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Marckx’ case: European Court of Human Rights has an impact on your daily life…

Committee of Ministers Strasbourg 27 November 2014
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"As a ten months old baby I institute legal proceedings against Belgium", those were the terms that Paula Marckx addressed in 1974 to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. Marckx, a deliberately single mother, considered it unacceptable not to be not recognized as the legitimate mother of her daughter Alexandra. The Strasbourg Court agreed: discrimination between "natural children" and "legitimate children" disappeared from the Belgian codes and from those of many other European countries.  In this video, Paula Marckx and the protagonists of the European Court explain how judgments of Strasbourg have an impact on the daily lives of every European. This recognition is one of the points of interest of the Belgian Chairmanship of the Council of Europe.