New reports on racism and discrimination in Ukraine, Montenegro and Slovenia

European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) 19 September 2017 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s anti-discrimination commission, European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) has published today new reports on Ukraine, Montenegro, as well as conclusions on Slovenia. In Ukraine, the ECRI commended new legal provisions to combat discrimination, progress in...

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Implementing European Court of Human Rights judgments

Committee of Ministers 18 September 2017 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers will hold its quarterly meeting to oversee member states’ execution of judgments from the European Court of Human Rights from 19 to 21 September. An indicative list of cases to be examined was published at the end of the last meeting in June....

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New legal tool on electronic evidence: Council of Europe welcomes civil society opinion

Council of Europe 18 September 2017 Strasbourg

In a “Global Civil Submission” handed to the Council of Europe today, European Digital Rights (EDRI), an association defending rights and freedoms online, has provided an opinion from civil society worldwide on the proposed protocol to the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime. Alexander Seger, the...

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International Day of Democracy 2017

Secretary General 14 September 2017 Strasbourg

Statement from Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland

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Committee of Ministers calls for effectively preventing and combating female genital mutilation and forced marriage

Committee of Ministers 13 September 2017 Strasbourg

The Committee of Ministers today called on member states to step up efforts to prevent and combat female genital mutilation and forced marriage across Europe, as it adopted a guide on good practices. Female genital mutilation and forced marriage violate fundamental rights enshrined in the...

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School segregation still deprives many children of quality education

Commissioner for Human Rights 12 September 2017 Strasbourg

“The right to education is a fundamental human right. Yet, many European countries still deny thousands of children, including children with disabilities, Roma children and refugee or migrant children, equal access to it by keeping them in segregated schools. This is a violation of children’s...

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Council of Europe experts discuss freedom of expression and terrorism with the Turkish authorities

Council of Europe 8 September 2017 Strasbourg

On 7 and 8 September 2017, the working group between the Council of Europe and the Turkish Ministry of Justice met in Ankara to discuss issues relating to freedom of expression and the fight against terrorism in Turkey. The Council of Europe experts also held exchanges with members of the...

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European Heritage Days 2017

Council of Europe 8 September 2017 Strasbourg

Celebrating the intrinsic relationship between people and nature

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Anti-Torture Committee examines conditions in police stations, prisons and psychiatric establishments in Italy

Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) 8 September 2017 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) has published today a report on its periodic visit to Italy (see also the executive summary), together with the Italian Government’s response. The CPT notes the broad reform...

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Respecting fundamental rights, security forces and fight against terrorism

Council of Europe 7 September 2017 Strasbourg

Conference held by Council of Europe and French Defender of Rights

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Council of Europe joins forces with International Peace Institute

Council of Europe 5 September 2017 Salzburg

The Council of Europe and the International Peace Institute (IPI) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together on building peace and democracy. Director General of Democracy Snežana Samardžić-Marković signed on behalf of the Council of Europe at the IPI’s Salzburg Forum “Mapping of...

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ECHR: monitoring an employee’s electronic communications amounted to a breach of his right to private life

European Court of Human Rights 5 September 2017 Strasbourg

The European Court of Human Rights has held that there was a violation of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (right to respect for private and family life, the home and correspondence) in the case of Bărbulescu v. Romania. The case concerned the decision of a private company to...

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Revision of the Constitution of Georgia

European Commission for Democracy through Law 1 September 2017 Strasbourg

Statement by Venice Commission President Gianni Buquicchio

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Meeting of Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland with the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron

Secretary General 31 August 2017 Paris

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland and President Emmanuel Macron met today at the Elysée Palace to discuss current developments in Europe and issues of common interest. The President and the Secretary General underline the excellent cooperation between the host nation France and the...

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The long march against homophobia and transphobia

Commissioner for Human Rights 31 August 2017 Strasbourg

“Summer is the time of Pride marches. The numerous marches in Europe are a testament to the ground-breaking progress toward acceptance of the equal rights of lesbians, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons”, says Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights,...

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Secretary General Jagland meets President Macron at the Elysée on 31 August

Secretary General 30 August 2017 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, will meet the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Thursday. Topics of discussion include: The important role of France as host nation of the Council of Europe and European Court of Human Rights; European...

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Statement on the arrest of Mehman Aliyev in Azerbaijan

Secretary General 25 August 2017 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, has today made the following statement in response to the arrest of journalist Mehman Aliyev: “I have been informed that Mehman Aliyev, a prominent journalist and editor-in-chief of the renowned news agency Turan, was detained...

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Terrorist attacks in Spain

Committee of Ministers 18 August 2017 Strasbourg

Statement by Lubomír Zaorálek, Chair of the Committee of Ministers and Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic

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Violence in Barcelona is an attack on Europe’s freedom and democracy

Secretary General 18 August 2017 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland today issued the following statement, “Innocent people – children, adults, residents and visitors to one of Europe’s most attractive touristic cities have been hit by cowardly acts of violence. I strongly condemn the heinous terrorist attacks in Barcelona. The...

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Hungarian higher education law: requirements for already operating universities “highly problematic” say Venice Commission experts

Venice Commission 11 August 2017 Strasbourg

In a preliminary opinion issued today, the Council of Europe’s legal experts of the Venice Commission note that in general the regulations of Hungary’s higher education law are in line with usual European practice but criticise that many requirements of the law are overly stringent or even...

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