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The Council of Europe is a key international organisation committed to promoting the respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, and strengthening democracy and the rule of law in the wider European area. The Council's efforts have paved the way to one of the greatest achievements of present-day Europe, the abolition of the death penalty in all of its Member States.

Slovenia in the Council of Europe

Since joining the oldest pan-European international organisation on 14 May 1993, Slovenia has gained recognition as a successful Member State, with high standards of respect for human and minority rights, strong democratic institutions and the rule of law. Slovenia is a contracting party to the majority of some 220 treaties adopted by the Council of Europe.

Human rights

Through human rights promotion, the Council helps identify and remedy violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms. Slovenia is a contracting party to numerous conventions, most importantly, the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, which contains the basic tenets for the Council's work. A unique supranational court, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), was set up to ensure that these rights are respected by the Member States.

Democracy and the rule of law

The international community highly values the respect for international law, the rule of law, human rights and fundamental freedoms, and democratic principles. As a Member State, Slovenia actively supports these pillars of the Council of Europe.

The Council applies the same democratic rules to all its Member States, monitors the implementation of binding commitments, and provides a platform for cooperation and exchange of good practices. The Organisation is a guardian of the foundations of democracy, such as the independence of the judiciary, freedom of expression, freedom of assembly and association, democratic institutions and an inclusive society.

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