A high-level conference of the Council of Europe on continued reform of the European Human Rights Convention system was held on 12 and 13 April 2018 in Copenhagen, Denmark, in order to further debate the reform process of the European Court of Human Rights and the role of the European Convention on Human Rights for the future of Europe.
The head of the Latvian delegation, Aiga Liepiņa, Ambassador - Director of the Department of International Organizations and Humanitarian Affairs, emphasized in her introductory remarks that, in order to guarantee the protection of the rights contained in the Convention, the Member States must assume full responsibility for the effective enforcement of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights. As the result of the conference, the Copenhagen Declaration was adopted, which emphasized the need to build and further strengthen an effective and balanced European human rights system based on what has been achieved so far.
Previously conferences on the future framework of the Convention on Human Rights were held in 2010 in Interlaken (Switzerland), in 2012 in Izmir (Turkey), in 2012 in Brighton (Great Britain), and in 2015 in Brussels (Belgium).
The Council of Europe, founded in 1949, is the oldest political organization in Europe and currently comprises 47 European countries. The aim of its activities is to create a single area of democracy and justice, ensuring respect and protection of its fundamental values – human rights, democracy and the rule of law. Latvia became a member of the Council of Europe in 1995 and in 1997 the country ratified the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.
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