Amnesty International-European Institutions Office
Amnesty International’s European Institutions Office in Brussels coordinates and promotes lobbying of the European institutions, aiming to ensure that the European Union (EU) and Council of Europe (CoE) put human rights at the heart of all their policies. Amnesty International‘s specialists provide comment, background and analysis on the human rights implications of EU and CoE decisions, and monitor the institutions’ performance. The European Institutions Office is at the heart of a wide-reaching advocacy network which includes the national branches of Amnesty International in EU and CoE member states and in countries which have applied to join these bodies. To ensure its independence, Amnesty International does not seek or accept money from governments or political parties for its advocacy work. The Brussels office is funded by national Amnesty International branches across Europe. The European Institutions Office is in regular contact with key EU policy-makers at the European Commission, the European Council, Permanent Representations of EU countries, and Members of the European Parliament (MEPs). In parallel with national sections across Europe lobbying their governments, the EI office engages with representatives of member states, including rotating EU presidencies, to influence EU agendas and outcomes. Similarly, at the Council of Europe, they have regular contact with policy-makers including the Commissioner for Human Rights, the Committee of Ministers, Parliamentary Assembly, and the European Court of Human Rights. The European Institutions Office works in partnership with other NGOs, and has an active media programme, issuing press releases and briefing the Brussels and Strasbourg press corps.
Advice on Individual Rights in Europe Centre
The Advice on Individual Rights in Europe Centre (AIRE) is a London-based specialist law centre whose mission is to promote awareness of European law rights and assist marginalised individuals and those in vulnerable circumstances to assert those rights. Our vision is for all people to enjoy their rights under European law. We do this by litigating and intervening in cases before the European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice of the EU; providing legal advice to other lawyers and advisers in the voluntary sector; providing legal advice to individuals directly carrying out training and drafting reports and other publications. The AIRE Centre staff lawyers have extensive practical and academic experience in dealing with issues such as, inter alia, asylum, migration, trafficking, child protection and fundamental rights. The AIRE Centre has been involved in most of the biggest European cases in the area of asylum and migration, inter alia Chahal v United Kingdom, NA v United Kingdom, MSS v Belgium and Greece, Sufi and Elmi v United Kingdom, Sharifi v Italy and Greece, Tarakhel v Switzerland and Hirsi v Italy amongst many others.