The Council of Europe
Founded in 1949 by the Treaty of London and based in Strasbourg, France, the Council of Europe is the continent’s leading human rights organisation.
It has 47 member states, 28 of which are members of the European Union. All Council of Europe member states have signed up to the European Convention on Human Rights, a treaty designed to protect human rights, democracy and the rule of law.
The Council of Europe was the first European organisation to be founded after the end of the Second World War.