"The Directorate of Human Rights works to protect and promote human rights, and to ensure that Council of Europe member states comply with them.

In their Declaration in Reykjavik at the Organisation's 4th Summit, the leaders of the 46 member states reaffirmed their unwavering commitment to the European Convention on Human Rights system as a mechanism for promoting peace and stability in Europe.

The priorities set out in the Summit Declaration include support for the implementation of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights, the protection and implementation of social rights guaranteed by the European Social Charter, and political recognition of the right to a clean, healthy, and sustainable environment as a human right. 

To perform its tasks, the Directorate implements the Council of Europe's unique strategic triangle of standard-setting, monitoring and cooperation, which establishes mutual links between the development of legally binding standards, monitored by independent mechanisms and complemented by cooperation and support activities."

Christophe Poirel, Director


We promote, develop and monitor the implementation of human rights and rule of law standards


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