Non-Governmental Organisations

CANDIDATE FOR THE POST OF VICE-CHAIR OF THE
HUMAN RIGHTS COMMITTEE
OF THE CONFERENCE OF INGOs
(Election 26 June 2014)

PRESENTATION

Gérard GRENERON

Position in the INGO

Secretary General

Full title and acronym of the INGO

European Council of Police Trade Unions (CESP)

Year participatory status was granted to the INGO

1991

Date of birth

30/01/1959

Nationality

French

Working languages

French, English

MOTIVATION

Today, we see that human rights are not being respected in various parts of Europe. This is going hand-in-hand with an economic crisis which has brought about greater inequality and undermined our societies and human rights.

The Human Rights Committee’s area of responsibility is therefore expanding, demanding greater commitment on the part of its members.

Achieving a fair society is not an easy task; the Conference must confirm its efforts to protect human rights and condemn any violations of them:

    · Failure to respect human dignity
    · Discrimination
    · Violence, etc.

Human rights remain a daily challenge which demands maximum vigilance.

For 13 years, the Conference of INGOs has entrusted me with various roles on its different bodies, such as Vice-President of the Conference and, for the last three years, Vice-Chair of the Human Rights Committee.

Being used to working in a team, I believe there are four main focal points to the role of the Vice-Chair working alongside the Chair and as closely as possible with the members of the committee: listening, dialogue, analysis and action.

Respect for and promotion of human rights have been at the heart of my professional ethical approach for 32 years and my commitment in the voluntary sector since 1998.

I propose that the Human Rights Committee should assert its role as leader and as a body putting forward practical and realistic proposals, aiming to be:

- a “watchdog” for respect for human rights,
- a contributor to the Council of Europe’s work, offering the wealth of its diversity and the grass-roots expertise of its member organisations