Council of Europe
The Council of Europe (CoE; French: Conseil de l'Europe) is an international organisation whose stated aim is to uphold human rights, democracy and the rule of law in
Europe. Founded in 1949, it has 47 member states, covers approximately 820 million people and operates with an annual budget of approximately half a billion euros.
The organisation is distinct from the 28-nation European Union (EU), although it is sometimes confused with it, partly because the EU has adopted the original European Flag which was created by the Council of Europe in 1955, as well as the European Anthem. No country has ever joined the EU without first belonging to the Council of Europe. The Council of Europe is an official United Nations Observer.
Unlike the EU, the Council of Europe cannot make binding laws, but it does have the power to enforce select international agreements reached by European states on various topics. The best known body of the Council of Europe is the European Court of Human Rights, which enforces the European Convention on Human Rights.
The Council's two statutory bodies are the Committee of Ministers, comprising the foreign ministers of each member state, and the Parliamentary Assembly, composed of members of the national parliaments of each member state. The Commissioner for Human Rights is an independent institution within the Council of Europe, mandated to promote awareness of and respect for human rights in the member states. The Secretary General heads the secretariat of the organisation. Other major CoE bodies include the European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines.
The headquarters of the Council of Europe are in Strasbourg, France. English and French are its two official languages. The Committee of Ministers, the Parliamentary Assembly and the Congress also use German, Italian, Russian, and Turkish for some of their work.
piece of the Berlin Wall in front of the ECHR
IS THE COUNCIL ACHIEVING ITS STATED AIMS ?
The system at the moment is not doing what it says on the can .........
note that the Court is likely to strike out your application without
giving any reasons.
Court of Human Rights
Council of Europe
67075 Strasbourg Cedex
Tel : +33 (0)3 88 41 20 18
Fax : +33 (0)3 88 41 27 30
IS THE EUROPEAN COURT ANY BETTER THAN THE NAZIS
The European Court routinely strikes out cases of injustice, in our view
making them party to the crime that results in any false conviction. For
example, the time that Mr Kruschandl spent
behinds bars can never be repaid to him and the perpetuation of his
sentence is a violation of the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights. The Council of Europe appear to have
forgotten what torture is and do not seem to mind that they are now part
of the problem. The repeated Gestapo
style attacks by his local authority and the attempts various at fit-ups
by Sussex Police, leading to disposal
of their adversary via one of the most despicable miscarriages of justice
we have investigated is shocking. The British system of justice is riddled
with Masons and their is no written Constitution to enable organizations
like the Criminal
Cases Review Commission to "take a view."