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Ireland should remove obstacles to the equality of Travellers, women and children

Commissioner for Human Rights 29 March 2017 Strasbourg

“The Irish government should ensure that the economic upturn benefits the most vulnerable groups and should promote equality of Travellers, women and children by removing the barriers that disproportionately hinder them from fully enjoying their rights”, said the Council of Europe Commissioner...

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Migration: Congress adopts report on the role of local authorities in reception and integration

Session of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities 28 March 2017 Strasbourg

Local authorities are in the front line when it comes to dealing with the increase in the number of migrants and refugees arriving in Europe and must have adequate resources to meet these needs. That was the conclusion reached by Congress members at their 32nd session in Strasbourg on 28 March...

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G7-Culture Florence: Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland to present forthcoming Blood Antiquities Convention

Secretary General 29 March 2017 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland will take part on 30-31 March in Florence (Italy) in the G7 Ministerial meeting on Culture: Culture as a tool for dialogue among peoples. The G7-Culture will focus on the protection of cultural heritage, fight against traffic of artistic and historic items and...

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Gudrun Mosler-Törnström : « Local and regional authorities are essential to the democratic stability of Europe”

Session of the Congress of local and regional authorities 28 March 2017 Strasbourg

In her communication at the opening of the 32nd Session of the Congress of local and regional authorities (Strasbourg, 28-30 March 2017), President Gudrun Mosler-Törnström recalled that “local and regional authorities are responsible for carrying out a considerable share of public action in...

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Europe for Roma empowerment: Taking stock and looking forward

Council of Europe 28 March 2017 Brussels

Senior figures from the 47-nation Council of Europe (CoE) and the 28-member European Union (EU) are among those taking part in a conference in Brussels on 28 March looking at joint efforts to promote Roma participation and empowerment across Europe. Participants including EU First Vice-President...

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Launching of Morocco’s participation in the CEPEJ evaluation cycles

European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice 27 March 2017 Strasbourg

The Minister of Justice and Liberties of Morocco, El Mostafa Ramid, chaired the launching event of Morocco’s participation in the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) evaluation cycles on 27 March 2017. On this occasion, the President of the working group on evaluation of...

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Russia: Secretary General Jagland concerned about freedom of expression and freedom of assembly after mass detentions at demonstrations

Secretary General 27 March 2017 Strasbourg

The detention of hundreds of citizens, including opposition leader Alexey Navalny while exercising their right to freedom of expression and to peaceful assembly raises issues under the European Convention on Human Rights. I am particularly concerned about the reported detention of minors. I call...

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32nd Session of the Congress to focus on migration, citizen participation and local and regional democracy in Europe

Congress of Local and Regional Authorities 27 March 2017 Strasbourg

The 32nd Session of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities will take place in Strasbourg from 28 to 30 March and will include several debates focusing on the role of local authorities facing migration, the reception of unaccompanied child migrants and border regions facing migration...

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Rights of people with disabitlies in Europe: a new strategy based on ability rather than disability

Council of Europe 27 March 2017 Nicosia

The Council of Europe launched today its new Disability Strategy 2017-2023 at a two-day conference in Nicosia (Cyprus) to support its 47 member states in making human rights a reality for all. The strategy focuses on five rights-based priority areas which are anchored in the European Convention...

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Council of Europe calls on Hungary to reconsider new law that risks exposing migrant children to sexual exploitation

Council of Europe 24 March 2017 Strasbourg

In a letter to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, published today, Claude Janizzi, the Chairperson of the Council of Europe Lanzarote Committee expressed his concern that the adopted law – “On the amendment of certain acts related to increasing the strictness of procedures carried out in the...

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Conference on Strasbourg Court´s case law on freedom of expression

Council of Europe 24 March 2017 Strasbourg

A conference to discuss the case law of the European Court of Human Rights on media freedom and freedom of expression is bringing together in Strasbourg today judges and lawyers of the European Court of Human Rights, media lawyers, academics, policymakers, journalists, media professionals and...

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New standards on community sanctions and preventing radicalisation in prisons and probation

Council of Europe 24 March 2017 Strasbourg

The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe has adopted this week a Recommendation to governments containing the European rules on community sanctions and measures. The new rules aim to strike a balance between protection of society and improving the social reintegration of offenders....

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Slovenia: More should be done to ensure that Roma, migrants and those in poverty are not left behind

Commissioner for Human Rights 23 March 2017 Strasbourg

During his visit in Slovenia from 20 to 23 March, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks, examined the situation of Roma, migrants and asylum seekers and of the increasing number of people living in poverty in the country. He stressed the centrality of human rights to...

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Committee of Ministers´ recommendation calls for strong regulations on lobbying

Committee of Ministers 23 March 2017 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe has called on its 47 member states to ensure that they have in force a strong legal framework promoting transparency of lobbying activities. In a Recommendation, the Committee of Ministers – the executive body of the organisation – recognises that lobbying can make a...

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Terrorist attack in London

Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers 23 March 2017 Strasbourg

Statement by Ioannis Kasoulides, Chair of the Committee of Ministers and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Cyprus

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Trafficking in human beings: Latvia should improve the identification, protection and compensation of victims

Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings 23 March 2017 Strasbourg

In a report published today, the Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) considers that Latvia has strengthened its legislation but asks the authorities to improve the identification, protection and compensation of victims of trafficking. From...

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London attack: statement by Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland

Secretary General 22 March 2017 Strasbourg

Reacting to the events in London this afternoon, the Secretary General of the 47-nation Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, said: “I am very alarmed by the events in Westminster this afternoon, which appear to have resulted in a number of casualties. Our thoughts are with all those hurt or...

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SRSG identifies main challenges for migrant and refugee children in Europe

Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration and Refugees 22 March 2017 Strasbourg

The Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration and Refugees (SRSG), Tomáš Boček publishes a Thematic Report on migrant and refugee children. The report, based on his on-the-ground experience gathered during the fact-finding missions in 2016*, calls for urgent measures to find...

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Rights of people with disabilities in Europe: a new strategy based on ability rather than disability

Council of Europe 22 March 2017 Strasbourg

There are 80 million persons in Europe who live with a disability and many of them continue to be victims of discrimination or abuse. In response, the Council of Europe will be launching its new Disability Strategy 2017-2023 at a conference in Nicosia (Cyprus) on 27 and 28 March. “Our focus must...

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Cyprus Chairmanship Conference in Nicosia: 'Securing Democracy through Education'

Council of Europe 21 March 2017 Strasbourg

Education to fight violent extremism and radicalisation leading to terrorism. Education to build Inclusive Societies, valuing diversity and dialogue. Education to create a provision for refugees, from short term solutions to long term integration. These major challenges that Education systems are...

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