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Samarkand Human Rights Forum for Youth

Mainstreaming human rights education for youth

12-13 August 2020 Samarkand, Uzbekistan (online)

Nika Bakhsoliani, Bureau member of the Advisory Council on Youth co-ordinator of the Access to rights priority focus group, spoke about human rights education at the Samarkand Human Rights Forum on 13 August 2020. As an expert in human rights education (HRE), Nika referred to HRE as "a many-faced...

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Adopted on: 17 May 2019

Declaration by the Committee of Ministers on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Council of Europe

Adopted by: Committee of Ministers Decl(17/05/2019)

Adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 17 May 2019 at the 129th Session of the Ministers' Deputies Youth specific: No Link to source

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Adopted on: 28 November 2018

Recommendation CM/Rec(2018)11 of the Committee of Ministers to member States on the need to strengthen the protection and promotion of civil society space in Europe

Adopted by: Committee of Ministers CM/Rec(2018)11

Adopted by the Committee of Ministers at the 1330th meeting of the Ministers' Deputies, on 28 November 2018, the recommendation calls on member states to ensure an enabling legal framework and a conducive political and public environment for civil society organisations, human rights defenders,...

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Adopted on: 30 June 2018

Compendium of Council of Europe practice relating to the right to freedom of association and the position of non-governmental organisations

Adopted by: Council of Europe Conference of INGOs (Expert Council on NGO Law) Reference number: CONF/EXP(2018)2

This document, prepared by Jeremy McBride on behalf of the Expert Council on NGO Law of the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe, examines the practice of Council of Europe bodies whose activities deal in some way with the enjoyment of the right to freedom of association and/or the...

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Adopted on: 27 June 2018

New restrictions on NGO activities in Council of Europe member States

Adopted by: Parliamentary Assembly Resolution 2226 (2018) (Recommendation 2134 (2018), Doc. 14570)

In this resolution, the Parliamentary Assembly stresses the importance of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) for the development and realisation of democracy, the rule of law and human rights. It also notices that the space for civil society has been shrinking over the last few years,...

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Adopted on: 18 May 2018

Report on the State of Democracy, Human Rights and the Rule of Law: Role of Institutions, Threats to Institutions

Adopted by: Secretary General of the Council of Europe Reference number: N/A

In his annual report to the Committee of Ministers, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe focuses on the role of institutions, both domestic and international, including NGOs. The report consists of five chapters that look at the key building blocks of democratic security: efficient,...

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Adopted on: 21 March 2018

Recommendation on the participation of citizens in local public life

Adopted by: Committee of Ministers Reference number: CM/Rec(2018)4

This recommendation aims to serve as a helpful guide for local and national authorities committed to improving the opportunities for citizen participation in the life of the local community. It contains general advice and identifies basic principles and practical measures that could form the...

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Adopted on: December 2017

Non-governmental organisations: review of developments in standards, mechanisms and case law 2015-2017

Adopted by: Conference of INGOs (Expert Council on NGO Law) Reference number: CONF/EXP(2017)4

This review, prepared by Jeremy McBride on behalf of the Expert Council of the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe, deals with a wide range of issues relating to standards, the work of various mechanisms and case law related to NGOs. The review explains different decisions and opinions...

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Adopted on: 27 September 2017

Guidelines for civil participation in political decision making

Adopted by: Committee of Ministers Reference number: CM(2017)83-final

These guidelines aim to strengthen and facilitate participation by individuals, NGOs and civil society at large in political decision making. The document enumerates the conditions and principles that enable active participation as well as the fundamentals of civil participation in political...

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Adopted on: 31 May 2017

Recommendation on youth work

Adopted by: Committee of Ministers Reference number: CM/Rec(2017)4

This recommendation encourages member states to develop and strengthen youth work policies and practice. The recommendation also includes proposals for the youth sector of the Council of Europe to support member states in this task, maximising the positive contribution that youth work can make to...

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Adopted on: 4 April 2017

The Shrinking Space for Human Rights Organisations

Adopted by: Commissioner for Human Rights Reference number: N/A

In this comment, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights describes different cases of actions undertaken by national governments in several member States of the Council of Europe that aim to limit freedom of expression, freedom of assembly and association of human rights...

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Adopted on: 28 September 2016

Recommendation on young people’s access to rights

Adopted by: Committee of Ministers Reference number: CM/Rec(2016)7

This recommendation calls on member states to adopt a human rights-based approach to ensuring young people’s access to rights in order to empower people to know and claim their rights and increases the ability of individuals and institutions to take responsibility for respecting, protecting and...

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Adopted on: May 2016

Civil participation in decision-making processes – An overview of standards and practices in Council of Europe member states

Adopted by: European Committee on Democracy and Governance (CDDG) Reference number: N/A

This overview was prepared by the European Centre for Not-for-profit Law for the European Committee on Democracy and Governance (CDDG) with a view to preparing guidelines on civil participation in political decision-making processes. The scope of the civil participation covered in the overview...

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Adopted on: 2 March 2016

Guidelines on the protection and promotion of human rights in culturally diverse societies

Adopted by: Committee of Ministers Reference number: CM/Del/Dec(2016)1249/4.6-app8

These guidelines provide practical advice on how to address the challenges to human rights in culturally diverse societies and ensure better protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms based on respect for the inherent and equal dignity of every human being. The Committee of Ministers...

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Adopted on: 28 January 2016

Strengthening the protection and role of human rights defenders in Council of Europe member States

Adopted by: Parliamentary Assembly Reference number: Resolution 2095 (2016) (Recommendation 2085 (2016), Doc. 13943)

The Parliamentary Assembly recognises that the protection of human rights defenders lies with states and that in some circumstances states may be held responsible for the action of non-state actors aimed at intimidating human rights defenders and for failing to carry out effective investigations...

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Adopted on: 21 January 2015

Recommendation on the access of young people from disadvantaged neighbourhoods to social rights

Adopted by: Committee of Ministers Reference number: CM/Rec(2015)3

In this recommendation, the Committee of Ministers calls on the member states to develop and implement sustainable, evidence-based public policies that take into consideration the specific situations and needs of young people from disadvantaged neighbourhoods in order to prevent and eradicate the...

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Adopted on: 12 – 13 December 2014

Joint Guidelines on Freedom of Association

Adopted by: European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission) together with OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR) Reference number: CDL-AD(2014)046

These guidelines have been developed to further the goal of implementing the right to freedom of association. Although they are primarily intended for use by legislators tasked with drafting laws that regulate or affect associations, they can be of use to anyone who is interested in the practical...

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Adopted on: July 2014 (revised version)

Compilation of Venice Commission opinions concerning freedom of assembly

Adopted by: European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission) Reference number: CDL-PI(2014)0003

This document is a compilation of extracts taken from opinions and reports/studies adopted by the Venice Commission on issues concerning the freedom of assembly. The aim of this compilation is to give an overview of the doctrine of the Venice Commission in this field. Each opinion presented...

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Adopted on: July 2014 (revised version)

Compilation of Venice Commission opinions concerning freedom of association

Adopted by: European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission) Reference number: CDL-PI(2014)004

This document is a compilation of extracts taken from opinions and reports/studies adopted by the Venice Commission on issues concerning the freedom of association. The aim of this compilation is to give an overview of the doctrine of the Venice Commission in this field. Each opinion presented...

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Adopted on: 30 April 2014

Recommendation on the protection of whistleblowers

Adopted by: Committee of Ministers Reference number: CM/Rec(2014)7

In this recommendation, the Council of Europe recognises the value of whistleblowing in deterring and preventing wrongdoing, and in strengthening democratic accountability and transparency stating at the same time that whistlebowing is a fundamental aspect of freedom of expression and freedom of...

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Adopted on: 16 April 2014

Recommendation on a guide to human rights for Internet users

Adopted by: Committee of Ministers Reference number: CM/Rec(2014)6

This recommendation introduces the Guide to human rights for Internet users that is appended to the document, it calls on the member states to promote and disseminate it among authorities and citizens to ensure that human rights and fundamental freedoms apply equally offline and online. The guide...

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Adopted on: 28 March 2012

Recommendation on the participation of children and young people under the age of 18

Adopted by: Committee of Ministers Reference number: CM/Rec(2012)2

The recommendation covers the rights of children and young people to be heard in all settings, including in schools, in communities and in the family as well as at national and European levels. It also contains guidelines that member states are encouraged to follow when implementing the...

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Adopted on: 4 June 2010

OSCE/ODIHR – Venice Commission Guidelines on Freedom of Peaceful Assembly (2nd Edition)

Adopted by: European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission) together with OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR) Reference number: CDL-AD(2010)020

These guidelines are primarily addressed to practitioners – legislative draftspersons, politicians, legal professionals, police officers and other law enforcement personnel, local officials, trade unionists, assembly organisers and participants, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), civil...

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Adopted on: 11 May 2010

Recommendation on the Council of Europe Charter on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education

Adopted by: Committee of Ministers Reference number: CM/Rec(2010)7

With this recommendation, the Council of Europe introduces the Charter on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education (EDC/HRE), which is appended to the document. The Charter defines EDC and HRE and describes the relationship between both concepts. It is divided into four...

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Adopted on: 31 March 2010

Recommendation on measures to combat discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity

Adopted by: Committee of Ministers Reference number: CM/Rec(2010)5

This recommendation sets out the principles deriving from existing European and international instruments, with particular emphasis on the European Convention on Human Rights and the European Court of Human Rights case law in relation to discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation. The...

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Adopted on: 1 October 2009

Code of good practice for civil participation in decision-making processes

Adopted by: Conference of INGOs Reference number: CONF/PLE(2009)CODE1

The Code of Good Practice aims to provide a framework and guidelines for improving the participation of NGOs in decision making, to learn from each other through sharing good practices and bringing them to the attention of NGOs and public authorities alike. The Code is addressed to public...

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Adopted on: 13 March 2009

Promoting the participation by children in decisions affecting them

Adopted by: Parliamentary Assembly Reference number: Recommendation 1864 (2009) (Doc. 11615)

In this recommendation, the Parliamentary Assembly recalls that participation of every individual in all matters that affect them is a fundamental right of every person. It urges the member states to launch public education programmes for children and parents, so they are informed of the right of...

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Adopted on: 11 March 2009

Recommendation on the evaluation, auditing and monitoring of participation and participation policies at local and regional level

Adopted by: Committee of Ministers Reference number: CM/Rec(2009)2

In this document, the Committee of Ministers recommends to the member states of the Council of Europe to co-operate with local and regional authorities and other stakeholders, including associations of local authorities; to undertake or step up work to evaluate democratic participation and its...

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Adopted on: 18 February 2009

Recommendation on electronic democracy (e-democracy)

Adopted by: Committee of Ministers Reference number: CM/Rec(2009)1

This recommendation sets out recommendations, principles and guidelines relating to e‑democracy; it lists 80 principles and 102 guidelines that should be considered when implementing the principles of e-democracy. The recommendation is accompanied by a series of indicative guides: a set of...

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Adopted on: 17 November 2004

Recommendation on the participation of young people in local and regional life

Adopted by: Committee of Ministers Reference number: Rec(2004)13

In this recommendation, the Committee of Ministers calls on the member states to support and promote the implementation of the Revised European Charter on the Participation of Young People in Local and Regional Life, adopted within Recommendation 128(2003) of the Congress of Local and Regional...

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Adopted on: 10 October 2007

Recommendation on the legal status of non-governmental organisations in Europe

Adopted by: Committee of Ministers Reference number: CM/Rec(2007)14

This recommendation looks at the legal and fiscal framework of NGOs in the member states to ensure they can continue to make a valuable contribution to public and social life. The document recognises different types of NGOs, such as formal (registered) and informal, membership based and those...

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Adopted on: 25 October 2006

Recommendation on citizenship and participation of young people in public life

Adopted by: Committee of Ministers Reference number: Rec(2006)14

In this recommendation, the Committee of Ministers calls on the member states to enhance and support youth participation. This can be done through different measures, such as: providing young people with learning opportunities that will increase their participation in public life; encouraging the...

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Adopted on: 11 January 2006

Recommendation on the role of national youth councils in youth policy development

Adopted by: Committee of Ministers Reference number: Rec(2006)1

This recommendation recognises the role of the national youth councils as active contributors to the development of public youth policy. The member states, therefore, should respect their specific nature, consider them as partners of public authorities in youth policy development, and legitimise...

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Adopted on: 21 May 2003

Revised European Charter on the Participation of Young People in Local and Regional Life

Adopted by: Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe Reference number: N/A

In the preamble to the Charter, the Congress defines youth participation and active citizenship, stating that it is “(...) about having the right, the means, the space and the opportunity and where necessary the support to participate in and influence decisions and engage in actions and...

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Adopted on: 4 November 1950 (3 September 1953 – entry into force)

European Convention on Human Rights (Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms)

Adopted by: Council of Europe Reference number: ETS No.005

The European Convention on Human Rights sets forth a number of fundamental rights and freedoms that apply to all people who are on the territory of the states having signed and ratified it (including foreigners from other states that have not ratified the Convention). It also establishes an...

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