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European justice ministers back new action plan for implementing human rights judgments
[27/03/2015] Following on from the conferences held in Interlaken (2010), Izmir (2011) and Brighton (2012), the Belgian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers has organised in Brussels, on 26 and 27 March 2015, a high-level conference entitled Implementation of the European Convention, our shared responsibility.
At this conference, the 47 member states of the Council of Europe have reaffirmed their support for the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and given their backing to a series of measures to improve the implementation of judgments from the Strasbourg court.
Government representatives unanimously adopted the Brussels Declaration, together with an accompanying action plan (more ).
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1223rd meeting of the Ministers' Deputies (18-19 March 2015)
[19/03/2015] At their meeting this week, the Ministers' Deputies held a thematic debate on "Council of Europe action against extremism and radicalisation leading to terrorism", which will be an important item at the next Ministerial Session (Brussels, 19 May 2015).
They also had an exchange of views with Professor Giuseppe Palmisano, President of the European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR), the mission of which is to assess that States party are in conformity in law and in practice with the provisions of the European Social Charter.
The agenda of the meeting and the decisions adopted by the Committee of Ministers are available in the meeting file.

Execution of European Court of Human Rights judgments
Committee of Ministers publishes final versions of decisions and resolutions adopted at first special "human rights" meeting for 2015

[16/03/2015] The Committee of Ministers has made public the final versions of decisions and resolutions adopted at its first special "human rights" meeting for 2015 (11-12 March) during which it has examined the state of implementation of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights.
Interim Resolutions have been adopted in the following cases: Ilgar Mammadov v. Azerbaijan; Khashiyev and Akayeva v. the Russian Federation; Catan and others v. the Russian Federation.
The list of cases subjected to a more detailed examination is presented on the website of the Department for the Execution of Judgments of the European Court of Human Rights.
The texts adopted concern Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, the Russian Federation, Serbia and Slovenia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Kingdom (more...).

1221st meeting of the Ministers' Deputies (4 March 2015)
[04/03/2015] At their meeting on 4 March, the Ministers' Deputies adopted a statement condemning the murder of the former Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Boris Nemtsov, on 27 February in Moscow. They called for a prompt, impartial and transparent investigation into the circumstances of this murder so that those responsible are rapidly brought to justice.
Referring to the statement of 27  February by the Chairman of the Committee of Ministers, Mr Didier Reynders, concerning Ms Nadia Savchenko, the Deputies expressed their concern about the rapidly deteriorating health situation of the latter. They called upon the Russian authorities to consider the medical safety of Ms Savchenko as an absolute priority and to release her without delay on humanitarian grounds (more ...).

Didier Reynders calls on Russia to release Nadia Savchenko and other Ukrainian citizens
[27/02/2015] The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is concerned about Nadia Savchenko, who started a hunger strike eleven weeks ago to protest against her detention in Russia. The health of Mrs. Savchenko is rapidly deteriorating. Just like any other person under the jurisdiction of a member state of the Council of Europe, Mrs Savchenko should benefit from the guarantees offered by the relevant instruments of the Council of Europe, in particular the European Convention on Human Rights. Abduction, illegal transfer and illegal detention of persons are unacceptable (more ...).
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1220th meeting of the Ministers' Deputies (18 February 2015)
[18/02/2015] At their meeting on 18 February, the Ministers' Deputies adopted a declaration condemning the deadly attacks which took place on 14 February against a cultural centre and a synagogue in Copenhagen. The Deputies reiterated their determination to combat such acts and to vigorously continue the action initiated in recent weeks to strengthen the fight against extremism and radicalisation leading to terrorism. They paid tribute to the victims, extended their condolences to their families and expressed solidarity with the Danish Government and people.
The Ministers' Deputies also adopted a declaration welcoming the announcement by the newly elected Governor Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania of a moratorium on the death penalty, whilst taking note of the temporary nature of this measure (more ...).

1219th meeting of the Ministers' Deputies (11-12 February 2015)
[11/02/2015] At their meeting on 11 and 12 February, the Ministers' Deputies:
- endorsed proposals by the Secretary General on immediate action by the Council of Europe to combat radicalisation leading to terrorism and invited the Secretary General to implement them and to report back in due time on their results;
- adopted a recommendation on preventing and resolving disputes on child relocation
- held an exchange of views with Mr Lətif Hseynov, President of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT), on the 24th general report on the activities of the CPT
- held an exchange of views with Mr Dean Spielmann, President of the European Court of Human Rights, in particular on the 2014 report of the Court on the follow-up to the Interlaken Process (more ...)

Council of Europe condemns recent executions in the United States
1218th meeting of the Ministers' Deputies (4 February 2015)
[04/02/2015] At their meeting on 4 February, the Ministers' Deputies adopted a declaration condemning the recent executions in the United States of Mr Warren Lee Hill and Mr Robert Ladd, both of whom suffered from intellectual disability. They also expressed concerns over the painful means of execution which were used and the lack of transparency regarding their origin. They reiterated their appeal to the US, which has observer status at the Council of Europe, to introduce a moratorium on the death penalty as a first step towards abolition (more ...).
Parliamentary Assembly's Winter session: Address by the Chairman of the Committee of Ministers
Didier Reynders: "Proper tools to defend our societies against radicalism and terrorism"
[26/01/2015] "The Committee of Ministers has decided to step up its action to promote tolerance and to fight against radicalisation leading to terrorism", highlighted Didier Reynders, Chairperson of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, while addressing the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.
The Minister for Foreign and European Affairs of Belgium underlined the relevance of a direct security threat to societies, emphasising the importance of the Convention on the Prevention on Terrorism with legally binding measures to deal with the menace of returning foreign terrorist fighters (more ...).

1217th meeting of the Ministers' Deputies (21 January 2015)
[21/01/2015] The 1217th meeting of the Ministers' Deputies focussed on the Council of Europe action against radicalisation leading to terrorism, following the terrorist attacks in Paris two weeks ago. The Deputies took several decisions on this subject, including the preparation of a draft Additional Protocol to the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism, and agreed that the next Ministerial Session should give due prominence to the question of the fight against extremism and radicalisation leading to terrorism (more ...).
Je suis CharlieDeclaration by the Committee of Ministers on the recent attacks in Paris
1216th meeting of the Ministers' Deputies (14 January 2015)
[14/01/2015] At their meeting on 14 January, the Committee of Ministers adopted a declaration in which they condemned in the strongest terms the massacre at the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo and the antisemitic killings at a kosher grocery store in Paris last week. The Committee paid tribute to the victims, extended its condolences to their families and proclaimed its solidarity with the French Government and people (more ...).
Terrorist attack against 'Charlie Hebdo' magazine
Declaration by Mr Didier Reynders, Minister for Foreign and European Affairs of Belgium, Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe
[07/01/2015] "I am deeply shocked by the horrendous attack committed this morning in Paris against 'Charlie Hebdo' magazine. On behalf of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, I extend my condolences to all the victims families and express my solidarity and my full support towards the French authorities and people."
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