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  • The Committee of Ministers today adopted guidelines aimed at promoting civil participation in political decision-making in the Council of Europe 47 member states.

    The Committee of Ministers today adopted guidelines aimed at promoting civil participation in political decision-making in the Council of Europe 47 member states. At a time when democracy is challenged by diminishing trust of people towards politicians and elites in general, one of the prerequisites for guaranteeing democratic security is to ensure the participation of all individuals and societal groups in political processes and decision-making.

    The new guidelines together with other existing texts such as Recommendation (2007)14 on the legal status of non-governmental organisations in Europe and the Code of Good Practice for Civil Participation in the Decision-Making Processnow form a solid basis for governments and civil society to work together to strengthen democracy.

    The Council of Europe and civil society already interact through the Conference of INGOs which promotes participatory democracy and provides input to the decisions taken at inter-governmental level.

    The preparation of this unique standard-setting instrument was recommended by Secretary General Jagland in his 2015 report on the State of Democracy, Human Rights and the Rule of Law in Europe.

  • Femmes/Hommes : Même combat ?

    Le Forum mondial de la démocratie 2018 sera consacré à l'égalité des genres et aux droits des femmes. Nous nous concentrerons en particulier sur la participation publique, politique et économique des femmes et sur la lutte contre la violence à l'égard des femmes dans le sillage de #MeToo. Le Forum se tiendra à Strasbourg du 19 au 21 novembre 2018.

  • The winter session of the Conference of INGOs will take place from 22 to 26 January 2018 (calendar).During the political debate on the situation of NGOs in the Member States, the representative of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights will present the report on the Challenges facing civil society working on human rights in the EU. The speakers will discussed the freedom of association and NGO participation in public policies in Estonia and Serbia.

  • First broad international initiative that helped recognise hate speech as human right abuse

    STRASBOURG 10 APRIL 2018

    Hate speech continues to poison public debate, and the urgency to counter it has not diminished over the past years. The youth campaign No Hate Speech Movement (NHSM) conducted by the Council of Europe in 2012-2017 as the first broad international initiative in this field has contributed to recognising hate speech as an abuse of human rights, and has offered valuable lessons for the future. This is a key message of the conference that has brought together some 150 representatives of national campaign committees, European campaign partners and youth organisations at the European Youth Centre in Strasbourg today to evaluate the campaign and design way forward.

  • Please be informed that the Council of Europe Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH), composed of experts representing the forty-seven member States of the Council of Europe, has organised a half-day workshop, on 29 November 2018 afternoon in Strasbourg, entitled “Protection and promotion of the civil society space in Europe”. All relevant information, including the programme of the workshop, are available on our website.

    You will find in attachment the 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 the Committee of Ministers on 28 November 2018 at the 1330th meeting of the Ministers' Deputies)

  • Le Comité directeur pour les droits de l’homme (CDDH) du Conseil de l’Europe, composé d'experts qui représentent les quarante-sept Etats membres du Conseil de l'Europe, a organisé aujourd'hui, 29 novembre 2018 après-midi à Strasbourg, un atelier d’une demi-journée, intitulé « Protection et promotion de l’espace dévolu à la société civile en Europe » lors de sa 90réunion  sous l’égide de la Présidence finlandaise  du Comité des Ministres.

    Toutes les informations pertinentes, sont disponibles sur le : site Internet.

    Vous trouverez en pièces jointes les notes prises au cours de cet atelier ainsi que la Recommandation du Comité des Ministres CM/Rec(2018)11 adoptée le 28 novembre 2018.

  • Appel à la société civile à diffuser la recommandation du Conseil de l'Europe sur la nécessité de renforcer la protection et la promotion de l'espace de la société civile en Europe

    Le Comité des ministres du Conseil de l'Europe a adopté une recommandation aux États membres sur la nécessité de prendre des mesures effectives en vue de protéger l’espace dévolu à la société civile.

    Les organisations de la société civile sont invitées à porter cette recommandation à l'attention des autorités nationales, à en demander la traduction dans la langue nationale et à surveiller sa mise en œuvre par leurs gouvernements.

  • Concerned by the current financial crisis affecting the Council of Europe, which could accelerate the regression of European civic space and democracy in Europe,  the Conference of INGOs sent a letter to all permanent representations to the Council of Europe, asking them to show more solidarity with the Council of Europe to stabilise the current situation.

    Letter from the Standing Committee of the Conference of INGOs to all permanent representations to the Council of Europe :

    Dear Ambassadors,

    The Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe, representing European Civil Society, is deeply concerned by the current financial crisis affecting the Council of Europe.  The decision of the Russian Federation to suspend a part of its contribution to the Council of Europe and the decision of Turkey to reduce its contribution have, combined with the effects of years of 0% budget growth, placed the Council of Europe in an unprecedented situation. 

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    World Forum for Democracy 2017: Is populism a problem ?

    Strasbourg, 8-10 November 2017

    Please, find hereafter the Final report, Conclusions, Evaluation data.../...

  • Gender Equality : Whose Battle ?

    The World forum for democracy 2018 will be dedicated to gender equality and women’s rights. We will focus in particular on women’s public, political and economic participation and on combating violence against women in the wake of #MeToo. The Forum will take place in Strasbourg from 19 to 21 November 2018.

     

  • Le forum s'est intéressé à la crise de démocratie et au populisme.

    Le terreau du populisme.

    - La marginalisation de certaines populations, victimes de la violence économique. L’exclusion de sa communauté, pousse les personnes à perdre toute rationalité et à adhérer à une nouvelle communauté, à se radicaliser..
    - La corruption, qui permet d’accéder au pouvoir, mais décrédibilise ceux qui l’utilisent..
    - Les réseaux sociaux qui permettent l’expression de la haine et le mensonge avec des auteurs irresponsables..
    - Les médias qui adaptent les gros titres en fonction de ce que les citoyens veulent entendre,.
    - Une angoisse sourde, rationnelle et irrationnelle, contrecoup des attentats du 9/11 aux USA et de ceux qui ont suivi. Un sentiment d’une perte de contrôle..
    - Les Russes veulent détruire le système mondial post-guerre froide. Il existe des usines à fausses informations.

  • Call on Civil Society to disseminate the recommendation of the Council of Europe on the need to strengthen the protection and promotion of civil society space in Europe.

    The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe has adopted a recommendation to member States to take effective measures to protect and promote civil society space. Civil society organizations are invited to bring this recommendation to the attention of national authorities, ask for its translation into the national language and monitor its implementation by their governments.

  • The forum focused on democracy crisis and populism.

    The breeding ground of populism.

    - The marginalization of certain populations, victims of economic violence. The exclusion of his community, pushes people to lose all rationality and to join a new community, to radicalize.
    - Corruption, which allows access to power, but discredits those who use it.
    - Social networks that allow the expression of hatred and lies with irresponsible authors.
    - The media that choose headlines based on what citizens want to hear,
    - A dull, rational and irrational anxiety, in the aftermath of the attacks of 9/11 in the USA and those that followed, with a feeling of a loss of control.
    - The Russians want to destroy the post-Cold War global system. There are factories of false information.