Impact of the European Convention on Human Rights

The European Convention on Human Rights protects 700 million* people in Europe

How does it work ?

Legal reforms after 14-year-old girl kept in domestic servitude in Paris

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France recognises family ties of parents of surrogate children

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Brigitte Heinisch was a geriatric nurse, who was fired after whistleblowing. She took her case to the Strasbourg court and eventually won compensation

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Justice for environmental activists in ‘McLibel’ defamation case

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Oxana Rantseva died trying to escape after she had been allegedly trafficked for sexual exploitation. Her father sought justice in Strasbourg.

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Protection for victims of hate crime after abuse of Hare Krishna follower

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14-year-old girl who was secretly filmed in the bathroom by her stepfather wins case and highlights need for privacy reforms

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European court ruling leads to the reinstatement of a senior Ukrainian judge said to be the victim of political corruption

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Victory at the Strasbourg court leads to the legalisation of homosexuality in Ireland

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Media law changed after columnist fined for criticising politician

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Compensation for North Sea divers denied access to information about health risks

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Woman's legal fight to find out about her origins

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Man persecuted for his sexuality wins landmark judgment – transforming the law in his country and beyond

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The landmark judgment that inspired Europe to act on violence against women

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Court win for victims of the Beslan school terrorism attack

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Thousands of people win right to recover ‘old’ foreign-currency savings

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Examples of the impact of the European Convention on Human Rights by theme:

Right to a Fair Trial

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Right to liberty and security

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Freedom from slavery
and human trafficking

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Right to equality and freedom from discrimination

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Right to family life

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Freedom of Speech

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Freedom from torture and ill-treatment

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Right to privacy

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Right to property

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Right to Life

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Freedom of religion and belief

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Freedom of Assembly

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Human rights and the environment

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Freedom from violence against women

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Human rights and health

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Examples of the impact of the European Convention on Human Rights by country: