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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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Khlaifia and Others v. Italy

15 December 2016 | Judicial Body: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Legal Instrument: 1950 European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) | Topic(s): Effective remedy - Expulsion - Freedom from torture, inhuman and degrading treatment - Illegal immigrants / Undocumented migrants - Right to liberty and security | Countries: Italy - Tunisia

MD c. Grèce

13 November 2014 | Judicial Body: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Topic(s): Expulsion - Freedom from torture, inhuman and degrading treatment - Illegal entry - Illegal immigrants / Undocumented migrants - Prison or detention conditions - Right to liberty and security | Countries: Bangladesh - Greece

Herman et Serazadishvili c. Grèce

24 April 2014 | Judicial Body: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Topic(s): Arbitrary arrest and detention - Country of origin information (COI) - Deportation / Forcible return - Freedom from torture, inhuman and degrading treatment - Illegal immigrants / Undocumented migrants - Immigration Detention - Prison or detention conditions - Rejected asylum-seekers - Right to liberty and security | Countries: Georgia - Greece - Indonesia

Paposhvili c. Belgique

17 April 2014 | Judicial Body: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Topic(s): Deportation / Forcible return - Expulsion - Freedom from torture, inhuman and degrading treatment - Illegal immigrants / Undocumented migrants - National security / Public order - Right to family life - Right to health - Suspensive effect | Countries: Belgium - Georgia - Italy

Hussun et autres c. Italie

19 January 2010 | Judicial Body: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Topic(s): Effective remedy - Expulsion - Freedom from torture, inhuman and degrading treatment - Illegal immigrants / Undocumented migrants - Right to life | Countries: Iraq - Italy - Jordan - Morocco - Palestine, State of

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