[18/09/07 09:00] On 16 and 17 September, the Commissioner and the Irish
Human Rights Commission held the 5th Round Table of European National Human
Rights Institutions and the Commissioner, in Dublin.
Discussions focused on possible ways to strengthen national structures in order to enhance the domestic protection of human rights across Europe. In particular, participants discussed concrete examples and good practices on how national structures can have an impact on legislation, achieve effective redress and promote human rights awareness and education. The Round Table was also the opportunity to gather representatives of the Council of Europe, the United Nations and the European Union Fundamental Rights Agency and discuss about their relationships with national structures.
The Round Table was one of the meetings which the Commissioner holds every year with national human rights structures. This year’s event also allowed taking stock of first progress made with respect to a new phase of co-operation between the Commissioner and the national structures that was launched in 2007 at the previous Round Table in Athens. Its purpose is to strengthen the protection of human rights at domestic level.