Council of Europe: Europe faces worst human rights 'crisis' in decades
Europe is facing its largest human rights crisis in over two decades, according to the Council of Europe. The human rights watchdog, in a report published on Wednesday 16 April 2014, says serious human rights violations including corruption, human trafficking, racism and discrimination persist across Europe.
Coupled with unemployment and poverty in many of the 47 countries under its mandate, the violations help feed extremism and fuel conflict, it notes. Discrimination is a serious issue in 39 of the member states.
The report represents the first consolidated analysis of human rights, democracy and the rule of law in Europe, based on the findings of the Council of Europe's monitoring bodies.
The report, which makes a series of recommendations on how the organisation can provide more rapid and effective assistance to its 47 member states, will be discussed at the meeting of the Council of Europe's Committee of Foreign Ministers on 6 May in Vienna.