Happy Birthday to the European Convention on Human Rights
Sixty five years ago, the European Convention on Human Rights entered into force and it is now protecting more than 830 million people
- September 03, 2018 16:15
- Olya Georgieva
The Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, better known as the European Convention on Human Rights, entered into force on 3 September 1953. It was the first instrument to give effect to certain of the rights stated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (including the right to life, the right to a fair trial and the right to free speech) and makes them binding. Whether applied by national courts or the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, the Convention has changed people’s lives in many different ways across the whole continent.
Ahead of the anniversary, Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland said: “The European Convention on Human Rights is a unique safety net protecting more than 830 million people.” The European Convention on Human Rights has played a key role in promoting stability and security in Europe over the last 65 years and, at a time when the continent was and still is facing many serious challenges, its safeguards remain as crucial as ever.
Source: Council of Europe
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