Europe

The European region is home to three principal organizations which have an impact on human rights. A plethora of information is available through the relevant websites of each body. The following links go to key areas but time spent exploring further would be beneficial to securing a greater understanding of the European systems. Almost all material is available in English.

Council of Europe

The Council of Europe attracts most attention for its human rights work, given the high profile of the European Convention on Human Rights.

www.coe.int - the Council of Europe.

www.echr.coe.int - the European Court of Human Rights.

www.coe.int/t/commissioner - the Commissioner for Human Rights.

www.coe.int/ecri — European Commission against Racism and Intolerance

European Union

The European Union which evolved from the European Economic Community has increasingly impacted on human rights as its field of operation has grown.

europa.eu/index_en.htm - the European Union

curia.europa.eu/jcms/jcms/j_6/ - the European Court of Justice

ec.europa.eu/justice/citizen/ - Citizen’s rights (European Union)

http://europa.eu/european-union/topics/employment-social-affairs_en - index for European Union Social Affairs

Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe has long recognized a human rights dimension to its work.

www.osce.org - Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

www.osce.org/odihr - OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights.

www.osce.org/hcnm - OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities.