The Advisory Council on youth of the Council of Europe enables youth organizations to share their experiences Ilaria Espositoand perspectives, provide opinions and input on all youth sector activities. It also to ensure that the voice of young people is represented at this level and that young people and youth organizations can fully participate in Council of Europe activities, making the decisions which directly affect them.

There is no need to say that young people of the 21rst century are indeed facing challenges regarding exclusion, discrimination and violence. Institutions, civil society and governments are aware of that. However we still experience some disappointing discussion with Member States when it comes to promote the concept of ‘’democratic innovation’’ (one of the priority of the director general of Democracy of the Council of Europe).

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Human Rights: Are Democratic Nations Upholding A Better Standard?

Speakers Profiles

Houses of Parliament  November 21st - 22nd

Some Speaker’s Biographies:

Founders AddressDr. Hak Ja Han Moon's Address Presented by Her Son Mr Kwon Jin Moon.

Seoul, Korea - August 21, 2013

Excellencies. Religious Leaders. Women Leaders. Ambassadors for Peace. Distinguished delegates from throughout the world. Ladies and Gentlemen. Thank you for participating in this very important International Leadership Conference. As you know, one year ago, my beloved husband of 52 years, Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon, ascended to the spiritual world. At this time, we gather in honor of the first anniversary of his passing, and to pay tribute to his life, his teachings and his legacy. 

Panel on eastern DRC violenceThe final Session of the European Leadership Conference to commemorate the 63rd Human Rights Day entitled, 'The Prevention of Sexual Violence Especially in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo', was chaired by the host, Dr Charles Tannock MEP.

The first speaker Humphrey Hawksley, the BBC World Affairs Correspondent and author, (photo below - next to Charlotte Simon) in a call for new legislation in the EU, compared the efforts of the United States in this matter with the inadequate response of the EU to the 'conflict minerals' that are to be found in many of our laptops and mobile phones. As much as 80% of the world's coltan comes from Congo. Most of these are sourced from the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and fund and give rise to the war torn region's violence and notorious rape statistics. (for more information see Hawksley's article in Yale Global Online).

Prevention of Torture 'Prevention and Eradication of Torture'

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The final two sessions of the European Leadership Conference were held in the European Parliament co-sponsored with  the NGO ‘Freedom from Torture’ and hosted by Dr Charles Tannock MEP (photo right)Session 7, entitled “Prevention & Eradication of Torture”, featured Mr. Keith Best, (centre in photo) the Chief Executive Officer of 'Freedom from Torture' which campaigns for the eradication of torture and helps the victims who have suffered torture. The second speaker was one of those victims, Ms. Philomène Uwamaliya (left in photo), a member of the Survivors Speaking Out network.


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