The Congress has always been convinced that local and regional good governance entails a full compliance with fundamental freedoms and human rights. Local governments, with a political leadership accountable to citizens, are key players in guaranteeing human rights. Thus the Congress has been collecting data and good practice examples of human rights applications at local and regional levels of government.
Its aim is to:
- promote awareness among elected representatives of their responsibilities in dealing with human rights issues that affect people’s everyday lives at the local level ;
- encourage the national, as well as local, authorities to be trained in the field of human rights ;
- disseminate reliable information among citizens about their rights.
The Congress created a "Human rights handbook for local and regional authorities" to provide a practical tool for local and regional elected representatives, but also for the staff of territorial administrations.
The first volume focuses on the right to non-discrimination across three categories requiring special attention: refugees, asylum seekers, migrants and internally displaced persons (IDPs); Roma and Travellers; LGBTI+ persons.
Developed with the support of the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights and the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, this Handbook presents examples of initiatives implemented by communities and provides contact details for each of them. The aim is to highlight the practical implementation of human rights at local and regional levels and to facilitate the exchange of experience between local and regional elected representatives.
A second volume on social rights has just been adopted by the Congress Monitoring Committee. The handbook features issues with regards to health, education, work, housing, social security, protection, inclusion and integration, with a particular focus on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
- Congress resolution to endorse the Principles on the Protection and Promotion of the Ombudsman Institution (“The Venice Principles”)
- Promoting human rights at local and regional level
- Revised Charter of European Political Parties for a Non-Racist Society
- Best practices of implementation of human rights at local and regional level in member states of the Council of Europe and other countries
- Developing indicators to raise awareness of human rights at local and regional level
- “Human Rights handbook for local and regional authorities” - Vol. 1
- Compendium “Promoting human rights at local and regional level”
- Congress Human Rights Action Plan 2016-2017
- Congress to strengthen public ethics and human rights delivery at local level in Moldova
- Anders Knape: "There cannot be genuine democracy without local democracy, and there cannot be local democracy without citizens’ human rights"
- Social rights: The Monitoring Committee adopts a Human Rights Handbook for Local Elected Officials