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28 March 2020

Activity Details (ID# 22336)  

 
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Title Workshop on ''The promotion and protection by national human rights structures of the exercise of freedom of expression'' 
Description Staff members of eligible NHRSs will discuss with peers coming from other NHRSs.
A thematic handbook in English, French and Russian will be published following the workshop and will be disseminated for the use of NHRSs and other human rights actors. 
Status Completed 
Date 22/10/2008 - 23/10/2008 
Location Padova, Italy
Countries CoE Members: Albania / Armenia / Azerbaijan / Bosnia and Herzegovina / Croatia / Georgia / Republic of Moldova / Montenegro / Russian Federation / ''the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia'' / Turkey / Ukraine
Others: Kosovo*
  Multilateral
  Joint Programme Activity - Peer project
Joint Programme EC/CoE
JP Peer project - Setting up an active network of independent non-judicial Human Rights Structures in the Council of Europe member States which are not members of the European Union    (Logframe)  (Activities)
Project Purpose 1 - 2008/DGHL/JP/1765   Assisting National Human Rights Structures (NHRSs)
Expected Result 1.2 - The staff of the National Human Rights Structures have enhanced their knowledge of European standards of human rights protection, and have extended their awareness of possibilities of action.
 PoA
Council of Europe Programme of Activities
I – Human Rights
Line of Action ⇒ I.2 – Protecting and promoting Human Rights through the other CoE institutions and mechanisms
Programme ☆ I.2.1  Commissioner for Human Rights

Working Method

Training Course 
Directorate Human Rights and Legal Affairs 
CoE Contact FREYMANN, Delphine   email
Partners University of Padua - University or Institute
Last Modified 23/04/2009 


Activity Synopsis (ID# 22336) (Hide Synopsis)

Objective(s) The Joint European Union – Council of Europe Programme “Setting up an active network of independent non judicial human rights structures”, or “Peer-to-Peer Project”, aims to empower national human rights structures (NHRSs, i.e. ombudsmen and national institutions) to help prevent and find solutions to human rights violations more effectively at domestic level. Through a series of workshops, where international legal norms are explained and participants discuss their respective experiences to implement these norms, specialised staff members of the national structures can strengthen their own human rights competences and increase their awareness of the possibilities for action at domestic level and for co-operation with international mechanisms.

The forth workshop of the Peer-to-Peer project (Padua, Italy, 21-23 October) was entitled “The promotion and protection by national human rights structures of freedom of expression and information”. It was organised in cooperation with the Interdepartmental Centre on Human Rights and the Rights of Peoples of the University of Padua.
 
Output/Results The workshop was organised in four working sessions, corresponding to four aspects of freedom of expression and freedom of information: balancing freedom of expression with other individual rights; the specific cases of hate speech and insults to religious beliefs; the protection of journalists; access to information. Particular attention was given to the Council of Europe work on these four themes.

Through exchanges of experiences, participants explored other avenues and possibilities for NHRSs to reinforce the protection and promotion of freedom of expression and information. NHRSs’s discussions demonstrated their potential regarding obstacles to access to information.

 
Conclusions/Follow Up This workshop on the wide and complex issues related to the freedom of expression and freedom of information have permitted to draw up an inventory of the aspects of protection that need to be addressed.

As with all P2P workshops, a debriefing paper will be issued in French, English and Russian and disseminated amongst NHRS and other relevant actors.
 
Participants 21 participants from NHRSs from CoE member States and other institutions 
Consultants/Experts - Experts:

Helen DARBISHIRE
Executive Director
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Marc GRÜBER
Director
European Federation of Journalists

Sejal PARMAR
Senior Legal Officer
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- Co organisers from the Interdepartmental Centre on Human Rights and the Rights of Peoples of the University of Padua:

- Tatiana BARANDOVA, St Petersburg Strategy Centre of Humanities and Political Science
 
CoE Secretariat Expertise:

- Irene KITSOU-MILONAS , Legal advisor to the Commissioner, Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights
- Ivan NIKOLTCHEV, Head of Media Unit, Legal and Human Rights Capacity Building Division, DG Human Rights and Legal Affairs
- Mario OETHEIMER, Lawyer, Research Division, European Court of Human Rights
- Fredrik SUNDBERG, Deputy to the Head of the Department for the Execution of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights
- Aline USANASE, Lawyer, European Commission against Racism and Intolerance

Organisers:

- Markus JAEGER, Deputy to the Director, Head of the National Human Rights Structures Unit, Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights
- Delphine FREYMANN, Project Manager, National Human Rights Structures Unit, Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights
- Oliver MATTER, National Human Rights Structures Unit, , Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights
 
Total No. Participants 34 
Last Modified

23/04/2009 




 
  * All reference to Kosovo, whether to the territory, institutions or population, in this text shall be understood in full compliance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo.  
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