Dean Rohrer

Quem tem medo do Tribunal Europeu dos Direitos Humanos?

SOFIA – Numa altura em que a crise da dívida Europeia fractura a crença pública nas instituições políticas e económicas do continente, esperar-se-ia que os líderes da Europa fortalecessem tantos símbolos unificadores quantos pudessem. Em vez disso, permitiram que uma das jóias da integração Europeia posterior à II Guerra Mundial – o Tribunal Europeu dos Direitos Humanos (TEDH) – também fosse ameaçada.

Ao contrário da União Europeia, sedeada em Bruxelas, e desde há muito atacada pelo seu défice democrático, o TEDH, sedeado em Estrasburgo é, se algo, demasiado bem amado. Em 2011, mais de 60.000 pessoas procuraram a sua ajuda – muito mais do que as que podem esperar uma decisão fundamentada. (Em contraste, o Supremo Tribunal dos Estados Unidos recebe cerca de 10.000 petições por ano.)

Para salvar o TEDH deste fardo esmagador, alguns estados membros propuseram mudanças que poderiam enfraquecê-lo, mesmo que não intencionalmente. Aqueles de nós que apaixonadamente acreditam no Tribunal e nas suas conquistas devem pronunciar-se agora para persuadir os protagonistas de reformas mal orientadas a reverter o rumo. Em vez disso, os 47 estados membros do TEDH – com 800 milhões de pessoas – precisam de arcar com mais responsabilidade para fazer funcionar o sistema existente.

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