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The Convention for the Protection of Human Rigths an Fundamental Freedoms, also known as the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), was adopted under the auspices of the Council of Europe; signed in Rome in 1950 to protect human rights and fundamental freedoms. The Convention came into effect in 1953. All member states of the Council of Europe are party to the Convention and new members are expected to ratify the convention at the earliest opportunity.

The Convention established the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). Since 1998 (entry into force of Protocol 11) has any individual who feels their rights have been violated under the Convention by a state party direct access to the Court. Decisions of the Court are legally binding.

The ECHR has the power to award damages. The establishment of a Court to protect individuals from human rights violations is an innovative feature for an international convention on human rights, as it gives the individual an active role in international law. The European Convention is still the only international human rights agreement providing such a high degree of individual protection. States Parties can also take cases against other States Parties to the Court (although this power is rarely used).

By ratifying Protocol 11, all States Parties accepted the jurisdiction of the Court to rule over cases brought against them by individuals.


08.11.2007:
Ausnahmezustand in Georgien und vorgezogene Präsidentschaftswahlen [weiter]

17.09.2007:
Rechtsanwaltskammern gegen Gesetzentwurf zur Telekommu-
nikationsüberwachung [weiter]

07.07.2007:
Schäuble fordert "Internierung", Internet- und Handyverbot für "Gefährder" [weiter]

27.05.2007:
BVerfG: Nichteheliche Kinder dürfen beim Betreuungsunterhalt nicht benachteiligt werden [weiter]

22.05.2007:
Sammelklage gegen Vorratsdatenspeicherung [weiter]

22.05.2007:
Grundrechte-Report 2007 erschienen [weiter]

22.05.2007:
Internationale Liga für Menschenrechte fordert sofortige Beendigung des Grundrechte-Ausverkaufs [weiter]


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