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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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R.D. c. France

16 June 2016 | Judicial Body: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Topic(s): Effective remedy - Freedom from torture, inhuman and degrading treatment - Persecution of family members - Religious persecution (including forced conversion) | Countries: France - Guinea

Sow c. Belgique

19 January 2016 | Judicial Body: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Topic(s): Effective remedy - Evidence (including age and language assessments / medico-legal reports) - Female genital mutilation (FGM) - Forced marriage - Freedom from torture, inhuman and degrading treatment - Gender-based persecution - SGBV | Countries: Belgium - Guinea

Diallo v. the Czech Republic

23 June 2011 | Judicial Body: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Topic(s): Asylum-seekers - Deportation / Forcible return - Effective remedy - Manifestly unfounded / Clearly abusive claims - Persecution based on political opinion - Refoulement - Safe third country - Suspensive effect | Countries: Czech Republic - Guinea

M.A.D. c. France

12 October 2010 | Judicial Body: Council of Europe: European Court of Human Rights | Countries: France - Guinea

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