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New reports by anti-racism commission on Andorra, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iceland and Luxembourg

European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) 28 February 2017 Strasbourg

The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) has published today four country reports on Andorra, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iceland and Luxembourg, analysing recent developments and making recommendations to the authorities. The respective governments’ comments were also published....

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Secretary General Jagland in Geneva for Human Rights Council and high-level meetings

Secretary General 27 February 2017 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland is addressing the Human Rights Council of the United Nations on 28 February during a two-day working visit to Geneva (27-28 February). Meetings are scheduled with: António Guterres, United Nations Secretary General Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, UN...

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Strengthened social rights needed to face frustration in Europe: Cyprus conference

Deputy Secretary General 24 February 2017 Nicosia

Why are millions of Europeans willing to support nationalist, xenophobic and anti-democratic forces, sending shockwaves through our political systems,” asked Council of Europe Deputy Secretary General Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, in her opening speech to a conference on social rights in Europe....

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Secretary General welcomes the Russian Supreme Court’s decision to release Ildar Dadin

Secretary General 22 February 2017 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the 47-nation Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, today made the following statement in reaction to the Russian Supreme Court judgment concerning Ildar Dadin: “I welcome the decision from the Russian Supreme Court to overturn the guilty verdict against opposition...

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Protect journalists – Rory Peck Trust and the International News Safety Institute join Council of Europe platform

Council of Europe 21 February 2017 Strasbourg

The Platform to promote the protection of journalism and safety of journalists, through which media freedom organisations and associations of journalists inform the Council of Europe and disseminate information on alleged violations of media freedom has two new partners – The Rory Peck Trust and...

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Access to registered same-sex partnerships: it’s a question of equality

Commissioner for Human Rights 21 February 2017 Strasbourg

“There is a growing trend in Europe and beyond towards granting same-sex couples legal recognition for their relationships, which confers certain specific protections. The first country to provide “registered partnerships” was Denmark in 1989, while The Netherlands was first to adopt same-sex...

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Pontifical Academy of Sciences Summit highlights role of CoE Convention against Trafficking in Human Organs

European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines & HealthCare 17 February 2017 Vatican City State

The Council of Europe’s EDQM has participated last week in the Summit on Organ Trafficking and Transplant Tourism organised by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences of the Vatican State to raise awareness on organ trafficking and human trafficking for the purpose of organ removal. On the occasion,...

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Team from National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy” wins 2017 edition of the European Human Rights Moot Court Competition

European Moot Court Competition in English on the European Convention on Human Rights 16 February 2017 Strasbourg

Students from the National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy” (Ukraine) were declared winners of the fifth edition of the European Moot Court Competition in English on the European Convention on Human Rights, after beating a team from the Sofia University (Bulgaria) in the final round. The team...

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Live debate on populism with Jan-Werner Müller

Council of Europe 16 February 2017 Strasbourg

Professor of Politics at Princeton University and leading expert on populism, Jan-Werner Müller, is taking part in a lecture-debate at the Council of Europe on Friday 17 February: « How Populism endangers Democracy – and how to fight it ». Follow it live on our Facebook page and on this website...

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Urgent measures are needed to restore freedom of expression in Turkey

Commissioner for Human Rights 15 February 2017 Strasbourg

“The space for democratic debate in Turkey has shrunk alarmingly following increased judicial harassment of large strata of society, including journalists, members of parliament, academics and ordinary citizens, and government action which has reduced pluralism and led to self-censorhip. This...

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Meeting of the Congress Monitoring Committee in Athens

Congress of Local and Regional Authorities 13 January 2017 Strasbourg

The members of the Monitoring Committee of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe will meet in Athens on 16 February 2017. Georges Patoulis, President of the Central Union of Municipalities of Greece (KEDE), and Michalis Angelopoulos, Vice-President of the...

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Austria should improve integrity rules in parliament and independence of the judiciary: anti-corruption report

Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) 13 February 2017 Strasbourg

In spite of commendable progress that Austria has made in recent years in domestic anti-corruption policies, those for parliamentarians are still at an early stage. Rules are needed to manage conflicts of interest when they arise and a code of conduct should be put in place to improve poor public...

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Kosovo*: High time to restore social cohesion and safeguard media freedom

Commissioner for Human Rights 9 February 2017 Pristina

“Many victims of the 1998-1999 war in Kosovo*, in particular displaced persons, families of missing persons and victims of wartime sexual violence, are still trying to re-build their lives, find out the truth about their loved ones and access justice. The on-going political deliberations have...

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New search engine to follow the execution of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights

European Court of Human Rights 3 February 2017 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s Department for the Execution of Judgments launched a new search engine which aims to improve the visibility and transparency of the process of execution of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights: HUDOC-EXEC This new search engine (based on the existing HUDOC-ECHR...

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Challenges to gender equality and women’s rights continue to thrive in Europe

Council of Europe 2 February 2017 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe has just published the 2016 annual report on the implementation of its 2014-2017 Gender Equality Strategy by its member states which looks at how existing challenges to women’s rights are being addressed. Among the challenges identified in the report is the critical...

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Decentralisation in Ukraine: political settlement needed for building lasting peace, says Secretary General

Secretary General 2 February 2017 Strasbourg

Ukraine urgently needs an inclusive and sustainable political settlement on which lasting peace can be built, and decentralisation remains a major part of it, said Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland today in Strasbourg. Speaking at the event “Decentralisation in Ukraine:...

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Deputy Secretary General in Lucca for protection of cultural property through criminal law

Deputy Secretary General 2 February 2017 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Deputy Secretary General Gabriella Battaini Dragoni will participate in an international seminar on “A New Perspective on the Protection of Cultural Property through Criminal Law”, which will take place on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th of February in Lucca, Italy (Complesso di San...

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Ukraine: Statement of the Secretary General on the worsening humanitarian situation in Donbas

Secretary General 31 January 2017 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland made the following statement today: “I am deeply concerned by news from Donbas and reports of heavy fighting, resulting in the loss of lives and a worsening humanitarian situation affecting many civilians including children. We are particularly concerned about...

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High time for states to invest in alternatives to migrant detention

Commissioner for Human Rights 31 January 2017 Strasbourg

“The use of migrant detention across Europe, whether for the purpose of stopping asylum seekers and other migrants entering a country or for removing them, has long been a serious human rights concern.” says Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, in his latest Human...

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Anti-trafficking experts urge Italy to better protect unaccompanied children

Group of experts against human trafficking (GRETA) 30 January 2017 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe Group of experts against human trafficking (GRETA) has published today a report on the implementation of the Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings by Italy. The report assesses the specific situation of forced returns of victims of trafficking from Italy...

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