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HUMAN RIGHTS

SCANDINAVIAN HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYERS are tasked with protecting and promoting the freedoms and rights of individuals. We offer legal expert assistance, conduct legal proceedings and participate in the public debate on human rights.

The fundamental principle behind human rights is that every human being is born free and that all human beings have exactly the same inviolable human value and rights. These rights are universal and apply to all people, regardless of country, culture and context. Human rights regulate the relationship between the state and individuals and limit the state’s power over the individual and establish certain obligations for the state towards the individual.

“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.
They are endowed with reason and conscience
and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”

- United Nations, Charter, 1945

Human rights are part of international law and the rights are enshrined in various types of international agreements, conventions and protocols. We base our work on a few major governing documents: The European Convention on Human Rights, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the UN Declaration with its conventions, the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the European Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings.

ARTICLE 2: RIGHT TO LIFE

We regularly represent clients who risk the death penalty in the event of deportation to their home country.

Vhat does the European Convention on Human Rights say?

    1. Everyone’s right to life shall be protected by law. No one
      shall be deprived of his life intentionally save in the execution of
      a sentence of a court following his conviction of a crime for which
      this penalty is provided by law.
    2. Deprivation of life shall not be regarded as inflicted in
      contravention of this Article when it results from the use of force
      which is no more than absolutely necessary

ARTICLE 3: PROHIBITION OF TORTURE

We regularly represent clients who risk torture in the event of deportation to their home country?

Vhat does the European Convention on Human Rights say?

  1. No one shall be subjected to torture or to inhuman or degrading
    treatment or punishment.

ARTICLE 4: PROHIBITION OF SLAVERY AND FORCED LABOUR

 

We regularly represent clients who risk the death penalty in the event of deportation to their home country.

What does the European Convention on Human Rights say?

    1. No one shall be held in slavery or servitude.
    2. No one shall be required to perform forced or compulsory
      labour.

ARTICLE 6: RIGHT TO A FAIR TRIAL

We regularly represent clients at international human rights bodies to ensure a fair and law-abiding judicial process within a reasonable time.

What does the European Convention on Human Rights say?

Under Article 6 of the European Convention, everyone has the right to a fair and public hearing within a reasonable time, before an impartial tribunal. This right applies both to the examination of civil rights and obligations and to accusations of crime. The so-called presumption of innocence, the right to be considered innocent until legally proven guilty, is also established. The article also includes the majority of minimum rights that apply to those who have been accused of crime. The article is applicable to a civil dispute that can be considered real and serious if the right in question is based on national law. There is extensive case law from the European Court of Justice regarding what is considered to fall within the scope of Article 6. Examples of cases that may give rise to this right are if someone has obtained an official decision restricting a civil right and there has been no opportunity for the person to appeal the decision to court.

ARTICLE 8: RIGHT TO RESPECT FOR PRIVATE AND FAMILY LIFE

We represent individuals whose right to respect for their private and family life has been violated by public authorities.

What does the European Convention on Human Rights say?

    1. Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family
      life, his home and his correspondence.
      2. There shall be no interference by a public authority with the
      exercise of this right except such as is in accordance with the
      law and is necessary in a democratic society in the interests of
      national security, public safety or the economic well-being of the
      country, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection
      of health or morals, or for the protection of the rights and freedoms
      of others.

ARTICLE 9: FREEDOM OF THOUGH, CONSCIENCE AND RELIGION

We represent clients whose right to freedom of thought, conscience and / or religion has been violated.

What does the European Convention on Human Rights say?

    1. Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience
      and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or
      belief and freedom, either alone or in community with others and
      in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief, in worship,
      teaching, practice and observance.
    2. Freedom to manifest one’s religion or beliefs shall be
      subject only to such limitations as are prescribed by law and are
      necessary in a democratic society in the interests of public safety,
      for the protection of public order, health or morals, for
      the protection of the reputation or rights of others, for preventing
      the disclosure of information received in confidence, or for
      maintaining the authority and impartiality of the judiciary.

ARTICLE 10: FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION

We represent clients whoright to freedom of expression has been violated.

What does the European Convention on Human Rights say?

    1. Everyone has the right to freedom of expression. This right
      shall include freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart
      information and ideas without interference by public authority
      and regardless of frontiers.
      2. The exercise of these freedoms, since it carries with it
      duties and responsibilities, may be subject to such formalities,
      conditions, restrictions or penalties as are prescribed by law and
      are necessary in a democratic society, in the interests of national
      security, territorial integrity or public safety, for the prevention
      of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals, for
      the protection of the reputation or rights of others, for preventing
      the disclosure of information received in confidence, or for
      maintaining the authority and impartiality of the judiciary.

ARTICLE 13: RIGHT TO AN EFFECTIVE REMEDY

We represent clients at international bodies, in cases where there is a lack of an effective national remedy.

What does the European Convention on Human Rights say?

  1. Everyone whose rights and freedoms as set forth in this Convention
    are violated shall have an effective remedy before a national
    authority notwithstanding that the violation has been committed
    by persons acting in an official capacity.

ARTICLE 14: PROHIBITION OF DISCRIMINATION

We represent clients whose rights and opportunities have been violated because of their religion or other beliefs, sexual orientation, gender, transgender identity or expression, ethnicity, disability, or age.

What does the European Convention on Human Rights say?

  1. The enjoyment of the rights and freedoms set forth in this Convention shall be guaranteed without discrimination on any grounds such as sex, race, color, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, nationality, wealth, birth or status otherwise.

    According to Article 14 of the European Convention, the freedoms and rights enshrined in the European Convention must be guaranteed to everyone without discrimination on grounds of sex, race, color, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, affiliation to national minority, wealth, birth or position in general. Equal cases should be treated equally. The article does not imply a general prohibition of discrimination, but it does prohibit discrimination in the treatment of the freedoms and rights guaranteed by the European Convention. The article is thus applied in conjunction with any of the other freedoms and rights and not as an independent basis.

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