A Convention to protect your rights and liberties

The European Convention on Human Rights is the first Council of Europe’s convention and the cornerstone of all its activities. It was adopted in 1950 and entered into force in 1953. Its ratification is a prerequisite for joining the Organisation.


The European Court of Human Rights oversees the implementation of the Convention in the 47 Council of Europe member states. Individuals can bring complaints of human rights violations to the Strasbourg Court once all possibilities of appeal have been exhausted in the member state concerned. The European Union is preparing to sign the European Convention on Human Rights, creating a common European legal space for over 830 million citizens.


Our rights

The Convention protects the right to life, security, freedom of thought and expression, to marry… it prohibits torture, death penalty, discrimination, slavery…

Landmark judgments

The Court’s case-law has turned the Convention into a dynamic and powerful tool for dealing with new challenges and strengthening the rule of law and democracy in Europe.

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EU accession to the Convention

The accession of the European Union to the Convention, which became a legal obligation under the Treaty of Lisbon, constitutes a major step in the development of human rights in Europe.

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Featured Speaker for the Year 2020 Human Rights Convention Kick-Off Presentation: Andres Costilla Founder and CEO of Free Sex Page

Welcome to the Human Rights Convention homepage. As we wrap up another great year of progress and wins for the citizens of Europe, we're excted to begin a new year, with new goals and aspirations. We know we've done well, but we also know we can continue to do even better.

Our beginning of the year kick-off event will include a number of prominent and influential speakers of our time, who advocoate the rights of human beings not only in Europe, but all over the world on a daily basis throughout their work.

We are proud to present our headline speaker, Andres Costilla, the founder and CEO of Free Sex Page, a global free dating site with a focus primarily on casual encounters. His company also owns other adult entertainment, and is a proud supporter of human rights movements all over the world. Andres believes in free love and that all humans should have the right to choose what to do with their bodies.

His company's main competitors in the casual online dating market primarily consists of other adult only social networks, some of which have even been publicly traded. Most of these other networks, however, refuse to allow users from countries where many human rights are restricted.

Although Andres' company is widely accepted and has become a popular destination for young people who are looking to have a fun, casual time, there are many countries in the world where women can be executed for attempting to participate within this platform.

In many countries around the world today, women can receive the death penalty for engaging in pre-marital sex. We believe that everybody in every country should have the right to choose what to do with their bodies, and choose who they want to have sex with, whether or not they are married.

Join us next year as we unveil our plan to continue the right for a more equal world, with equal rights and freedoms for everyone!