Senator appointed Rapporteur on Co-operation Between Human Rights Institutions and Parliaments


Senator Katherine Zappone was appointed Rapporteur on Improving Co-operation Between National Human Rights Institutions and Parliaments by the Council of Europe Committee on Equality and Non- Discrimination. The text of the motion below sets out a description of the report Senator Zappone will work on in her role as Rapporteur.


Improving co-operation between National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) and Parliaments in addressing Equality and Non-Discrimination Issues Motion for a resolution tabled by Ms Katherine Zappone and other members of the Assembly

Discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, race, ethnic origin, national origin and religion or belief continues to be widespread across Europe. By working together on these issues, parliaments and national human rights and equality bodies can act as a central force in combatting discrimination. This is a particularly appropriate moment for consideration as to how engagement between parliaments and National Human Rights Institutions can promote greater equality and lessen discrimination, given that a number of member States have, or plan to integrate the functions of their national equality body and human rights institution (including Ireland, Belgium, France, Denmark, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom). In addition, the adoption in February 2012 of the Belgrade Principles set a benchmark for the improved interaction between parliaments and NHRIs. In its Resolution 1910 (2012), originating from the Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination, the Parliamentary Assembly recognised “non-governmental organisations (NGOs) as the natural allies of parliaments in the performance of their function of oversight, prevention and awareness raising” in combating intolerance, racism and xenophobia. NHRIs equally are key partners in this fight.

NHRIs established under the United Nations Paris Principles have a key role to play in monitoring equality and non-discrimination, including through legislative review, awareness raising and monitoring member States’ compliance with their international human rights obligations. Already, NHRIs are undertaking a wide range of activities in this area, from training civil and public servants to recommending changes in legislation and policy. The Assembly should conduct an in-depth analysis of the relationship between NHRIs and parliaments on equality and non-discrimination issues in member States, and formulate appropriate recommendations with a view to promoting greater interaction between parliaments and NHRIs in promoting equality and combatting discrimination across Europe.


ZAPPONE Katherine, Ireland, NR
AL-ASTAL Najat, Palestine
ÇAVUŞOĞLU Mevlüt, Turkey, EDG
CLUNE Deirdre, Ireland, EPP/CD
DÍAZ TEJERA Arcadio, Spain, SOC
HANCOCK Mike, United Kingdom, ALDE
IWIŃSKI Tadeusz, Poland, SOC
KALMÁR Ferenc, Hungary, EPP/CD
LEYDEN Terry, Ireland, ALDE
McNAMARA Michael, Ireland, SOC
MENDES BOTA José, Portugal, EPP/CD
NICHOLSON Emma, United Kingdom, ALDE
O'REILLY Joseph, Ireland, EPP/CD
PHELAN John Paul, Ireland, EPP/CD
REILLY Kathryn, Ireland, UEL
REPS Mailis, Estonia, ALDE
SAÏDI Fatiha, Belgium, SOC
SAKOVSKIS Aleksandrs, Latvia, SOC
STRIK Tineke, Netherlands, SOC
VORUZ Eric, Switzerland, SOC

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