The GNCHR and the Council of Europe / ECHR

The GNCHR has developed and maintained close, continuous, and multilevel cooperation with all the institutions of the Council of Europe, and in particular with:

  • The Commissioner for Human Rights
  • The European Committee of Social Rights
  • The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI)
  • The European Commission for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT)
  • The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR)

The GNCHR submits reports which concern the whole range of human rights, while its contribution is constant with regard to the implementation of the European Social Charter in Greece. The GNCHR has participated as a partner in cooperation programs with the Council of Europe and the European Commission such as the JUSTROM, JUSTROM 2, and JUSTROM 3 concerning the effective access of Roma women and travelers to justice, while through the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions (ENNHRI), the GNCHR participates on the collaborative platform between ENNHRI, the Council of Europe, the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) and the European Network of Equal Bodies (EQUINET) on social and economic rights since 2015. As part of this platform, the GNCHR hosted in its offices on 7-8 June 2016 the third meeting of the operational platform for Roma equality (Operational Platform on Roma Equality (OPRE). Series of initiatives and more specific actions have been undertaken by the GNCHR in the context of the Greek Presidency of the Committee of Ministers in the Council of Europe (15.5.2020-18.11.2020).

Ιn addition, the cooperation of the GNCHR with the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has been particularly rich and important. This cooperation is multilateral and consists of:

  • The translation in the Greek language of the ECHR Newsletters by the GNCHR. In cooperation with the ECHR, the Newsletters at hand are available on the official website of the Court.
  • Referrals to the GNCHR reports, positions, and recommendations by the ECHR, which can be found here.
  • The participation of the GNCHR in the wider debate with regard to both the reform of the ECHR and the EU accession to the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and the Strasbourg system.

The GNCHR is committed to promoting the tasks of the Council of Europe and monitoring the implementation of ECHR decisions through the following actions:

  • The collection of all decisions of the ECHR against Greece
  • Emphasis on the list of simple and enhanced surveillance decisions
  • Its intervention in the Committee of Ministers regarding the decisions of enhanced supervision through the implementation, where necessary, of the provision no. 9 of the Rules of Procedure of the Committee of Ministers

Finally, regarding the submission before the ECHR, instructions, and information in Greek can be found here.

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