Switzerland wants to reform the European Court of Human Rights when it takes over the chairmanship of the Council of Europe, the government says.
The reforms to the Strasbourg-based court will be part of the country's focus on three core areas – protection of human rights, promotion of democracy and the rule of law – after Switzerland takes over leadership of the 47-member body.
Switzerland's tenure will run from November 18, 2009 to mid-May 2010, the foreign ministry said after a meeting on Monday between Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey and Council of Europe Secretary General Terry Davis.
The visit was Davis's first to Switzerland since his election in 2004.
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