Profile: Council of Europe

  • Founded on the 5th May 1949 by 10 countries in the aftermath of the second world war
  • Set up to promote democracy and human rights and the rule of law in Europe
  • Based in Strasbourg, comprised of 47 member countries of Europe
  • Chaired by Foreign Secretary William Hague

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UK urges rights court reform

Justice Secretary Ken Clarke will chair a Council of Europe meeting in Brighton that is looking at ways to reform the European Court of Human Rights.