We’re meeting some of Europe’s most prominent human rights defenders. What do you think we should ask them?

13 March 2018

Next week, some of us in the Commissioner’s office will be visiting the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.

This institution plays an important role in defending your human rights, and we’ve put together an explanation of what it does here .

Everyone in the UK is defended by the Council of Europe, including children and young people— and you should be able to ask people who work for it about the issues that matter to you.

We’ll have several meetings with the Council of Europe next week, and we’re happy to put your questions to some of the people we see. If you have questions for any of them, you can send them to us through this form:

You can also send us your questions:

We’ll try and ask as many of your questions as we can.

Who we’re meeting

Advisers to the Commissioner for Human Rights

We’ll be meeting two advisers to the Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights.

This Commissioner’s job is to:

  • Help Member States of the Council of Europe implement human rights standards,
  • Help make people throughout Member States of the Council of Europe aware of human rights,
  • Help find ways to improve human rights laws and practices,
  • Help people know how they can defend human rights.

Geneviève Mayer, Head of the Department for the execution of judgments

What happens when the Court of Human Rights delivers a judgement about human rights, and how does the Council of Europe make sure it’s carried out?

And how can individuals and organisations help the Council carry out this work?

These are the questions we’ll be asking Geneviève Mayer when we meet her next week.

Ombudsman Tuomas Kurttila, Chair of ENOC

Tuomas Kurttila is the Children and Young People’s Commissioner for Finland, but he’s also Chair of the European Network of Ombudspersons for Children (ENOC).

This is a Europe-wide group of institutions who defend the human rights of children and young people.

We’ll be talking to Tuomas about issues that children and young people consider important, including Brexit and mental health, and how ENOC might work to make a difference to you.