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An Introduction to the European Convention on Human Rights

By Martyn Bond, Council of Europe Publishing, 2018, 100 pages, ISBN 978-92-871-8610-2

Authored by Martyn Bond and entitled An Introduction to the European Convention on Human Rights, the Council of Europe has produced a new and concise book for readers who would like a quick and short introduction into the system of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Being a central concern, the European Convention on Human Rights was the very first Convention agreed by the states that set up the Council of Europe over 65 years ago, and signed and ratified by all states that have then joined the Council of Europe since. The right to life, prohibition of torture, freedom of thought, conscience and religion, freedom of expression, the right to marriage, etc. - these rights and many others are protected by the European Convention on Human Rights. The author of this book illustrates each of these rights in a simple and clear way, using specific examples. He also sets the action of the European Court of Human Rights in the wider context of Council of Europe activities pursuing the same ideals.

The first section of the book lists the rights in the European Convention on Human Rights and its various protocols, followed by a section describing some of the cases that illuminate how these rights affect people in practice. A further section briefly describes how the European Court of Human Rights functions, the next section describes how the Council of Europe tries to protect and promote human rights across the continent in other ways, and finally there are some comments on how human rights in Europe may expand and be strengthened in the near future. In this book the reader can find a simple description of what is a complex system.

For more information or to acquire the book, please visit: https://book.coe.int/eur/en/human-rights-and-democracy/7680-an-introduction-to-the-european-convention-on-human-rights.html