THE HIGHLIGHTS of the Summer session, from the 25th to the 29th of June 2018 : (order of business)

During its summer session, the Conference of INGOs bodies have chosen to address new, relevant and diverse subjects which will be discussed with different stakeholders engaged for human rights, the rule of law and democracy.

At the Human Rights Committee meeting (Tuesday from 9.30 to 13.00), invited speakers will contribute to a debate on data protection and monitoring activities. Member INGOs are invited to actively contribute to the discussion on the future activities of the committee on the subjects of Freedom of expression and Poverty. The association “Regards d’enfants” will present the work of a group of school children on the theme “Human Rights and Sport”.

Please find here attached the presentation : "Is Populism a problem?", an extract of the World Forum for Democracy 2017.

World Forum for Democracy 2017: Is populism a problem ?

Strasbourg, 8-10 November 2017

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

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


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.

Statement and proposals of the Conference of INGOs on the ECHR


The Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe welcomes the initiative of the Danish Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers to continue the process of reform of the European Convention on Human Rights system, initiated in Interlaken in 2010. However, many provisions in the Draft Declaration of 5 February 2018 need to be rewritten in substance and in its wording in order to truly meet the future requirements and challenges of the system of protection of human rights in Europe.  The Conference of INGOs transmitted its declaration and proposals to the members of the Steering Committee on Human Rights and the Permanent Representations of the Member States of the Council of Europe.

Statement and proposals of the Conference of INGOs


Visit of the conference of INGOs to Skopje - 26-27 March 2018

STRASBOURG 04/04/2018

A year ago, "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia" entered a new political dynamic marked by openness and democratic dialogue between public authorities and independent civil society. The importance of this change is necessary not only for this country but also for democratic security throughout the Western Balkan region. The current political climate is marked by the political will of policymakers and NGOs to establish a strategic partnership.

The Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe visits Member States to meet local NGOs and public authorities to introduce them to the Conference of INGOs, better understand the cooperation between NGOs and decision-makers and to discuss NGO participation in the public decision-making process. Certain legal frameworks are in place in countries in order to consult NGOs and to associate them in decision-making. 


The Conference of INGOs, at its meeting on 24 January, re-elected Anna Rurka as its President for a 2nd three year term and elected the members of its Bureau.  The bureau welcomes new faces:


President: Anna Rurka