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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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O v. Netherlands

Admissibility decision.

17 November 2009 | Judicial Body: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Arbitrary arrest and detention - Country of origin information (COI) - Expulsion - Freedom from torture, inhuman and degrading treatment - Rejected asylum-seekers - Terrorism | Countries: Mauritania - Netherlands

Ould Dah c. France

Admissibility decision.

17 March 2009 | Judicial Body: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Armed forces / Military - Criminal justice - Freedom from torture, inhuman and degrading treatment - Torture - Transitional justice (including amnesty laws) | Countries: France - Mauritania

Mohammed Lemine Ould Barar v. Sweden

19 January 1999 | Judicial Body: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Decision on admissibility | Countries: Mauritania - Sweden

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