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Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights

The Court, based in Strasbourg, was set up as a result of the European Convention on Human Rights, created in 1950. This set out a catalogue of civil and political rights and freedoms. It allows people to lodge complaints against States which have signed up to the Convention for alleged violations of those rights. Although founded in 1950, the Court did not actually come into existence until 1959. It gained its present form as a single European Court of Human Rights when Protocol No. 11 to the ECHR took effect in 1998.

The Court is currently made up of 47 judges, one in principle for every State signed up to the Convention. They are elected by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and serve for six years. Judges sit on the Court as individuals and do not represent their country.  Website: www.echr.coe.int/Pages/home.aspx?p=home
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Mohammadi v. Austria

3 July 2014 | Judicial Body: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Arbitrary arrest and detention - Asylum-seekers - Deportation / Forcible return - Expulsion - Non-refoulement - Refugee status determination (RSD) / Asylum procedures - Regional instruments - Safe third country | Countries: Afghanistan - Austria - Hungary - Serbia

Sharifi v Austria

5 December 2013 | Judicial Body: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Freedom from torture, inhuman and degrading treatment - Regional instruments - Safe third country | Countries: Afghanistan - Austria - Greece

Singh et autres c. Belgique

2 October 2012 | Judicial Body: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Minorities - Proof of nationality - Refoulement - Religious discrimination - Religious persecution (including forced conversion) - Safe third country - Sikh | Countries: Afghanistan - Belgium

M.S.S. v. Belgium and Greece

This judgment is final but may be subject to editorial revision.

21 January 2011 | Judicial Body: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Access to procedures - Effective remedy - Freedom from torture, inhuman and degrading treatment - Immigration Detention - Non-refoulement - Reception - Safe third country - Single procedure | Countries: Afghanistan - Belgium - Greece

Quraishi c. Belgique

Admissibility application.

12 May 2009 | Judicial Body: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Asylum-seekers - Effective remedy - Expulsion - Immigration Detention - Refoulement - Right to liberty and security - Safe third country - Single procedure - Women-at-risk | Countries: Afghanistan

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