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18, para. 34 at p. 17. The Court stated that one “reason why the signatory Governments decided to ‘take the first steps for the collective enforcement of certain of the Rights stated in the Universal Declaration’ was their profound belief in the rule of law”; it therefore seemed “both natural and in conformity with the principle of good faith ... to bear in mind this widely proclaimed consideration when interpreting the terms of” article 6(1) of the European Convention “according to their context and in the light of the object and purpose of the Convention”.

Effective protection of human rights promotes peace and stability at the national level not only by allowing people to enjoy their basic rights and freedoms, but also by providing a basic democratic, cultural, economic, political and social framework within which conflicts can be peacefully resolved. Effective protection of human rights is consequently also an essential precondition for peace and justice at the international level, since it has inbuilt safeguards that offer the population ways of easing social tension at the domestic level before it reaches such proportions as to create a threat on a wider scale.

Michael Birnbaum, Coleman Ngalo, Justice Bernhard Schlüter, Professor Dinah Shelton, Richard Stainsby and Professor David Weissbrodt also provided input. Within the United Nations, staff from the Department of Economic and Social Affairs/Division for the Advancement of Women, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the United Nations Volunteers offered input, as did several OHCHR staff members. The conceptualization and drafting of this package also benefited from an early draft prepared in 1996/97 under the supervision of Marcia V.

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