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Definition of the Council of Europe from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

the Council of Europe

 
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an organization that aims to protect human rights and encourage European countries to work together in areas such as culture, education, sport, health, crime and the environment. It is based in Strasbourg, France, and has 47 European countries as its members, 28 of which are members of the European Union. It is responsible for the European Court of Human Rights.