The role of the European Court of Human Rights in protecting and enforcing the rights of citizens under the European Convention on Human Rights1 is a subsidiary one2, and the Court has a place in the Convention scheme only when the domestic machinery for protecting human rights is alleged to have broken down3. The Court will not seek to supplement the factual findings of the domestic authorities with findings of its own and it is reluctant to substitute its own assessment of the situation for that of the domestic court
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