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Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by law.

You should be able to ask for legal help when the rights your country grants you are not respected.

Illustrated version

While the law and the constitution may provide you with fundamental rights, this does not mean that these will always be respected in every case. If a certain right is violated, you must always be able to turn or appeal to a 'competent' court.

competent refers to courts that serve a certain area of the law. For example, a person who claims that his or her rights have been violated in school should be able to petition a court that specializes in this question and not a court which deals, say, with business law.

Even with courts in place, people's human rights are not always respected. Often non-governmental organizations monitor these situations and offer their help to people whose rights may have been violated in a specific field. Find out if there are any non-governmental, legal or advocacy groups in your town or community. Contact them and find out what they do. Whose rights do they protect? How do they do this? Can you help?
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