Council of Europe – UPSC Prelims

  • It is European continent’s leading human rights organisation whose stated aim is to uphold human rights, democracy and the rule of law in Europe.
  • The organisation is separate from European Union (EU).
  • It was established in 1949 with Headquarters in Strasbourg, France.
  • Objective: to achieve a greater unity between its members countries for purpose of safeguarding and realising ideals and principles which are their common heritage and also to facilitate their economic and social progress.
  • Members: It includes 47 member states (including 27 members of European Union).
  • The Council of Europe is the United Nations Observer.

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