The Commissioner regularly conducts visits to help raise the standards of human rights protection in all Council of Europe member states, in accordance with his mandate.
Visits aim at pursuing a direct dialogue with the authorities and looking into one or several specific issues. After the visit, a report may be published, containing conclusions and relevant recommendations to help redress shortcomings.
In 2008, the full cycle of broad-ranging assessment visits was completed. All 47 member states have now been visited for the purpose of a comprehensive human rights appraisal.
The Commissioner is currently carrying out more targeted country visits, leading to shorter reports, focused on specific topics and published not long after the visit. Some of these reports may relate to crisis situations and human rights in conflict areas. The Commissioner is also enhancing the Office's ability to react rapidly to developments which may affect human rights in member states.