The Council of Europe, a leading European organization, was founded 65 years ago to promote cooperation between all countries of Europe in the areas of legal standards, human rights, democratic development, the rule of law and cultural co-operation... It should be noted that the organization has actually stopped to tackle acute social, economic and human rights issues – the problems that plague European states. Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland had to admit in his recent report that Europe faced a human rights crisis which was a real burning problem. According to him, «Human rights, democracy and the rule of law in Europe now face a crisis unprecedented since the end of the Cold War. Serious violations – including corruption, immunity from prosecution, impunity, human trafficking, racism, hate speech and discrimination – are on the rise throughout the continent. People’s rights are also threatened by the impact of the economic crisis and growing inequalities. The Council of Europe and its member States must act urgently to stop this erosion of fundamental rights».
Pyotr ISKENDEROV | 06.05.2014