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In addition, regional systems tend to be more sensitive to cultural and religious concerns, if there are valid reasons for them. I. EUROPE European Human Rights Instruments • Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (1950) and 14 additional protocols • European Social Charter (1961), as revised in 1991 and 1996 and Additional Protocols 1988 and 1995. • European Convention for the Prevention of Torture and other Inhuman and Degrading Treatment (1987) • Final Act of Helsinki (1975) and follow-up process of CSCE/OSCE with Charter of Paris for new Europe (1990) • European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages (1992) • Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (1994) • Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union (2000) The European human rights system has three layers, namely the system of the Council of Europe (presently 46 members), of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in 1.

The activities of these special institutions have both a protective and a promotional purpose. They promote a better awareness of human rights and their inclusion in all activities in order to base solutions adopted firmly on the grounds of human rights. Indeed, promotion of human rights means a much larger task, which cannot be accomplished by international institutions and bodies alone. Promotion of human rights means first of all to make people aware of their rights, to inform them about their rights and to teach them how to make best use of their human rights.

The Charinstrument, while all necessary measures for ter foresees the establishment of an African the functioning of the Human Rights Court Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child which has to meet at least can already be taken. once a year. In view of the slow ratification A regular monitoring of the national situation process it remains to be seen whether this of human rights is to take place on the basis of convention and its committee will produce the examination of state reports by the Com- good results.

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