For a Strong and Effective
Council of Europe

CURE – Campaign to Uphold Rights in Europe is an initiative of leading civil society organisations from across the European continent that was launched on 26 January 2022 in Strasbourg.

We share a firm belief in the founding idea of the Council of Europe and the value therein: the Council as a guardian and promoter of a pan-European legal framework in human rights, democracy and rule of law, and as a pioneer in developing international norms and standards.

We are committed to make the Council of Europe even stronger and the voice of civil society prominently heard.

CURE sets out to provide expertise and advocate for

additional occasions and spaces for European civil society

a better implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights and reaction to persistent violations of Council of Europe norms and standards

working on specific themes on which key European Court of Human Rights judgements are being neglected

elaborating on cases Council of Europe bodies’ expert conclusions are not followed up by the Committee of Ministers or the member states

stronger repercussions against member states which systematically fail to abide by their Council of Europe obligations

proposals to speed up and strengthen Council of Europe reaction to anti-democratic trends in Europe

a better employment of Council of Europe standards and monitoring findings in regular processes of decision-making by national governments and in situations of unclear or disputed authority