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European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms

The European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms was adopted by the Council of Europe on 4 November 1950.

 Article 6 

    2. Everyone who is arrested shall be informed promptly, in a language which he understands, of the reasons for his arrest and of any charge against him...
    3. Everyone charged with a criminal offence has the following minimum rights: (a) to be informed promptly, in a language which he understands and in detail, of the nature and cause of the accusation against him;...
    (e) to have the free assistance of an interpreter if he cannot understand or speak the language used in court.

 Article 14 

    The enjoyment of the rights and freedoms set forth in this Convention shall be secured without discrimination on any ground such as sex, race, colour, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, association with a national minority, property, birth or other status.
Source: ETS No. 5. The full text version of the European Convention on Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms can be found on the Internet site of the Council of Europe. 


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