Marking the 60th Anniversary of the European Convention on Human Rights
Strasbourg – On 19 October 2010, the Council of Europe held a ceremony to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.
The audience was addressed by Gjorgje Ivanov, President of the Republic of Macedonia on behalf of the Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers, Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland and Jean-Paul Costa, President of the European Court of Human Rights.
Secretary General Jagland underlined in his statement that the time has come to move from broadening democracy to deepening it. In this context, he stressed the importance of respect for identity of others and the issue of immigrants, which the countries have not yet succeeded to include in the deepening of democratic processes.
As a guest of honour, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined in his address that the Council of Europe is a key partner of the United Nations, placing emphasis on the importance of understanding the universality and indivisibility of human rights in the context of the growing North-South divide.
The keynotes were followed by a panel discussion on the future of human rights in Europe, moderated by Jean-Paul Costa, President of the European Court of Human Rights.
The panel was attended by presidents of CoE supervisory mechanisms, including Professor Dr Polonca Končar, President of the European Committee of Social Rights. Much like the previous keynote speakers, all representatives of supervisory mechanisms underlined the key role of the European Court of Human Rights and the complementarity between the Court and supervisory mechanisms. President of the European Court of Human Rights, Jean-Paul Costa highlighted in his final statement that the panel had shown that the mechanisms are not only complementary, but that there is a true synergy between them, making it necessary to further develop close cooperation.