Court reforms were introduced and an innocent man released, after he was wrongly sentenced to 40 years in prison

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

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Mrs Airey wanted to legally separate from her violent husband, but was effectively denied access to a court. This breached her basic rights

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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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Senator put in prison for criticising the government wins case at the European court, leading to greater protection for free speech in Spain

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Criminal prosecution of writer for reporting on allegations of police brutality, and subsequent free speech reforms

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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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European court ruling leads to justice for the victims of Soviet oppression

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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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Ongoing reforms to protect freedom of assembly in Ukraine after human rights campaigner is arrested during anti-corruption protest

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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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Justice for magazine editor ordered to pay huge damages – and new rules to protect free speech in Montenegro

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Inhuman treatment of a four-year-old girl by the authorities leads to reforms to protect vulnerable children in Belgium

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Justice for thousands in Slovenia whose rights had been “erased” overnight

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The European Convention on Human Rights
PROTECTS 830 million people
HOW DOES IT WORK?
HOW DOES IT WORK?

The European Convention on Human Rights covers the following themes:

Right to a Fair Trial

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Liberty

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Slavery and
Human Trafficking

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Equality

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Freedom of Speech

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Torture and Ill-treatment

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Privacy

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Property

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Right to Life

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Freedom of Religion

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Freedom of Assembly

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