Commissioner for Human Rights
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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All 47 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, Russian Federation, 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.
For more information please visit: https://www.coe.int/en/web/children/lanzarote-convention?fbclid=IwAR0o1VBjchu6y3KPEw9-Md9QtLEhh6byx0qSMCbPeGQJviYcIqt3iXfhDaQ