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The urgency of renewed UK commitment to human rights

The European Convention is 70 today. We should celebrate, not undermine, what is one of the most successful international instruments of modern times

By Dimitrios Giannoulopoulos  

At the founding of the Council of Europe, of which the ECHR is one body. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Today marks the 70th anniversary of the signing of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) in Rome. On 2nd October, we celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Human Rights Act (HRA) coming into effect.

These important milestones offer an opportunity to look back, to the substantial impact that 70 years of ECHR jurisprudence has had on our domestic law, transforming for the better the everyday lives of individuals and communities in the UK.

They also require us…

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