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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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Los Santos et de la Cruz c. Grèce

27 June 2014 | Judicial Body: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Topic(s): Freedom from torture, inhuman and degrading treatment - Human rights law - Immigration Detention - Prison or detention conditions - Regional instruments | Countries: Dominican Republic - Greece

Yarashonen v. Turkey

24 June 2014 | Judicial Body: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Topic(s): Chechen - Effective remedy - Freedom from torture, inhuman and degrading treatment - Human rights law - Immigration Detention - Prison or detention conditions - Regional instruments | Countries: Russian Federation - Turkey

M.S. c. Belgique

31 January 2012 | Judicial Body: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Topic(s): Freedom from torture, inhuman and degrading treatment - Human rights law - Immigration Detention - Treaties / Agreements / Charters / Protocols / Conventions / Declarations | Countries: Belgium - Iraq

Human rights and criminal procedure: the case law of the European Court of Human Rights

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2009 | Judicial Body: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights

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