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Council of Europe resources

Committee of Ministers

Declaration on Council of Europe action to improve the protection of human rights defenders and promote their activities
Adopted at the 1017th meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies, 06/02/08
The legal status of non-governmental organisations in Europe
Recommendation CM/Rec(2007)14, 10/10/07
Report on freedom of association, 11/10/05:
 Part I: Overview of Council of Europe's work on freedom of association
 Part II: Examples of legislation and practice on freedom of association in member states in application of Council of Europe's principles and standards
 Part III – Conclusions and proposals for follow-up action
Warsaw Declaration
Third Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Council of Europe,16-17/05/05
Participatory status for international non-governmental organisations with the Council of Europe
Resolution (2003)8, 19/11/03

Parliamentary Assembly

Co-operation between the Assembly and the Conference of INGOs
Resolution 1589 (2007) and Recommendation 1820 (2007)
Council of Europe member states’ duty to co-operate with the European Court of Human Rights
Resolution 1571 (2007)
State of human rights and democracy in Europe
Resolution 1547 (2007) and Doc. 11202
Report by Christos Pourgourides, Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights on the member States duty to cooperate with the European Court of Human Rights

Legal instruments

European Convention on the Recognition of the Legal Personality of International Non-Governmental Organisations
Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms

Resources from other Organisations

UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders
European Union Guidelines on Human Rights Defenders (.pdf format)
OSCE/ ODIHR Guidelines on Freedom of Association

Organisations and bodies

Europa: the European Union online
OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR)
UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders

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