The European Convention On Human Rights

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- Anything that is italicized needs to be rewritten The European Convention on Human Rights. Exactly what is it and what are its aims? Its an international treaty which only member States of the Council of Europe may sign. The Convention lays a basic groundwork of all rights and guarantees which the States have to be held to. These rights include the freedom of though, expression, conscience, religion, effective remedy, peace enjoyment of possessions, and the right to vote and to stand for election. However, there are some limitations within these rights that need mentioning: Qualified, Absolute and Limited Rights. Absolute rights refer to the prohibition torture and inhuman and degrading treatment (Article 3). The State can never withhold or take away these rights. Limited rights, such as the right to liberty (article 5) may be limited under explicit and finite circumstances. Qualified rights are those which require a balance between the rights of the individual and the needs of the wider community or state interest. These include the right to respect for private and family life (article 8), to manifest one’s religion or beliefs (Article 9), expression (Article 10), freedom of assembly and associations (article 11), the right to peaceful enjoyment of property (protocol 1, article 1), and to some extent, the right to education (protocol 1 Article 2) The Council of Europe is a regional intergovernmental organization which promotes human rights, democracy, and in the rule of
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