Plenary Assembly of Barcelona / Presentation of the permanent delegation of Pax Romana to the Council of Europe

Please find herewith the text in english of the video desplayed by our permanent delegation to the Council of Europe during the Plenary Assembly of Pax Romana in Barcelona on October the 30th 2016, session VI : "Looking to the future".

Dear friends, good morning to everyone,


Odile and I are very sorry not to have been able to be among you for this plenary meeting of Pax Romana and we deeply wish that it is rich in personal meetings and in debates to introduce a new run-up of our movement for the coming four years.


But the permanent delegation of Pax Romana to the Council of Europe, your delegation, is splendidly represented with you by Begoña Ocio who will not miss to complete my words and to answer your questions if necessary.


This display leans on the annual report 2012-2016 of your delegation, presented to our European assembly which was held in Budapest from 24th till 26th of June of this year and which you can find on the web site of Pax Romana.


It is articulated in four chapters:


" From indifference to mercy "?

  1. To See,
  2. To Judge,
  3. To Act,
  4. " What do we miss for this action? "



1. " From indifference to mercy "? – To See:


The Council of Europe is a privileged place of commitment against this indifference and exercise of the " alive mercy " in the sense defined by pope François, worth knowing, I quote: " go out to meet the needs of those who are in trouble, materially or spiritually ".

The object of the Council of Europe and its four pillars is the promotion and the defence:


  • Of Human Rights, where the human dignity is in danger or is questioned;
  • Of the Democracy where it is to be built or protected;
  • Of the rule of law where it is diverted or ignored.


And we know all how much it is often the case in our various countries, to varying degrees!


These three stakes are determining factors for the Peace, the Justice, the “living together” and the social cohesion.


Our role as INGO is to contribute to this object by bringing the look of the civil society on the ground of each of our countries, knowing that each of the 47 member states of the Council has ratified the European Convention on Human Rights.


And this look, it is at first yours, who are exactly on the ground!


To have not this role would simply be to participate in this indifference, which we are called to fight.


2. " From indifference to mercy "? – To Judge:


Our methodology consists in working in various specialized groups within three committees. These are the places for the observation and the analysis of the real situations reported on the ground, in every country, thanks to the testimonies of the people who are living directly these situations questioning their fundamental rights or of those who support them.


Who can so upraise these testimonies but you?


For example of our actions we participate in the following working groups:


  • Fight against discrimination (monitoring of the European social charter, the vulnerable people, the access to the civil, cultural, economic and social rights, the gender equality)
  • Climate change, extreme poverty, migrations, co-development, health
  • Intercultural / inter-religious dialogue, fight against the speech of hatred
  • Education (teaching of the history, the teacher in interaction with his environment).

All these subjects are studied in relation with their impact on Human Rights.


You understand immediately that this phase of "judgment" is possible only if you observe the real situation in your country and that you let us know it, with all supporting evidence!


3. " From indifference to mercy "? – To Act:


I call back that all the member associations of the Conference of the INGOs have the participative status and that as such we have a major and unique role of control and complaint when the principles of the Council of Europe are diverted or flouted.


Our work is made in connection with the three other pillars of the Council and we have the statutory power to notify these complaints to its executive authorities.


From the working groups, resolution drafts and\or recommendations are proposed to the vote in commission, then to the approval of the Conference. After approval they are passed on in the other organs of the Council up to the Committee of the Ministers if necessary which is the executive body.


Within the framework of the collective complaints the action can go to the court referral of the European Court of Human Rights, the jurisdiction that prevails over the national jurisdictions.


Thus it is important to understand that our action has sense only if it leans on the preliminary phases of "Look" and "Judge" described previously. It shows the importance of the precise and necessary exchanges between each of your national associations and the delegation of Pax Romana to the Council of Europe!


4. What are we lacking to fulfil our commitment?


We are lacking of an (European) regional structure of Pax Romana:

  • To coordinate the various delegations with the international institutions
  • To define orientations and common priorities, to support our actions with the European network of Pax Romana
  • To promote Pax Romana and his image with member or friendly associations, to collect funds, to call for the annual contributions
  • To manage (definition and control) a specific European budget and to support financially delegations in their actions and their exchanges with the network (traveling costs)
  • To organize relevant events or participate in events within the framework of the institutions where we operate


We are lacking of an echo of our actions with the member associations of Pax Romana:

  • For every national association to give a reliable contact which undertakes to relieve the information in both directions
  • For every association to give an accurate definition of its fields of expertise


We are lacking of a mobilization of the network by:

  • A real contribution with materials and testimonies
  • A participation in the working groups and the side events


Last but not least, we are lacking of a raising awareness of the network to the fact that if it passes on us alerts on facts of infringements on the principles of the CoE, then we can pass them on the specialized committees of the Council of Europe

  • If we had such an echo of the network we could intend to be trained and to obtain an approval for "collective Complaints".



Thank you for your attention!


We wish you a successful work and we expect that this Plenary Assembly followed by the Statutory Assembly will undertake to fulfil our hopes and all the above lacks!


(For your memory, this speech in French and in English is posted on our website).





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