ZAGREB, Oct 3 (Croatia Sun News) – New Council of Europe Secretary-General Marija Pejcinovic Buric said on Wednesday human rights were non-negotiable and that she would use all her powers so that CoE member states respected them.
Croatia’s former foreign minister became the CoE head on September 18. The CoE and the European Court of Human Rights monitor human rights in 47 countries of the European region.
In her first address to the CoE Parliamentary Assembly in Strasbourg, Pejcinovic Buric said she would not hesitate to use her powers to ask for explanations of systematic and lasting problems in the execution of ECHR rulings, and that she would also ask for the Venice Commission’s opinions.
Member states must show that they respect legal standards and international commitments, including the European Convention on Human Rights, which will be key for fully restoring the credibility and importance of our organisation, she said.
She warned of negative trends in some member states such as corruption, threats against judicial independence and freedom of the press, restrictions against the civil society and human rights activists, gender inequality, sexual violence, and the rise in hate speech and populist rhetoric.