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08 April 2020

Activity Details (ID# 22340)  

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Title Workshop ''The protection and promotion by national human rights structures of the rights of physically and mentally disabled persons'' 
Description Workshop and preparatory mission.
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 25/06/2008 - 04/12/2008 
Location European Youth Centre - Budapest, Hungary
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*
  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.
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
Last Modified 23/04/2009 

Activity Synopsis (ID# 22340) (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 fifth workshop of the Peer-to-Peer project (Budapest, Hungary, 2-3 December) was entitled “The promotion and protection by national human rights structures of the rights of persons with disabilities”. It was organised at the European Youth Centre Budapest.
Output/Results The workshop consisted of five working sessions. During the first session, participants identified obstacles preventing persons with disabilities from full enjoyment of their rights, and discussed how to ensure that persons with disabilities have access to the NHRSs. This was followed by a session giving an overview of the international legal standards. Two substantive rights - namely the right not to be discriminated against, particularly in the field of education, and the right to legal capacity – were then discussed more in detail. The last session covered the role of independent national mechanisms, as laid down in art 33 of the UN Convention, and how to conduct visits to places where persons with disabilities are deprived of their liberty.

Through exchanges of experiences, participants explored other avenues and possibilities for NHRSs to reinforce the protection and promotion of the rights of disables persons.
Conclusions/Follow Up A vivid discussion took place after each presentation in a “peer to peer” spirit and showed how much this theme which is under development is of particular interest to NHRSs.

This workshop on a field which has been changing in the last months with the adoption of new international standards related to the protection of disabled persons has 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 25 participants from NHRSs from CoE member States and other institutions 
Consultants/Experts - Experts:

Mr. Pétur HAUKSSON, 2nd Vice-President of the CPT

Mr. Péter KEMÉNY, Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor of Hungary, Deputy Head of Department of Disability and Rehabilitation

Mr. Azédine LAMAMRA, Avocat, Member of The Luxembourg Advisory Committee on Human Rights

Mr. Oliver LEWIS, Executive director, Mental Advocacy Disability Centre

Ms. Anna NILSSON, Consultant

Mr. Gerard QUINN, Director, Centre for Disability Law and Policy National University of Ireland

- Representative from the Interdepartmental Centre on Human Rights and the Rights of Peoples of the University of Padua

- Representative from the St Petersburg Strategy Centre of Humanities and Political Science

- Representatives from the International Centre for Democratic Transition, Budapest

CoE Secretariat - Ms. Clementina BARBARO, Head of Unit, Legal and Human Rights Capacity Building Division, DGHL

- Ms. Natalia LOMOURI, Project Officer, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark/Council of Europe Project, ''Enhancing the Capacity of Public Defender of Georgia'', DGHL

- Ms Antje ROTHEMUND, Executive Director, European Youth Centre Budapest, Hungary

- Mr. Markus JAEGER, Deputy to the Director, Head of the National Human Rights Structures Unit, Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights
- Ms. Delphine FREYMANN, Project Manager, National Human Rights Structures Unit, Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights
- Ms. Nadia SOKOLOVA, Personal assistant to the Director
Total No. Participants 47 
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  * 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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