In my email of 18th July to EN-RE's Coordination Group about a new questionnaire, I was thinking EN-RE member groups should check the situation of compliance of our countries with the Council of Europe reports on its Member States and take action to improve the situation when our institutions fail to comply. These reports are updated continously. As an example, I provided the link to Belgium. In the right hand margin there is a picture of the Palais de l'Europe and the message See Council of Europe in brief in website in Dutch, French und German but today the links are not working.

However, when I tried Spain, the link provided a lot of information in Spanish so I checked to see what other languages are available: 36 more: and with several pages of the same information for each language. It was a bit complicated to interpret the languages in cyrillic and other scripts but by remembering the names of the States in English I was able to interpret them:

Albanian, Armenian, Azerbaijanian,

Bosnian, Bulgarian, Czech, Catalan, Croatian, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, Georgian, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Maltese, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Montenegran, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, (Spanish), Swedish, Turkish and Ukrainian.

So I thought it would be good for us to provide this information to our immigrant friends who speak these languages to help them recognise their rights. In fact, it is valid for all persons whatever their nationality because human rights are the patrimony of all humanity.

Additionally, the link under Structure provides information on each of the key sections of the Council of Europe which, of course, includes the Conference of INGOs and there I would like to mention Country visit reports. These visits are made to CSOs (civil society organizations) but in collaboration with the permanent representation of the Member State in Strasbourg and in the next plenary of the INGO Conference, the report on each member State visit is discussed with a diplomat from the State concerned and the official of the INGO Conference who participated in the visit plus one or more civilians.

There are no new country visits planned by the INGO Conference at this moment.