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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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Izevbekhai and Others v. Ireland

Decision on admissibility.

17 May 2011 | Judicial Body: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Topic(s): Children-at-risk - Deportation / Forcible return - Female genital mutilation (FGM) - Freedom from torture, inhuman and degrading treatment - Non-state agents of persecution - Rejected asylum-seekers - Social group persecution - State protection - Women-at-risk | Countries: Ireland - Nigeria

Hajduova v. Slovakia

30 November 2010 | Judicial Body: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Topic(s): Domestic violence - Effective protection - Right to family life - State protection | Countries: Slovakia

Opuz v. Turkey

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

9 June 2009 | Judicial Body: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Topic(s): Domestic violence - Freedom from torture, inhuman and degrading treatment - Gender discrimination - Right to life - SGBV - State protection | Countries: Turkey

Elezaj and Others v. Sweden

20 September 2007 | Judicial Body: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Topic(s): Country of origin information (COI) - Credibility assessment - Freedom from torture, inhuman and degrading treatment - Right to life - State protection | Countries: Albania - Sweden

Goncharova and Alekseytsev v. Sweden

3 May 2007 | Judicial Body: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Topic(s): Criminal justice - Deportation / Forcible return - Evidence (including age and language assessments / medico-legal reports) - Freedom from torture, inhuman and degrading treatment - Mental health - Military service / Conscientious objection / Desertion / Draft evasion / Forced conscription - Right to family life - State protection | Countries: Russian Federation - Sweden

Collins and Akaziebie v. Sweden

8 March 2007 | Judicial Body: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Topic(s): Country of origin information (COI) - Deportation / Forcible return - Female genital mutilation (FGM) - Freedom from torture, inhuman and degrading treatment - Internal flight alternative (IFA) / Internal relocation alternative (IRA) / Internal protection alternative (IPA) - State protection | Countries: Nigeria - Sweden

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