European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms

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European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms Based on the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Convention was drawn up within the Council of Europe and opened for signatures in Rome on November 4, 1950. The Convention went into force in September 1953. Three institutions were established to enforce the obligations each member nation agreed upon by means of signing: the European Commission of Human Rights, the European Court of Human Rights, and the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.

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