The Council of Europe is the continent's leading human rights organisation.

It includes 47 member states, 28 of which are members of the European Union. All Council of Europe member states have signed up to the European Convention on Human Rights, a treaty designed to protect human rights, democracy and the rule of law.

 

The European Court of Human Rights oversees the implementation of the Convention in the member states. Individuals can bring complaints of human rights violations to the Strasbourg Court once all possibilities of appeal have been exhausted in the member state concerned.

 

Council of Europe

European Court of Human Rights
F-67075 Strasbourg cedex
FRANCE
Tel : +33 (0)3 88 41 20 18
Fax : +33 (0)3 88 41 27 30

 

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.

The Commissioner co-operates with a broad range of international and national institutions as well as human rights monitoring mechanisms. The Office's most important inter-governmental partners include the United Nations and its specialised offices, the European Union, and the OSCE. The Office also cooperates closely with leading human rights NGOs, universities and think-tanks.

According to the mandate of the Commissioner for Human Rights, the Commissioner's Office cannot act upon individual complaints.

Council of Europe

Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights
67075 Strasbourg Cedex
FRANCE
Tel: +33 (0)3 88 41 34 21
Fax: +33 (0)3 90 21 50 53

 

The Council of Europe Programme Office in the Russian Federation officially started its activities on 29 October 2013. Its status is based on the Decree of the Government of the Russian Federation of 14 June 2011 and it has for objective implementing programmes of cooperation between the Russian Federation and the Council of Europe.

Council of Europe Programme Office

9 Leontyevsky lane
125009 Moscow
Russia
Tel. +7 495 775 37 62
Fax +7 495 775 37 52