In the past decade, the court has required Bulgaria to care properly for people with mental and physical disabilities, and Austria to allow same-sex couples to adopt each other’s children. It has forced Cyprus to take action against sex trafficking and Moldova to halt state censorship of TV. Its judgments have compelled improvements in Russian prisons, and more effective punishment of domestic violence in Turkey.
In France, laws have been passed to protect domestic servants from forced labour, while illegitimate children now have equal rights to inheritance.
Britain has been obliged to take greater care of vulnerable prisoners, regulate the monitoring of employees’ communications, protect the anonymity of journalists’ sources, bring the age of consent for gay people in line with that for heterosexuals and force local councils to observe proper safeguards in evictions.
These are the terrifying things the European Court of Human Rights gets up to. No wonder the Tories loathe it.
(http://www.theguardian.com/law/2013/dec/22/britain-european-court-human-rights - this is a fascinating article in general, actually, laying out what the court does, and suggesting just how rabid the UK right’s objection is to an institution that even Putin’s Russia regularly goes along with.)