Tuesday, 12 May 2015
Council of Europe Communications
It is widely accepted that democracy promotes peace among nations, reduces the abuse of power and encourages societies to live in harmony. Upholding human rights undeniably fosters democratic security.
This is the main theme of the second annual report by the Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland, “State of
Human Rights and the Rule of Law in Europe - A shared responsibility for
democratic security in Europe”.
It compares democratic practices in European countries identifying judicial weaknesses and media freedom as the major areas of concern. To address them, the report suggests concrete follow-up actions, including training for legal professionals and programmes on the safety of journalists.