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Q&A: Reforming European Court of Human Rights

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image captionThe Strasbourg court's rulings affect 47 European countries - not just the EU

The UK says significant reforms of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) have been agreed at a special conference in Brighton, on England's south coast.

The conference on 19-20 April resulted in a declaration by all 47 nations in the Council of Europe, which will modify the way the court handles human rights cases.

The Council of Europe, separate from the 27-nation EU, is Europe's main watchdog for human rights and democracy.

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