and Christos Giakoumopoulos, citizens of Strasbourg, France, who didn’t vote for the elections of 2007. They are both employees of the Council of Europe, while a third employee, Stefanos Stavrou, who first participated, decided to withdraw his redress.
According to the decision, the two employees addressed, September 10th, the Greek ambassador in France asking him the right to vote from the place they live. The ambassador answered that, due to “objective difficulties”(because of a law ) the organizing of elections in the embassies is not possible.
The court recognized, (5 votes for and 2 against ) that there was a violation of the Article 3 of Protocol No1 (right for free elections) of the European Convention of Human Rights. The recognition of the violation consists a fair and sufficient satisfaction. In the decision, the European Court refers that Greece has not arranged this matter 30 years now.