On receipt of a request from the Secretary-General of the
Council of Europe any High Contracting Party shall furnish an explanation of
the manner in which its internal law ensures the effective implementation of any
of the provisions of this Convention.
The expenses of the Commission and the Court shall be borne
by the Council of Europe.
The members of the Commission and of the Court shall be
entitled, during the discharge of their functions, to the privileges and
immunities provided for in Article 40 of the Statute of the Council of Europe
and in the agreements made thereunder.
Nothing in this Convention shall be construed as limiting or
derogating from any of the human rights and fundamental freedoms which may be
ensured under the laws of any High Contracting Party or under any other
agreement to which it is a Party.
Nothing in this Convention shall prejudice the powers
conferred on the Committee of Ministers by the Statute of the Council of
The High Contracting Parties agree that, except by special
agreement, they will not avail themselves of treaties, conventions or
declarations in force between them for the purpose of submitting, by way of
petition, a dispute arising out of the interpretation or application of this
Convention to a means of settlement other than those provided for in this
- Any State may at the time of
its ratification or at any time thereafter declare by notification
addressed to the Secretary- General of the Council of Europe that the
present Convention shall extend to all or any of the territories for whose
international relations it is responsible.
- The Convention shall extend to
the territory or territories named in the notification as from the
thirtieth day after the receipt of this notification by the
Secretary-General of the Council of Europe.
- The provisions of this Convention
shall be applied in such territories with due regard, however, to local
- Any State which has made a
declaration in accordance with paragraph 1 of this article may at any time
thereafter declare on behalf of one or more of the territories to which
the declaration relates that it accepts the competence of the Commission
to receive petitions from individuals, non-governmental organizations or
groups of individuals in accordance with Article 25 of the present
- Any State may, when signing
this Convention or when depositing its instrument of ratification, make a
reservation in respect of any particular provision of the Convention to
the extent that any law then in force in its territory is not in
conformity with the provision. Reservations of a general character shall
not be permitted under this article.
- Any reservation made under this
article shall contain a brief statement of the law concerned.
- A High Contracting Party may
denounce the present Convention only after the expiry of five years from
the date of which it became a Party to it and after six months' notice
contained in a notification addressed to the Secretary-General of the
Council of Europe, who shall inform the other High Contracting Parties.
- Such a denunciation shall not
have the effect of releasing the High Contracting Party concerned from its
obligations under this Convention in respect of any act which, being
capable of constituting a violation of such obligations, may have been
performed by it before the date at which the denunciation became
- Any High Contracting Party
which shall cease to be a Member of the Council of Europe shall cease to
be a Party to this Convention under the same conditions.
- The Convention may be denounced
in accordance with the provisions of the preceding paragraphs in respect
of any territory to which it has been declared to extend under the terms
- This Convention shall be open
to the signature of the Members of the Council of Europe. It shall be
ratified. Ratifications shall be deposited with the Secretary-General of
the Council of Europe.
- The present Convention shall
come into force after the deposit of ten instruments of ratification.
- As regards any signatory
ratifying subsequently, the Convention shall come into force at the date
of the deposit of itsP!nstrument of ratification.
- The Secretary-General of the
Council of Europe shall notify all the Members of the Council of Europe of
the entry into force of the Convention, the names of the High Contracting
Parties who have ratified it, and the deposit of all instruments of
ratification which may be effected subsequently.
Done at Rome this 4th day of
November, 1950, in English and French, both text
being equally authentic, in a single copy which shall remain deposited in the
archives of the Council of Europe. The Secretary-General shall transmit
certified copies to each of the signatories.