71 years of the European Convention on Human Rights (1950-2021)

More than 70 years have passed since the signing of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR; formally the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms), one of the most important international mechanisms protecting human rights.

The human rights enshrined in the convention are not just a definition, but rather the values and principles that ensure the state is guided by the rule of law.

All 47 member states of the Council of Europe have signed the Convention. Ukraine ratified the Convention on July 17, 1997.

According to the Secretary-General of the Council of Europe Marija Pejčinović Burić, the Convention on Human Rights is the soul of modern Europe and the implementation by member states of the European Court of Human Rights is not a “kind request” but a “mandatory legal requirement”.

The Convention serves as a guideline for the foundation of democracy, the development of the state, respect for human rights and is one of the prerequisites for a democratic society.

The world is changing, years go by, but something remains the same, in particular the values ​​on which the Convention is based.

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