About us

ACCESS – the Advocacy Centre on Council of Europe Standards, is a non-governmental organisation based out of Strasbourg, committed to promoting and protecting human rights in Europe. Our mission is to facilitate the access of national civil society organisations to…

Our Vision and Mission

We believe that sustained provision of expertise and information to the Council of Europe (CoE) and the amplification of the voice of the field-based NGOs is critical to positively impacting the work and the efficiency of the monitoring bodies of…


ACCESS is currently focusing its activities on the following areas:  Social rights of persons with disabilities (Armenia) ACCESS and its partner Pyunic (the Armenian association for the disabled) have designed a project to improve the protection of social rights of persons…


ACCESS’ opinion piece on the decriminalisation of domestic violence in Russia

Russia has decriminalised domestic violence. This means one step towards “traditional values” and two steps back from international human rights standards.

International Round Table in Kiev on “The issues of human rights protection of internally displaced persons, and interests of citizens or state on the temporarily occupied territories and in the area of Anti-Terrorist Operation”

27 October 2016, Kyiv, Ukraine – Costas Paraskeva, ACCESS expert on the ECHR, gave a presentation a presentation on the restitution of property of Internally Displaced Persons at the International Round Table in Kiev.

Publication of the baseline analysis “Enhancing the National Legal Framework in Ukraine for Protecting the Human Rights of IDPs”

This study was prepared by the Council of Europe international and national experts; the analysis of Council of Europe standards was drafted by Barbara McCallin as well as researchers and experts from the Advocacy Centre on Council of Europe Standards (ACCESS).