The Secretary General of the Council of Europe Marija Pejčinović Burić (Photo: HRT) The Secretary General of the Council of Europe Marija Pejčinović Burić (Photo: HRT)

This is the highest position that a Croatian politician has held in an international organization to date.

Marija Pejčinović Burić is assuming her duties as Secretary General of the Council of Europe, the top European organization for protection of human rights, at the same time the city of Strasbourg is marking the organization's 70th anniversary with a ceremonial commemoration at the city hall.

Namely 70 years ago the organization began working at the Strasbourg city hall with its first ministers' meeting.

“This is a historical coincidence in a way, the 70th anniversary and the second time that a woman is arriving to a head management position in the Council of Europe. That is why we will have a ceremony at the city hall, with the departing Secretary General and the new Secretary General. The first meeting of the minister's council and permanent representatives will be marked, which the new Secretary General will hold on every Wednesday, and the first one happened on today's date 70 years ago,” said the Council of Europe Director for Communications Daniel Holtgen.

From 10 countries at the time, the Council of Europe now gathers 47 countries. 830 million people from Lisbon to Vladivostok have the right to seek legal protection from the European Court of Human Rights if they believe that their fundamental human rights have been threatened in their country. Rulings by the court in Strasbourg are binding for member states.

This is only one of the achievements of this organization that was founded in a Europe destructed by war, in order to strengthen democracy and the rule of law on the European continent.

Source: HRT