Sunday, February 21, 2010

European Court of Human Rights: Reforms Announced to Increase Efficiency

The Council of Europe agreed recently at a conference in Switzerland to reform the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).

The ECHR, which hears complaints from individuals living in any of the member states of the Council of Europe about violations of the European Convention of Human Rights, has a backlog of 120,000 cases.

There is more information from the JURIST legal news website.

The Council of Europe is one of the continent's oldest political organizations, founded in 1949. It groups together 47 countries, and it has granted observer status to five other countries (the Holy See, United States, Canada, Japan and Mexico). Note: The Council of Europe is distinct from the European Union.

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posted by Michel-Adrien at 5:10 pm


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