The Commissioner for Human Rights is an independent institution within the Council of Europe, mandated to promote the awareness of and respect for human rights in 46 Council of Europe member states. Read more on the Mandate of the Commissioner

The initiative for setting up the institution was taken by the Council of Europe's Heads of State and Government at their Second Summit in Strasbourg on 10-11 October 1997. On 7 May 1999, the Committee of Ministers adopted a resolution which instituted the office of the Commissioner and elaborated the Commissioner's mandate. The current Commissioner, Ms Dunja Mijatović, succeeded Mr. Nils Muižnieks (2012-2018), Thomas Hammarberg (2006-2012) and Álvaro Gil-Robles (1999-2006).

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Protecting Children's Rights
Children's rights continue to be violated all over Europe. Moreover, children are not always recognised as full bearers of human rights. Read more
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The Council of Europe Convention on Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse, also known as “the Lanzarote Convention”, requires criminalisation of all kinds of sexual offences against children. It sets out that states in Europe and beyond shall adopt specific legislation and take measures to prevent sexual violence, to protect child victims and to prosecute perpetrators.

The “Lanzarote Committee” (i.e. the Committee of the Parties to the Lanzarote Convention) is the body established to monitor whether Parties effectively implement the Lanzarote Convention. The Committee is also charged with identifying good practices, in particular during capacity-building activities (study visits, conferences, etc.).

To assist it in its work, the Committee calls upon national human rights institutions, as well as civil society and seeks child participation.

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All 46 Council of Europe member states have signed and 45 states have ratified the Convention (Albania, Andorra, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Republic of Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom).

Tunisia also acceded to the Convention and thus became the first non-European Party.

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Commissioner for Human Rights and Armenia

The mandate of the Commissioner for Human Rights is to promote the awareness of and respect for human rights in Council of Europe member states.

Country Monitoring - Armenia
Commissioner's Report on Armenia Commissioner's Report on Armenia
Annual Reports Annual Reports