26 Jul 2023

Copenhagen Declaration cites NHRIs as crucial for implementing European Convention on Human Rights

Through the Copenhagen Declaration, Council of Europe Member States confirmed their commitment to a strong and independent European Court of Human Rights; the right to individual petition; and the responsibility of states for national implementation. The Declaration also reiterated the significant role that national human rights structures and stakeholders play in implementing the Convention. In doing so, it called on states – if they had not already done so – to consider the establishment of an independent NHRI in accordance with the Paris Principles.