European Liberties Platform (ELP) is an informal network of European civil liberties watchdog non–governmental organizations (NGOs). The primary focus of the Platform is to support advocacy and mobilization efforts of its partner organizations and to boost the representation of human rights interests at national and European Union (EU) levels. Liberties.eu, the network’s human rights news and e-participation website, is the cornerstone of ELP. Liberties.eu serves as the backbone of ELP’s multilingual communication service with the aim of sharing and raising awareness about human rights issues across Europe.
ELP’s membership currently includes multi–purpose civil liberties and human rights organizations from Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden and the Netherlands, and it will keep expanding with the aim to include member organizations from all the 28 member states of the EU. Liberties.eu strives to mobilize public support to revive democracies in the EU and consolidate the European human rights movement.
All content on Liberties.eu belongs to ELP partner NGOs who have the knowledge and first–hand experience with human rights issues in their countries. In line with its mission, ELP aims to empower civil liberties organizations and their supporters through the innovative use of e-participation tools. The platform serves three specific purposes. First, Liberties.eu facilitates information gathering and dissemination in a user–friendly and easily accessible way. Second, it enables critical interaction between organizations and citizens through the effective use of integrated social media (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.). Third, the platform amasses public support for national campaigns and brings together a diversity of voices from across the EU. The unprecedented feature of Liberties.eu is the availability of content in all languages of the network, timely ensured by translators and editors.
ELP was established with support from the Open Society Foundations’ European Civil Liberties Project.