COUNCIL OF EUROPE – COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS (CoE – CommDH)
http://www.coe.int/web/commissioner/
Source description last updated: 30 April 2014
In brief:
„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 47 Council of Europe member states.” (CoE – CommDH Website, undated)
Coverage on ecoi.net:
Visit reports, thematic reports and recommendations.
Covered weekly on ecoi.net, for countries of priorities A-C.
Mission/Mandate/Objectives:
“The fundamental objectives of the Commissioner for Human Rights are laid out in Resolution (99) 50 on the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights.” (CoE – CommDH Website, http://www.coe.int/web/commissioner/mandate)
The Commissioner is i.a. mandated to foster the effective observance of human rights, identify possible shortcomings in law in practice concerning human rights, and facilitate the activities of human rights structures in the member states(CoE – CommDH Website, undated )
“Being a non-judicial institution, the Commissioner's Office cannot act upon individual complaints, but the Commissioner can draw conclusions and take wider initiatives on the basis of reliable information regarding human rights violations suffered by individuals.” (CoE – CommDH Website, undated )
Funding:
CoE budget.
Scope of reporting:
Geographic: Council of Europe member states.
Thematic: Observance of human rights and implementation of human rights standards.
Methodology:
Visit Reports: “The Commissioner carries out visits to all member states to monitor and evaluate the human rights situation. In the course of such visits, he meets with the highest representatives of government, parliament, the judiciary, civil society and national human rights structures. He also talks to ordinary people with human rights concerns, and visits places of human rights relevance, including prisons, psychiatric hospitals, centres for asylum seekers, schools, orphanages and settlements populated by vulnerable groups. (CoE – CommDH Website, undated )
Following the visits, a report or a letter may be addressed to the authorities of the country concerned containing an assessment of the human rights situation and recommendations on how to overcome shortcomings in law and practice.” (CoE – CommDH Website, undated )
Thematic Reports: “The Commissioner also conducts thematic work on subjects central to the protection of human rights in Europe. He provides advice and information on the prevention of human rights violations and releases opinions, Issue Papers and reports.” (CoE – CommDH Website, undated )
Languages of publications:
English and languages of CoE member states.
 
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