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Latest publication: Recommendation  CM/Rec(2014)2 on the promotion of human rights of older persons

 

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Developing human rights law and policy at the European level is essential in order to ensure full and effective protection of human rights and the prevention of violations in our  constantly evolving societies.  The Council of Europe has a pioneering and unique role in this regard and a competitive advantage compared to other international organisations, which allows to achieve particularly ambitious and ground-breaking results on a pan-European scale. This is demonstrated by all conventions, recommendations, guidelines and declarations adopted in the human rights field, and by the constant mainstreaming of the human rights dimension in all relevant Council of Europe standards.

The Human Rights Law and Policy Division is responsible for the secretariat of a number of intergovernmental committees, under the authority of the Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH), in charge of the preparation of binding and non-binding legal instruments, such as conventions and recommendations, in the field of human rights law. It is also responsible for the work preparing for the accession of the European Union to the European Convention on Human Rights.

The Division is also in charge of processing the Secretary General’s inquiries under Article 52 of the European Convention on Human Rights and of the Organisation's policy towards the abolition of the death penalty in Europe and worldwide. Moreover, the Division is responsible for the cooperation on human rights issues between the Directorate General of Human Rights and Rule of Law of the Council of Europe and the European Union, the EU Fundamental Rights Agency, the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe and the United Nations.  

News

16 April 2014, Strasbourg - The Committee of Ministers adopted a Declaration on the United Nations Guiding Principles on business and human rights. The declaration was elaborated by the Drafting Group on Human Rights and Business (CDDH-CORP).

19 February 2014, Strasbourg – The Committee of Ministers adopted Recommendation CM/Rec(2014)2 to member States on the promotion of human rights of older persons. Secretary General, Thorbjørn Jagland, welcomed this adoption, saying that the Recommendation "applies for the first time a human rights-based approach to the situation of all older persons, with a view to ensure that they enjoy their fundamental rights and freedoms on an equal basis with other people".

22 January 2014, Strasbourg – The Committee of Ministers took note of the CDDH report on the implementation of Recommendation CM/Rec(2010)5 to member States on measures to combat discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity (full text of the decision).

17 January 2014, Strasbourg – The first Council of Europe Raoul Wallenberg Prize was awarded to Elmas Arus, a young Roma film director from Turkey. The prize recognises Ms Arus' outstanding contributions to raising awareness about the conditions of the Roma people in Turkey and elsewhere.

2 December 2013, Strasbourg – The Steering Committee for Human Rights adopted at its 79th meeting (26-29 November 2013), the draft recommendation on the promotion of the human rights of older persons and its explanatory memorandum (elaborated by the group CDDH-AGE), and the draft declaration of the Committee of Ministers supporting the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (elaborated by the group CDDH-CORP). The CDDH also gave guidance on the elaboration of a non-binding instrument on corporate social responsibility in the field of human rights, as well as on the future work regarding the promotion of human rights in culturally diverse societies (meeting report). 

10 October 2013, Strasbourg – The Council of Europe and the European Union celebrated the 7th European Day against the Death Penalty and issued a joint declaration.  

10 June 2013, Strasbourg - The negotiators, representatives of the 47 Council of Europe's member States and of the European Union, finalised the draft accession agreement of the European Union to the European Convention on Human Rights ( link to the page dedicated to the accession).