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UK urges rights court reform

Justice Secretary Ken Clarke will chair a Council of Europe meeting in Brighton that is looking at ways to reform the European Court of Human Rights.

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Profile: European Court of Human Rights

  • Operates in Strasbourg in France
  • Most cases brought by individuals who feel they have been denied justice by national courts
  • Individuals can bring a case without needing an expensive lawyer
  • The court will adhere to the European Convention on Human Rights
  • Rulings are legally binding
  • The Court's deliberations are always secret
  • Over 50,000 new applications are lodged every year
  • The Council of Europe checks to see that rulings are implemented

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