First meeting of the European Social Cohesion Platform

27/06/2016 Strasbourg

The European Social Cohesion Platform holds its first meeting on 27-28 June 2016 in Strasbourg. Particular attention will be paid to social rights, as guaranteed by the European Social Charter and other relevant instruments with a special emphasis on vulnerable groups and young people. The...

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Rights, Respect, Reality: the Europe of Values in Today’s World

23/06/2016 Vienna

The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) convened a Fundamental Rights Forum under the motto "Rights, Respect, Reality: the Europe of Values in Today's World”. The Forum was organised by the FRA in co-operation with the Netherlands, the incoming Slovak and Maltese Presidencies of...

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Mauritius joins “Convention 108”

17/06/2016 Strasbourg

The Republic of Mauritius today became the second non-European state – after Uruguay in 2013 – to ratify the Convention for the protection of individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data, also known as “Convention 108”, and its Additional Protocol, taking the total number of...

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Regional workshop on the MEDICRIME Convention

15/06/2016 Tbilisi

The workshop aimed to consolidate the single points of contact structure foreseen in the Convention, by aligning the working methodology of judicial and law-enforcement authorities and linking it with the one already developed by health authorities as well as by sharing experiences in combating...

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Community Involvement in Prison and Probation Work

14/06/2016 Zaandam

The 21st Council of Europe Conference of Directors of Prison and Probation Services (CDPPS) is hosted by the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice and the Dutch Custodial Institutions Agency. It aims at bringing together high-ranking representatives of the prison and probation services of the...

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Protection and promotion of Human Rights in culturally diverse societies

13/06/2016 Strasbourg

The high-level seminar will focus on the recently adopted Council of Europe guidelines on human rights in culturally diverse societies. It will provide an opportunity to exchange views on challenging concepts, such as direct and indirect discrimination and harassment, multiple discrimination,...

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New ECHR/HELP training videos – one on asylum and the second on terrorism

13/06/2016 Strasbourg

The European Court of Human Rights and the Council of Europe’s HELP programme (Human rights Education for Legal Professionals) have released two new training videos in the pilot series COURTalks-disCOURs. The 25-minute videos, based on educational talks from lawyers at the Court, are geared to...

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HELP Trainers Conference in the Russian Federation

10/06/2016 Moscow

The Conference of HELP Trainers organised in the framework of the Project "HELP in Russia”, took place on 26-27 May 2016 in the Moscow Region of the Russian Federation. The purpose was to complete the training of participants of the First and Second Trainer-of-Trainers Seminars, which were...

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Venice Commission says Russian law on undesirable activities of foreign NGOs should be modified, and adopts final opinion on the Constitutional Court Law

10/06/2016 Venice

The Russian Federal Law on undesirable activities of foreign and international non-governmental organisations interferes with freedoms of association, assembly and expression, as well as with the right to effective remedy and other rights, and should be amended, said the Council of Europe body of...

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Surveillance powers too broad in Poland, according to Council of Europe’s Venice Commission

10/06/2016 Venice

In an opinion adopted today, the Council of Europe’s constitutional law experts – the Venice Commission – recommend introducing additional checks to surveillance powers of police and other law enforcement agencies in Poland. Many states face veritable threats from terrorism and organised crime....

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