Script achievements

Achievements list

Protecting your rights ... protecting everyone's rights
 
Human Rights

Protecting your rights ... protecting everyone's rights

The Council of Europe is the home of human rights. It created the European Convention on Human Rights to protect rights and political freedoms and set up the European Court to ensure that countries respect the rights of citizens.

Death penalty free
 
Human Rights

Death penalty free

The Council of Europe has succeeded in creating a death penalty free zone in almost every country in Europe. Only Belarus, which is not a member state, still carries out executions.

All different, all equal
 
Human Rights

All different, all equal

The Council of Europe protects against discrimination in all areas of life.

Torture belongs to the past
 
Human Rights

Torture belongs to the past

The Council of Europe has achieved greater respect for the human dignity of people detained by the police, in prison, psychiatric hospitals, or in migrant centres, and has significantly reduced the risk of torture or severe ill-treatment in police custody.

Making votes count
 
Democracy

Making votes count

The Council of Europe has defined the standards for free and fair elections.

Rights for every moment of your day
 
Human Rights

Rights for every moment of your day

The European Social Charter protects fundamental social and economic rights such as employment, housing, health, education, social protection and welfare.

Fixing the gender gap
 
Democracy

Fixing the gender gap

Council of Europe member states have pledged to ensure balanced participation of women and men in political and public decision-making.

Justice for victims of human trafficking
 
Crime and Justice

Justice for victims of human trafficking

The Council of Europe achieved recognition for victims of human trafficking.

Standing against violence to women
 
Crime and Justice

Standing against violence to women

The Council of Europe led the way in preventing violence against women, protecting victims and prosecuting perpetrators.

Human trafficking: action on traffickers
 
Crime and Justice

Human trafficking: action on traffickers

Thanks to the Council of Europe, victims of human trafficking are protected and traffickers and users of their services are punished.

#nohatespeech
 
Human Rights

#nohatespeech

The Council of Europe recognised hate speech as a human rights issue

Breaking the silence on child sex abuse
 
Children

Breaking the silence on child sex abuse

The Council of Europe created a momentum to break taboos surrounding sexual violence against children, making it obligatory to prevent and prosecute any sexual violence against a child and asserting the right of child victims of sexual violence to support and protection.

Patient access to medicines of same quality
 
Health and Medicines

Patient access to medicines of same quality

The Council of Europe has improved access to quality medicines and health care for citizens thanks to the work of the European Pharmacopoeia.

Combating cybercriminals
 
Crime and Justice

Combating cybercriminals

Thanks to the Council of Europe, cyber-attacks against computer systems are criminalized and cooperation between agencies strengthened.

Children's rights everywhere!
 
Children

Children's rights everywhere!

The Council of Europe is working with its partners to ensure that justice systems, health care and social service providers have a more child-rights and child-centred approach, and is leading states to bring on board children's views and child participation at every level in all decision-making on issues that concern them.

Gay and Trans rights protected
 
Human Rights

Gay and Trans rights protected

The Council of Europe was the first to create an international legal text to combat discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity.

No more smacking in school - and no more smacking anywhere!
 
Children

No more smacking in school - and no more smacking anywhere!

The Council of Europe put an end to corporal punishment in schools in Europe and leads the fight against corporal punishment of children in any setting.

Celebrating Roma culture
 
Culture, Education and Sport

Celebrating Roma culture

The Council of Europe set up the European Institute for Roma Arts and Culture in Berlin together with the Open Society Foundations and the Roma Leaders' initiative - the Alliance for the European Roma Institute.

Your right to health
 
Health and Medicines

Your right to health

In 1997 the Council of Europe set up the world's only legally binding convention to protect human rights in the field of biology and medicine, including daily medical practice, biomedical research, genetics and organ and tissue transplantation.

A first in protecting private data
 
Crime and Justice

A first in protecting private data

Thirty years ago, the Council of Europe led the way in protecting privacy when personal data is processed with what is still the only binding international convention in the field with a potential worldwide remit.

Safety for children online
 
Children

Safety for children online

The Council of Europe adopted the first international text on protecting the rights of children in the digital environment.

A code for good governance
 
Democracy

A code for good governance

The Council of Europe set out a common vision of governance with the 12 Principles of Good Democratic Governance.

Kicking back on kickbacks
 
Crime and Justice

Kicking back on kickbacks

Thanks to the Council of Europe, bribes are no longer tax deductible.

The guardian of reproductive rights
 
Health and Medicines

The guardian of reproductive rights

Women won the right to end an unwanted pregnancy thanks to the Council of Europe.

No human clones
 
Health and Medicines

No human clones

Human cloning is banned thanks to the Council of Europe.

A new start for refugees
 
Culture, Education and Sport

A new start for refugees

The Council of Europe created the European Refugee Qualifications Passport - a special assessment scheme for refugees providing reliable information to help them integrate and find jobs, or gain admission to further studies, even if they cannot fully document their qualifications.

Making sport doping free
 
Culture, Education and Sport

Making sport doping free

The Council of Europe created the first international convention against doping.

Together against terrorism
 
Crime and Justice

Together against terrorism

The Council of Europe has strengthened international co-operation to bring terrorists to justice.

Freedom through film
 
Culture, Education and Sport

Freedom through film

The Council of Europe promotes free artistic expression and cultural diversity by financing nearly 2000 co-produced cinema films through its Eurimages fund.

Fair play on the sport's pitch
 
Culture, Education and Sport

Fair play on the sport's pitch

The Council of Europe has pushed for better governance in sport to make it more ethical, more inclusive and safer.

Stop the fakes
 
Health and Medicines

Stop the fakes

A Council of Europe convention has criminalized threats to public health such as counterfeiting medical products.

Human Rights in every country
 
Human Rights

Human Rights in every country

The Council of Europe worked to build and strengthen national human rights institutions and mechanisms that ensure the European Convention on Human Rights is applied in each country.

Celebrating difference
 
Culture, Education and Sport

Celebrating difference

The Council of Europe created effective policies to integrate and manage cultural diversity in society - including a network of more than 150 "Intercultural Cities" around the World.

Boosting democracy's grassroots
 
Democracy

Boosting democracy's grassroots

The Council of Europe has championed civil society as an important pillar of democracy and supported its development.

Study abroad without problems
 
Culture, Education and Sport

Study abroad without problems

The Council of Europe made it possible for higher education diplomas to be recognised across borders.

Constitutional justice: rights recognised
 
Democracy

Constitutional justice: rights recognised

The role of constitutional justice and constitutional courts in protecting fundamental rights and the rule of law is recognised thanks to the Council of Europe.

Bringing democracy home
 
Democracy

Bringing democracy home

The Council of Europe brought decision-making closer to citizens through the European Charter of Local Self-Government.

Hands across borders
 
Democracy

Hands across borders

The Council of Europe obtained better co-operation across national borders through a special agreement on transfrontier cooperation.

Reforming justice
 
Democracy

Reforming justice

The Council of Europe has offered targeted support through cooperation projects, leading to in-depth reforms.

A hand up for youth with problems
 
Young People

A hand up for youth with problems

The Council of Europe has brought policy solutions to young people in situations of exclusion, discrimination and violence, particularly in multicultural disadvantaged neighbourhoods.

Stronger rules for commerce
 
Crime and Justice

Stronger rules for commerce

Thanks to the Council of Europe, commercial companies may be subject to a criminal penalty.

Sending prisoners home
 
Crime and Justice

Sending prisoners home

The Council of Europe made it possible for foreign prisoners to return to their country of origin to serve out the remainder of their sentence.

Learning human rights online
 
Human Rights

Learning human rights online

The Council of Europe offers 30 free online courses for legal professionals on data protection, asylum, hate speech, domestic violence, trafficking in human beings, justice adapted to children, labour rights, bioethics, sport and other topics.

Your nationality guaranteed
 
Human Rights

Your nationality guaranteed

The Council of Europe established the right to a nationality and the elimination of statelessness.

A common age of majority
 
Human Rights

A common age of majority

Eighteen is the age of majority throughout Europe thanks to the Council of Europe.

Ending bad conditions for prisoners
 
Human Rights

Ending bad conditions for prisoners

The Council of Europe has helped improve material conditions in many prisons, police stations, immigration detention centres and psychiatric establishments - some have been closed completely.

End to cruelty in psychiatric centres
 
Human Rights

End to cruelty in psychiatric centres

Thanks to the Council of Europe, psychiatric patients are no longer placed in cage-like "net beds".

Spreading the word worldwide
 
Human Rights

Spreading the word worldwide

The Council of Europe's Lisbon based Centre for Global Interdependence and Solidarity - more commonly known as the "North-South Centre" has spread universal values of human rights, democracy and the rule of law beyond the European continent since 1989.

More for young people
 
Young People

More for young people

The Council of Europe has provided international financial and educational support for European youth activities through its European Youth Foundation since 1972.

Keeping democracy on track
 
Democracy

Keeping democracy on track

Democratic control of how a state and its institutions function has been enhanced thanks to the Council of Europe's advisory and monitoring bodies.

Making young Europeans
 
Young People

Making young Europeans

The Council of Europe has helped shape generations of democracy and human rights-spirited young Europeans in the European Youth Centres in Strasbourg and Budapest.

Standing against organ trafficking
 
Health and Medicines

Standing against organ trafficking

The Council of Europe has improved safeguards against trafficking in human organs.

A pioneer in nature protection
 
The Natural World

A pioneer in nature protection

The Council of Europe created the Bern Convention, the first international treaty to protect wildlife and the natural environment and followed it with four others.

Getting the youth voice into politics
 
Young People

Getting the youth voice into politics

The Council of Europe has pioneered good governance and youth participation, bringing young people and government representatives together to take decisions within the co-management system.

A flag for Europe
 
Culture, Education and Sport

A flag for Europe

The Council of Europe created the European flag in 1955 and adopted Beethoven's ‘Ode to joy' as the European anthem in 1972.

Leading the way on equality
 
Human Rights

Leading the way on equality

Council of Europe action has led to progress in gender equality.

Human rights: the same everywhere.
 
Human Rights

Human rights: the same everywhere.

There is a common understanding of human rights among member states thanks to the case law of the European Court of Human Rights and recommendations made by the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers.

Constitutions that respect democracy
 
Democracy

Constitutions that respect democracy

Countries have adopted constitutions inspired by democratic standards, respect for human rights and the rule of law, assisted by the Council of Europe's Venice Commission.

Loving languages
 
Culture, Education and Sport

Loving languages

The Council of Europe started the European Day of Languages to celebrate the rich mosaic of languages coexisting in Europe and encourage language learning.

Stopping ill treatment at every level
 
Human Rights

Stopping ill treatment at every level

The Council of Europe has established and improved national protection mechanisms against ill-treatment and degrading treatment, and set up specialized investigation bodies in many states.

Education and exchange for lawyers
 
Human Rights

Education and exchange for lawyers

The Council of Europe provides a platform for professional exchanges on human rights both through intergovernmental committees and human rights education for legal professionals, and through a network of superior courts.

A tool to test your language skills.
 
Culture, Education and Sport

A tool to test your language skills.

The Council of Europe created the definitive tool that measures levels of language proficiency and tracks learners' progress. It's called the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Exploring the past
 
Culture, Education and Sport

Exploring the past

The Council of Europe set up a European dimension for history teaching that enriches national approaches.

Routes to understand Europe
 
Culture, Education and Sport

Routes to understand Europe

The Council of Europe established cultural routes to help Europeans better understand and appreciate their history and culture.

The best justice possible
 
Crime and Justice

The best justice possible

The Council of Europe has set the standard for independence, quality and efficiency of judges and justice through the case law of the European Court of Human Rights and its specialized bodies.

No hiding place for criminals
 
Crime and Justice

No hiding place for criminals

Council of Europe treaties have promoted international cooperation to combat impunity for crimes. These include mutual legal assistance, extradition and transfer of proceedings.

Keeping politics clean
 
Crime and Justice

Keeping politics clean

Thanks to the Council of Europe, the financing of politics is subject to transparency rules.

Bringing compassion to drug policies
 
Health and Medicines

Bringing compassion to drug policies

Since 1980 the Council of Europe hosts the “Pompidou Group” of 40 member states to promote a human rights based approach to drug policies.

Investing in Europe
 
Social Cohesion

Investing in Europe

The Council of Europe Development Bank has financed 45 billion Euros of loans for social investment projects, fostering social cohesion and strengthening social integration in Europe since 1956.

Stopping animal suffering
 
The Natural World

Stopping animal suffering

A 1986 Council of Europe convention advanced animal protection by cutting the number of scientific experiments and limiting the number of animals used.