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Secretary General meets Deputy Prime Minister of Moldova

Secretary General 15 April 2024 Strasbourg

Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić has met the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Moldova, Mihai Popșoi. The meeting focused on the follow-up to the Reykjavik Summit, including the Register of Damage, and the organisation’s forthcoming 75th...

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Spring session of Conference of INGOs: results

Conference of INGOs (CINGO) 12 April 2024 Strasbourg

An exchange with the new Commissioner for Human Rights, Mr Michael O’Flaherty (link to speech) pledging to prioritise the defence of civil society, as well as the end of mandate activity report presented by the President were the highlights of the first part of the Spring session of the...

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Armenia: Council of Europe launches package of measures in response to refugee influx

Council of Europe 12 April 2024 Armenia

The Council of Europe has launched a €2.8 million comprehensive response package to the refugee influx in Armenia. It includes four new initiatives and incorporated additional components into two ongoing projects. “The response package aims at protecting the human rights of refugees, resilience...

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Annual report on the implementation of ECHR rulings: Significant progress, but important challenges remain

Committee of Ministers 11 April 2024 Strasbourg

The latest annual report from the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers highlights significant progress on implementing rulings from the European Court of Human Rights in 2023, whilst underlining that several important challenges remain. According to the report, the Committee of Ministers...

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Strengthening a youth perspective within the Council of Europe: Congress Secretary General meets youth representatives

Congress 11 April 2024 Strasbourg

“Many young people are still not able to contribute meaningfully to political debates or can only do so under agendas that they have not shaped themselves”, stressed Congress Secretary General Mathieu Mori, praising in this regard the important work done by the Joint Council on Youth to overcome...

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Parliamentary Assembly spring session

Parliamentary Assembly 10 april 2024 strasbourg

A debate on the application by Kosovo* for membership of the Council of Europe, and vote on a draft opinion, will be one of the highlights of the spring session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), taking place in Strasbourg from 15-19 April. There will also be a joint...

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Preventing corruption in France: progress report on central government and law enforcement agencies

Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) 10 april 2024 strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s anti-corruption body (GRECO) has just published a report evaluating the measures taken by the French authorities to implement the recommendations from 2019 on preventing corruption and promoting integrity in central government (top executive functions) and law enforcement...

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Three climate change rulings from the European Court of Human Rights

European Court of Human Rights 9 aPril 2024 Strasbourg

The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights has today issued three separate rulings on cases related to climate change. In the case of Verein KlimaSeniorinnen Schweiz and Others v. Switzerland, the Court found violations of Article 8 (right to respect for private and family life) and...

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Deputy Secretary General visits Republic of Moldova

Deputy Secretary General 9 April 2024 Republic of Moldova

During his two-day visit to the Republic of Moldova, Deputy Secretary General Bjørn Berge has expressed his support for the authorities’ efforts to strengthen healthcare for prisoners, and promote gender equality and action to combat violence against women. He also held a series of meetings with...

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Launch of “Journalists Matter” campaign in Ukraine

Council of Europe 9 April 2024 Strasbourg

The Ukrainian national chapter of the Council of Europe “Journalists Matter” Campaign for the Safety of Journalists is being launched in Kyiv on 9 April during the roundtable “Safety of journalists and other media actors in Ukraine in the context of martial law”. The event is organised by the...

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Secretary General makes official visit to Armenia

Secretary General 8 april 2024 Yerevan

Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić has met Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs Ararat Mirzoyan, and President of the National Assembly Alen Simonyan during an official visit to Armenia. During her meetings, the Secretary General discussed the follow-up to the...

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International Roma Day: Congress supports Roma rights

Congress 8 April 2024 strasbourg

As the world marks International Roma Day on 8 April 2024, Gudrun Mosler-Törnström (Austria, R, SOC/G/PD), Standing Rapporteur on Human Rights for the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, reaffirms the Congress’ commitment to protecting the rights of Roma...

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Award for Innovative School Projects in History Education

Council of Europe 5 April 2024 Strasbourg

The HISTOLAB Award for Innovative School Projects in History Education goes to eight schools from France, Ireland, Serbia, Spain and Türkiye and one transnational project. The Award was presented to students and teachers from the winning schools during the HISTOLAB European Innovation Days in...

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New Recommendation on equality for Roma and Traveller* women and girls

Committee of Ministers 5 April 2024 Strasbourg

Ahead of International Roma Day, the Committee of Ministers has adopted a Recommendation to the 46 Council of Europe member states to ensure equality for Roma and Traveller women and girls and address the specific vulnerabilities they face. International Roma Day is a moment for us to celebrate...

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We cannot truly support Roma and Traveller communities without empowering women and girls

Secretary General 5 April 2024 Strasbourg

Statement by Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić

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SLAPPS: abusive lawsuits aimed at silencing journalists must be stopped

Committee of Ministers 5 April 2024 vaduz

Alarmed by the chilling effect that abusive lawsuits have on freedom of expression and public participation, the Committee of Ministers has issued a Recommendation to its 46 member states aimed at countering the use of strategic lawsuits against public participation (SLAPPs), often used against...

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New Toolkit to debunk fake news in history classes

Council of Europe 2 april 2024 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe and the European Union have developed a new tool to prepare young people to evaluate content online and in the media, to identify historical distortions, and to think critically about the content they encounter. The “Toolkit for History Classes: Debunking Fake News and...

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Secretary General delivers keynote speech at the Conference of Participants of the Register of Damage for Ukraine in The Hague

Secretary General 2 april 2024 The Hague

“The world has just marked two years since the liberation of Irpin and Bucha, where terrible crimes were committed against civilians. This tragic milestone is a further reminder of what is at stake and how important it is that we do everything we can to support Ukraine and its people as the...

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Council of Europe Congress: Local elections in Türkiye overall well organised and respecting the will of the voters

congress of local and regional authorities 1 april 2024 strasbourg

Despite certain deficiencies observed in the electoral campaign, local elections in Türkiye were overall well organised and respected the will of the people – these were the preliminary findings of the election observation mission of the Council of Europe Congress of Local and Regional...

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