Council of Europe

Council of Europe2018-07-16T10:36:39+00:00

Within the Council of Europe, there are three bodies which the Advocate of the Principle of Equality closely cooperates with. In 2017, the Advocate of the Principle of Equality met with the members of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities, and the Commissioner for Human Rights, in Ljubljana.

The Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe is a political authority responsible for ensuring the respect and enforcement of human rights, promoting education and awareness-raising about human rights, and ensuring compliance with the Council of Europe’s acts on human rights. Their role is mostly preventive and complements the roles of the European Court of Human Rights and other conventional bodies. Protocol No. 14 to the European Convention on Human Rights introduces the appearance of the Commissioner for Human Rights Act before the court as a third party and enables filing of written opinions and participation in the process.

The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) operates in the field of human rights. It consists of independent experts and controls problems in connection with racism, xenophobia, antisemitism, intolerance and discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, skin colour, nationality, religion and language. It issues reports on Member States in these areas and recommendations for action. The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance is convinced that authorities for the equality principle play an important role in the prevention of discrimination at the national level. In its general recommendations, it encourages their creation and the strengthening of existing authorities. In the fight against racism and intolerance, the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance considers national authorities for the equality principle as strategic partners and strengthens its working relations with them.

The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities controls the implementation and enforcement of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities of the Council of Europe. Slovenia as a Party to the Framework Convention is committed to report to the Committee about the state within their national borders associated with the protection of minorities every 5 years. Advisory Committee members then visit Slovenia and the Advisory Committee gives an opinion about improvement, stagnation or deterioration of the state in the country, while also presenting proposals to address pressing problems. Based on the opinion of the Committee, the Board of Ministers issues a resolution whose recommendations bind the country to fulfil its obligations. Because the Advocate of the Principle of Equality has a statutory right to establish discrimination also regarding the personal circumstances of nationality and ethnic affiliation, the operation of the Advisory Committee and its recommendations are also key guidelines for him in this field.