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Council of Europe

The Council of Europe (CoE) was founded in 1949 and has currently 47 Member States. It is one of the leading human rights organisations of the continent, with the principal aim to develop common and democratic principles, and to protect human rights, democracy and the rule of law – based on the European Convention on Human Rights and other reference texts.

Over the years, the CoE has produced more than 200 conventions and several bilateral agreements on diverse topics. The Budapest Convention on Cybercrime is the most significant CoE initiative within the domain of cyber security, as it was the first of its kind in attempting to harmonise cybercrime legislation. The Convention serves as a guideline for countries developing their own comprehensive national cybercrime legislation and proposes a framework for international cooperation between State Parties to this treaty. The Convention is supplemented by a Protocol on Xenophobia and Racism committed through computer systems. Currently, the Convention has been signed by 53 countries and ratified by 44,1 including several countries outside the European region. In addition, the CoE offers guidance in interpreting the Convention and various capacity-building programmes.

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