Participatory Status in the Council of Europe

PICUM was awarded participatory status with the Council of Europe and commenced this role in January 2009.

Founded in 1949, the Council of Europe seeks to develop throughout Europe common and democratic principles based on the European Convention on Human Rights and other reference texts on the protection of individuals. Approximately 400 International NGOs have enjoyed  participatory status with the Council of Europe. The Council selects NGOs which are particularly representative in the field(s) of their competence at European level, and which through their work are capable of supporting the achievement of closer European unity by contributing to the Council of Europe'sactivities and by publicising its work among European citizens.

The steering committees, committees of governmental experts and other bodies of the Committee of Ministers, may now involve PICUM in the definition of Council of Europe policies, programmes and actions relating to undocumented migrants. PICUM will also be able to maintain close co-operation with The Commmissioner for Human Rights.

Click here for more information on participatory status in the Council of Europe.

Permanent NGO member on the EU Forum on the Rights of the Child

PICUM was selected as one of ten permanent members of the EU Forum

The European Forum on the Rights of the Child is a permanent group chaired by the European Commission aiming to promote children’s rights in EU internal and external action. PICUM successfully applied for one of the ten civil society seats on the Forum and now have a mandate to participate in the Forum for three years.

This marks an important opportunity for PICUM to mainstream issues concerning the protection of undocumented children and advocate for their human rights at EU policy level.

More information on the Forum available from the European Commission:
- Press release 4 March 2008
- Press release 4 June 2007

The Theodor Heuss Medal

In 2004, PICUM was awarded the Theodor Heuss Medal by the Theodor Heuss Foundation. Established to honour examples of democratic commitment, the courage to stand up for one's beliefs, and commitment to strengthening and development of democracy, the Foundation selected PICUM for its commitment in the promotion of the right of any person to humane treatment no matter what their legal status is.

Click here to access the official press release.

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