Freedom from violence against women: impact of European Convention on Human Rights

Council of Europe

The Council of Europe has published a new “Freedom from violence against women” section of its dedicated website highlighting the impact of the European Convention on Human Rights, as part of the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence.

The new section includes twelve case studies showing how judgments from the European Court of Human Rights, and their implementation by Council of Europe member states, have helped to change national laws and practices on violence against women, to the benefit of society as a whole.

Examples include the landmark Opuz v. Turkey case, which helped to inspire the Council of Europe’s Istanbul Convention on violence against women, and cases leading to better protections for victims in Belgium, Italy and several other countries.

The website on the impact of the European Convention on Human Rights, which includes over 150 case studies from across Europe, is available in English, French, German, Russian and Turkish.

A new section on human rights and the environment was recently added to the site. A further section on human rights and health will be published in December, as well as a number of additional case studies and audio-visual materials.

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