Human rights and human dignity


Action against Trafficking in Human Beings

The Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings, which entered into force on 1 February 2008, aims to prevent trafficking in human beings,
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protect victims of trafficking, prosecute traffickers, and promote co-ordination of national actions and international co-operation.
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Building a Europe for and with children

The Council of Europe's transversal programme “Building a Europe for and with children” was launched in 2006 in response to a mandate resulting from the Third Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Council of Europe (Warsaw, 2005).
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The Council of Europe's Strategy on the rights of the child 2012-2015 proposes a vision for the Council of Europe's role and action in this field, taking into account the progress achieved during the previous policy cycles, the needs expressed by governments and the challenges identified by the international community.
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European commission against racism and intolerance

ECRI is entrusted with the task of combating racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, antisemitism and intolerance in greater Europe
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from the perspective of the protection of human rights, in the light of the European Convention on Human Rights, its additional protocols and related case-law (Article 1 of ECRI’s Statute).
ECRI is a human rights body of the Council of Europe, composed of independent experts, which monitors problems of racism, discrimination on grounds such as ethnic origin, citizenship, colour, religion and language, as well as xenophobia, antisemitism and intolerance; it prepares reports and issues recommendations to member States.
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North-South dialogue

The objective of the North-South Centre is to contribute to democratic processes in the CoE Neighbourhood
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regions in ensuring dialogue and articulation between the four actors of the « quadrilogue » and in promoting the democratic values and standards of the Council of Europe through multilateral action with regional scope.
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'Speak-out against discrimination' media campaign

The "Speak out against discrimination" Campaign focused on the role of the media in a multicultural Europe.
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It derives its mandate from the Council of Europe’s White Paper on Intercultural Dialogue “Living together as equals in dignity”. The campaign primarily targeted media industry professionals and was build around 3 main objectives:
1 – Training media professionals,
2 – Writing, seeing and hearing diversity in the media,
3 – Producing and disseminating innovative and inclusive information.
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Child-friendly justice

In 2010, the Council of Europe adopted Guidelines on child friendly justice intended to enhance children’s access to and treatment in justice.
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Intended for use by professionals working in the criminal, civil or administrative justice systems, these Guidelines address themes such as the family, mistrust of authority and the need for respect, and the importance for children and young people to be listened to.
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Preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence

The Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence is based on the understanding that violence against women is a form of gender-based violence that is committed against women because they are women.
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It is the obligation of the state to fully address it in all its forms and to take measures to prevent violence against women, protect its victims and prosecute the perpetrators. Failure to do so would make it the responsibility of the state.
The convention leaves no doubt: there can be no real equality between women and men if women experience gender-based violence on a large-scale and state agencies and institutions turn a blind eye.
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Gender equality

Gender equality means equal visibility, empowerment, responsibility and participation for both women and men in all spheres of public and private life.
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Achieving gender equality is central to the protection of human rights, the functioning of democracy, respect for the rule of law and economic growth and competitiveness.
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No Hate Speech Movement

The No Hate Speech Movement is a campaign against the expressions of hate speech online in all its forms, including those that most affect young people.
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"Hate speech, as defined by the Council of Europe, covers all forms of expression which spread, incite, promote or justify racial hatred, xenophobia, anti-Semitism or other forms of hatred based on intolerance, including: intolerance expressed by aggressive nationalism and ethnocentrism, discrimination and hostility against minorities, migrants and people of immigrant origin."
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Convention on protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse

The Council of Europe Convention on Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse, also known as “the Lanzarote Convention”, requires criminalisation of all kinds of sexual offences against children.
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It sets out that states in Europe and beyond shall adopt specific legislation and take measures to prevent sexual violence, to protect child victims and to prosecute perpetrators.
The “Lanzarote Committee” (i.e. the Committee of the Parties to the Convention) is the body established to monitor whether Parties effectively implement the Lanzarote Convention. The monitoring procedure is divided by rounds, each round concerning a theme: starting with "sexual abuse in the circle of trust".
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Sexual orientation and gender identity

The Council of Europe – through its standards and mechanisms – aims to promote and ensure respect for the human rights and dignity of every individual,
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including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons ( LGBT persons) and to combat discrimination and violence against them in the 47 member states.
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