No. 3 to the 1950 European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental
Freedoms, entered into force Sept. 21, 1970.
The member States of the Council of Europe, signatories to this Protocol,
Considering that it is advisable to amend certain provisions of the Convention for the
Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms signed at Rome on 4th
November 1950 (hereinafter referred to as "the Convention") concerning the
procedure of the European Commission of Human Rights,
Have agreed as follows:
1. Article 29 of the Convention is deleted.
2. The following provision shall be inserted in the Convention:
After it has accepted a petition submitted under Article 25, the Commission
may nevertheless decide unanimously to reject the petition if, in the course
of its examination, it finds that the existence of one of the grounds for
non-acceptance provided for in Article 27 has been established. In such
case, the decision shall be communicated to the parties."
In Article 30 of the Convention, the word "Sub-Commission" shall be replaced by the
1. At the beginning of Article 34 of the Convention, the following shall be inserted:
"Subject to the provisions of Article 29. . .
2. At the end of the same Article, the sentence "the Sub-Commission shall take its
decisions by a majority of its members" shall be deleted.
1. This Protocol shall be open to signature by the member States of the Council of
Europe signatories to the Convention, who may become Parties to it either by:
(a) signature without reservation in respect of ratification or acceptance, or
(b) signature with reservation in respect of ratification or acceptance,
followed by ratification or acceptance. Instruments of ratification or
acceptance shall be deposited with the Secretary-General of the Council of
2. This Protocol shall enter into force as soon as all States Parties to the Convention
shall have become Parties to the Protocol, in accordance with the provisions of
paragraph 1 of this Article.
3. The Secretary-General of the Council of Europe shall notify the member States of
the Council of:
(a) any signature without reservation in respect of ratification or acceptance;
(b) any signature with reservation in respect of ratification or acceptance;
(c) the deposit of any instrument of ratification or acceptance;
(d) the date of entry into force of this Protocol in accordance with paragraph
2 of this Article.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the undersigned, being duly authorized thereto, have signed this
DONE at Strasbourg, this 6th day of May 1963, in English and in French, both texts being
equally authoritative, in a single copy which shall remain deposited in the archives of the
Council of Europe. The Secretary-General shall transmit certified copies to each of the signatory
PROTOCOL NO. 3 TO THE CONVENTION FOR THE PROTECTION