Portugal: progress in participation of Roma in local decision-making should be sustained

Commissioner for Human Rights 8 March 2017 Lisbon

Concrete measures to address the discrimination Roma face in Portugal and ways to foster the participation of Roma in society were at the centre of a two day visit the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks made to Lisbon and Torres Vedras on 6-7 March. “It is heartening...

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Fighting violence against women is not about “gender ideology” or breaking families

Council of Europe 8 March 2017 Strasbourg

In a statement published today, the Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO) expresses concern about misconceptions surrounding the Council of Europe’s Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic...

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Italy should improve its asylum reception-capacity, prevent human trafficking and strengthen its child-protection system

Secretary General’s Special Representative on migration and refugees 8 March 2017 Strasbourg

“Italy should improve its asylum reception-capacity and integration policies, prevent human trafficking and combat corruption in the migration-related services sector” are the main recommendations in a report published today by the Secretary General’s Special Representative on migration and...

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New report on protecting refugee children from sexual abuse

Council of Europe 6 March 2017 Strasbourg

A new report focusing on the protection of children affected by the refugee crisis from sexual exploitation and abuse was presented today. Non-comprehensive data collection, inadequate reception conditions, problems with age verification and with identification of victims are among the key...

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Press statement by Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland on the occasion of the visit of Mr Bekir Bozdağ, Minister of Justice of Turkey

Secretary General 1 March 2017 Strasbourg

"It is imperative for Turkey and Europe that the judicial safeguards for all those who have been dismissed or are in prison are based on the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and on the case law of the European Court of Human Rights. The Commission that will be set up in Turkey to go...

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National minorities: new reports on Armenia and Republic of Moldova published

Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (FCNM) 1 March 2017 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (FCNM) published today its new Opinions on Armenia and Republic of Moldova, assessing the progress over the past years and giving recommendations for the government. In Armenia, the...

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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

Commissioner Muižnieks publishes his latest Human Rights Comment

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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 February 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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