Press release – 489(2006)

Opening not just the doors: the Council of Europe offers an inside look at human rights challenges today  

Strasbourg, 07.06.2006 - The Open Day at the Council of Europe on Sunday, September 17 promises more than just access to the Organisation’s two main structures – the Palais de l’Europe and the Human Rights Building – it will also have a re-enactment of European debates on issues that affect all Europeans today.
Visitors will witness re-enactments of famous debates on the abolition of the death penalty, still an essential goal for the Council of Europe. An important judgment from the European Court of Human Rights will also be re-enacted – with court lawyers on hand to answer questions.
To illustrate the inclusiveness of the Open Day theme, “The Council of Europe: passionate about democracy, passionate about rights, passionate about human values” citizens from all 46 member states will introduce themselves in their national language on seven large plasma screens. Throughout the visit, the public will be invited to take part in a prize-winning Europe quiz comprising 26 questions in three languages: English, French and German.
Other Open Day highlights include:

    · An exhibit presenting the Council of Europe’s 12 major achievements, in the Committee of Ministers’ ante-room, with a presentation of the Russian chairmanship of the Council of Europe;
    · The presentation of current human rights campaigns, such as the children’s campaign, and fight against human trafficking and against domestic violence;
    · Live music by Roma musicians, to highlight the Council of Europe’s campaign in promoting the rights of Europe’s Roma;
    · Children’s corner with games, drawings, puzzles and shows

The Council of Europe, at 1 Avenue de l’Europe, invites you to take time this Sunday to see the Organisation’s passionate work in human rights, law and democracy. Events in both buildings last from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Council of Europe Press Division
Tel: +33 (0)3 88 41 25 60
Fax:+33 (0)3 88 41 39 11