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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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Aden Ahmed v. Malta

23 July 2013 | Judicial Body: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Freedom from torture, inhuman and degrading treatment - Habeas corpus - Immigration Detention - Prison or detention conditions - Right to liberty and security | Countries: Malta - Somalia

Abdi v. The United Kingdom

9 April 2013 | Judicial Body: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Expulsion - Immigration Detention | Countries: Somalia - United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Samsam Mohammed Hussein and Others v. the Netherlands and Italy

2 April 2013 | Judicial Body: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Document type: Case Law | Countries: Italy - Netherlands - Somalia

Hode and Abdi v. The United Kingdom

This judgment will become final in the circumstances set out in Article 44 § 2 of the Convention. It may be subject to editorial revision.

6 November 2012 | Judicial Body: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Family reunification - Refugee / Asylum law - Right to family life | Countries: Somalia - United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

N. and Others v. the United Kingdom (Statement of Facts)

15 March 2012 | Judicial Body: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Credibility assessment | Countries: Somalia - United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Hirsi Jamaa and Others v. Italy

Related documents: UNHCR's oral intervention at the European Court of Human Rights - Hearing of the case Hirsi and Others v. Italy (22 June 2011); and Submission by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in the Case of Hirsi and Others v. Italy (29 March 2011); and Intervener Brief filed on behalf of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (5 May 2011).

23 February 2012 | Judicial Body: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Document type: Case Law | Countries: Eritrea - Italy - Libya - Somalia

Hayaati Ahmed Ali v. The Netherlands and Greece

24 January 2012 | Judicial Body: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Access to procedures - Decision on admissibility | Countries: Somalia

D.H. V. Finland

28 June 2011 | Judicial Body: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Smuggling of persons - Trafficking in persons - Unaccompanied / Separated children | Countries: Somalia

Sufi and Elmi v. United Kingdom

28 June 2011 | Judicial Body: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Complementary forms of protection - Country of origin information (COI) - Deportation / Forcible return - EU Qualification Directive - Freedom from torture, inhuman and degrading treatment - Internal armed conflict - Internal flight alternative (IFA) / Internal relocation alternative (IRA) / Internal protection alternative (IPA) - International protection - Rejected asylum-seekers - Returnees - Security situation | Countries: Somalia - United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Osman v. Denmark

14 June 2011 | Judicial Body: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Document type: Case Law | Legal Instrument: 1950 European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) | Topic(s): Freedom from torture, inhuman and degrading treatment - Right to family life | Countries: Denmark - Somalia

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