• Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland


  • NEWS 2006-2010

  • 4 November 2010

     Opened for signature on 4 November 1950 in Rome – precisely 60 years ago – the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, more commonly known as the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), up to this day remains the very basis of the European law.

    Drafted within the Council of Europe, the Convention was to incorporate a variety of laws and civil liberties, such as the right to life, freedom from torture, the right to freedom and personal security, the right to a fair trial, freedom of expression, freedom of thought, freedom of conscience and religion, freedom of association, etc. In the following years additional protocols to the Convention introduced, among other things, property protection, the right to free elections, the right not to be denied an education and the complete abolition of death penalty.

    Poland attaches special importance to the European Convention on Human Rights. It changed considerably the standards of human rights protection and has a great bearing on the legal systems of European states. Thanks to the unique implementation mechanism, the rights and liberties of citizens of 47 Council of Europe states are duly protected.

    Over the years the Convention is gaining in importance as it is regularly updated. Poland plays an important role in the work on reforming the Strasburg system. Currently, work is underway for the European Union to join the Convention.

    Marcin Bosacki
    Press Spokesman


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