Letter: In the dock over courts

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Journalists should learn the difference between the European Court of Human Rights, based in Strasbourg, and the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg ("Gypsies poised to win Euro victory", 15 September).

The Court of Human Rights rules on breaches of the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, including birching in the Isle of Man and refusing travellers the right to live on their own land. It is nothing to do with the European Union.

The European Court of Justice decides on breaches of the treaties and legislative acts of the European Union, such as the rights of Spanish fishermen or the banning of cattle imports.

We have a right to expect journalists to be more accurate.

Geoffrey Hubbard

London N5

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