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Co-operation with National Human Rights Structures

National Human Rights Structures (Ombudsmen and National Human Rights Institutions) are key actors for the protection and promotion of human rights and the rule of law.

For this reason, the Commissioner for Human Rights is gradually developing an effective co-operation system with them, to foster the implementation of European human rights standards, in conformity with his mandate and other Council of Europe instruments.

A concrete alliance

While respecting the independence of all those involved, the co-operation aims to establish a continuous exchange of relevant information in order to improve reciprocal and common actions and to share information about successful practices. Partners of this network are national, regional, local or thematic institutions which comply with the Paris Principles and abide by the Council of Europe’s values.

The Commissioner defends his partners’ independence, facilitates their activities in the field of human rights, and supports their empowerment. Where such human rights structures do not exist, the Commissioner offers technical assistance to establish them. He also promotes consultation within the network by regular round tables and ad hoc meetings.




Workshop on "The role of national human rights structures in case of non execution of domestic judgments" (Padua, 24-26/03/2009)

Workshop on "The protection of the rights of Roma people by national human rights structures" (Budapest, 24-25/02/2009)

“Domestic protection of human rights: Strengthening Independent National Structures”
5th Round Table of National Human Rights Institutions and the Commissioner for Human Rights (16-17/09/08)

Pilot project: Enhancing the role of National Human Rights Structures in the execution of the European Court of Human Rights' judgments (31/01-01/02/08)

Deprivation of liberty and human rights: the prevention of torture in Europe (18/01/08)

1st meeting of Focal Points of National Human Rights Structures (06-07/11/07)

10th Round Table of Ombudsmen and the Commissioner for Human Rights (12-13/04/07)

4th Round Table of European National Institutions for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights and the Commissioner for Human Rights (27-28/09/06)


Principles relating to the Status of National Institutions (The Paris Principles)

Our documents on National Human Rights Structures

National Human Rights Structures websites

Viewpoint: "Ombudsmen are key defenders of human rights – their independence must be respected" (18/09/06)