Council of Europe
The Council of Europe is a human rights organisation, based in Strasbourg (France), whose stated aim is to uphold human rights, democracy and the rule of law in Europe. Founded in 1949, it has 47 Member-States, including the 27 EU Member-States. Unlike the EU, the Council of Europe cannot make binding laws, however it has the power to enforce international agreements reached by European states on various topics.
Since 2001, FAFCE has been granted a participatory status to the Council of Europe, and supports the rights of the family in the different institutions of the Council of Europe:
- European Court of Human Rights: composed of judges from each Member-State, it ensures the respect of the obligations of Member-States under the European Convention on Human Rights (1950). The Court rules on individual or State applications alleging violations of the civil and political rights set out in the Convention.
- Committee of Ministers: composed of the Foreign Affairs Ministers, usually represented by Permanent Representatives and Ambassadors, it is the decision-making body of the Council of Europe.
- Parliamentary Assembly: composed of parliamentarians from all Member-States, it adopts resolution and recommendations to governments.
- Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe: composed of political representatives from local and regional authorities, it issues opinions on fundamental rights affecting regions and cities.
- Conference of INGOs: composed of NGOs with a participate status, it produces opinions based on the ground expertise of NGOs.
Already in 2005, FAFCE invited the Members of the PACE to reflect in depth on the problems that may arise in surrogacy arrangements and on other objections to surrogacy[i]. Whilst recognising the natural desire of every person to
Press Release | Surrogacy Motherhood debated at the Council of Europe – are Human beings a commodity?
Human beings, a commodity? Surrogacy Motherhood leads to commercialisation of women and children, prices for Surrogacy Motherhood can range from 76,000 to 171,000 US $. Brussels, 18 November 2015 On Monday 23 November the Committee on Social Affairs, Health and
Rocio Franch Oviedo In recent years, courts across Europe and, in particular, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) have been following a trend in favour of accepting surrogacy in relation to the "child's best interests”. In most cases,
Press Release | Lack of Conscientious Objection Clause for Medical Staff in Sweden – Decision of the European Committee of Social Rights
Brussels, 18 June 2015 Contrary to Resolution 1763 adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on 10 October 2011, Medical Staff in Sweden have no legal right to conscientious objection in case of ethically
Signed by more than 185,000 citizens, the Bureau of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) formally received the "Petition for the rights of new-borns surviving their abortion", deciding to forward it to the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights.
The Pope spoke to Europe in Strasbourg, but what is the difference between the European Parliament and the Council of Europe?
On 25 November 2014, Pope Francis addressed the European Parliament, gathered for this occasion in a formal session, then he went to the Council of Europe. For the first non-European Pope of the modern age, it is the
On 10 September the European Committee on Social Rights declared FAFCE's collective complaint against Sweden in favour of conscientious objection for medical staff admissible. In March 2013 the FAFCE filed a collective complaint against the Swedish Government, on the
Sweden discriminates! Collective complaint against Sweden in favor of conscientious objection and respect for democratic procedures
Press Release - Brussels, 8 March 2013 Sweden lacks respect both for the fundamental freedom of conscience laid down by the European Convention on Human Rights and for the democratic proceedings of the Parliamentary Assembly of the
Collective Complaint against Sweden based on lack of respect for right to protection of health and Non-Discrimination
The FAFCE has submitted a collective complaint against Sweden. The FAFCE argues that Sweden lacks respect for articles 11 (right to protection of health) and E (Non-Discrimination) of the European Social Charter. The complaint is part of the procedure foreseen by
Brussels, 7th November 2011 The Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe (FAFCE) which holds a participatory status with the Council of Europe, greets the final judgment presented on 3rd November 2011 by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR)