The Council of Europe is the continent's leading human rights organisation.
It includes 47 member states, 28 of which are members of the European Union. All Council of Europe member states have signed up to the European Convention on Human Rights, a treaty designed to protect human rights, democracy and the rule of law. Please visit the main Council of Europe web-site for more information.
You are also welcome to download the dedicated brochure available in 51 languages including Ukrainian.
Safeguarding human rights
The Council of Europe advocates freedom of expression and of the media, freedom of assembly, equality, and the protection of minorities. It has launched campaigns on issues such as child protection, online hate speech, and the rights of the Roma, Europe's largest minority.
The Council of Europe helps member states fight corruption and terrorism and undertake necessary judicial reforms. Its group of constitutional experts, known as the Venice Commission, offers legal advice to countries throughout the world.
The Council of Europe promotes human rights through international conventions, such as the Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence and the Convention on Cybercrime. It monitors member states' progress in these areas and makes recommendations through independent expert monitoring bodies.
All Council of Europe member states have abolished the death penalty.
The European Court of Human Rights oversees the implementation of the Convention in the member states. Individuals can bring complaints of human rights violations to the Strasbourg Court once all possibilities of appeal have been exhausted in the member state concerned.
- Group of States against Corruption (GRECO)
- European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT)
- Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA)
- European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ)
- Committee of Experts on the Evaluation of Anti-Money Laundering Measures and the Financing of Terrorism (MONEYVAL)
- European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI)
- European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR)
- Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities
- Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages
The Council of Europe works in close partnership with the European Union, and co-operates with the United Nations, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, and with partner countries in its neighbourhood and worldwide.
For example, the Council's European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines and Healthcare, which plays a key role in combating counterfeit medicines and doping, has agreements with Brazil, China, South Africa and the United States.
Headquarters and offices
The Council of Europe has its headquarters in Strasbourg, France. It employs 2 200 people, and maintains external and liaison offices to other international organisations. The European Youth Centres in Strasbourg and Budapest offer training for young people in democracy and human rights issues.
In addition to the European Court of Human Rights, the Council of Europe consists of several working institutions.
- The Secretary General leads and represents the Council of Europe.
- The Committee of Ministers, made up of member states' foreign ministers and their representatives, acts as the main decision-making body.
- The Parliamentary Assembly consists of 318 members of parliament from the 47 member states; the Assembly elects the Secretary General, the Human Rights Commissioner and the judges to the European Court of Human Rights; it provides a democratic forum for debate and monitors elections; its committees play an important role in examining current issues.
- The Human Rights Commissioner independently addresses and brings attention to human rights violations.
- The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities promotes democratic self-governance and monitors elections at the local level.The Conference of International Non-Governmental Organisations represents civil society and promotes participatory democracy.
Council of Europe Office in Ukraine
8, Illinska str., 7 entrance, 6 floor
Kyiv 04070, Ukraine
Офіс Ради Європи в Україні
вул. Іллінська, 8, під'їзд 7, поверх 6
Київ, 04070 Україна
Tel.+38 044 425 60 01
+38 044 425 02 62
Fax.+38 044 425 60 01
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