Statement by the President of the Venice Commission on the attempted coup d'état in Turkey

19/07/2016 Strasbourg

"I strongly condemn the attempted coup d’état in Turkey; any changes in the government must follow democratic channels. Turkish media report that, since the failed coup, two judges of the Constitutional Court and five members of the High Council of Judges and Prosecutors have been arrested. More...

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"HELP in the 28" course on Data Protection and Privacy Rights launched in Italy

15/07/2016 Rome

The HELP in the 28 course on “Data Protection and Privacy Rights” was launched in Rome on 13 July 2016 in collaboration with the Italian Bar Council (Consiglio Nazionale Forense - CNF). The course will be followed by 26 lawyers and 5 officials from the Italian Data Protection Agency. Most of the...

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Secretary General Jagland condemns the horrific terrorist attack in Nice

15/07/2016 Strasbourg

“On 14 July, the day when France and the world celebrate the birth of the French Republic, when the call to ‘liberté, égalité, fraternité’ rings in the hearts of all democrats, the host nation of the Council of Europe has been the scene of another murderous attack. Our Organisation stands...

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Workshops on PTSD and SUD prevention in Ukraine


More than 40 NGO leaders, local government representatives, psychologists and psychiatrists deepened their knowledge of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Substance Use Disorder (SUD) treatment and strengthened their working relationships during two training workshops organised by the...

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GRECO calls on San Marino to ratify the Criminal Law Convention on Corruption and to upgrade political financing law

12/07/2016 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) underlines the need for San Marino to ratify the Criminal Law Convention on Corruption and its Additional Protocol and to fully incorporate them into national law, in particular by criminalising private sector corruption and...

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The Anti-torture Committee held its 90th plenary meeting

12/07/2016 Strasbourg

The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) held its 90th plenary meeting from 4 to 8 July 2016 in Strasbourg. During this meeting, it adopted the reports on its periodic visits to France (November 2015), Germany (November/December...

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Trauma and anxiety: early warning signals for addictions

08/07/2016 Kyiv

"We need to work closely with the Pompidou Group to tackle psycho-trauma, PTSD and Substance Use Disorders (SUDs) among Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)" said Vadim Chernush, Minister of Temporarily Occupied Territories and IDPs during a round table organised by the Pompidou Group - the...

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Launch of the free 'HELP in the 28' course "Labour Rights as Human Rights"

08/07/2016 Strasbourg

In times of economic recession, the creation of jobs as well as the protection of labour rights is of utmost importance. A better understanding of the human rights’ dimension of labour rights by legal professionals is needed. The ‘HELP in the 28’ course on “Labour Rights” covers in an...

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Council of Europe calls on the Republic of Moldova to improve anti-corruption measures in respect of MPs, judges and prosecutors

05/07/2016 Strasbourg

In a report published today, the Council of Europe’s anti-corruption body (GRECO) calls on the Republic of Moldova to improve and to ensure the effective implementation of anti-corruption legislation in respect of parliamentarians, judges and prosecutors. GRECO identifies as key problems the...

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Presentation of Pro Merito award to Jean-Philippe Walter

30/06/2016 Strasbourg

Philippe Boillat, Director General of Human Rights and Rule of Law presented the Chair of the Consultative Committee of the Data Protection Convention and Swiss representative in that Committee, Jean-Philippe Walter, with a Pro Merito medal, in recognition of his efforts to promote the Convention...

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