New factsheets on the supervision of execution of Strasbourg Court judgments

Department for the Execution of Judgments 13 April 2017 Strasbourg

In order to improve the transparency of the execution process of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights, the Department for the Execution of Judgments of the Council of Europe has published country factsheets. The factsheets present an overview of the main issues revealed by judgments...

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Justice, social cohesion and media freedom remain top challenges in Kosovo*

Commissioner for Human Rights 10 April 2017 Strasbourg

Human Rights Commissioner Nils Muižnieks releases a Memorandum following his mission to Kosovo from 5 to 9 February

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Terrorist attack in Stockholm

Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers 10 April 2017 Strasbourg

Statement from Ioannis Kasoulides, Chairman of the Committee of Ministers and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Cyprus

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Stockholm attack

Secretary General 7 April 2017 Strasbourg

In a first reaction to the Stockholm truck attack today Secretary General Jagland said: “I am shocked by the sad news from Stockholm. It looks like another attack on our common values and freedoms, another attack on a vibrant European city. My thoughts go to Sweden and the people of Stockholm.”

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Anti-torture Committee: urgent action is required in prisons and police establishments in France

Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) 7 April 2017 Strasbourg

In a report published today on its most recent visit to France (15-27 November 2015), the Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) calls on the French authorities to take urgent measures to address the problem of prison...

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Regional and minority languages: evolution over 20 years

Council of Europe 6 April 2017 Brussels

The impact of rapid technological developments, such as the expansion of the Internet and social media, on the way regional and minority language media work in Europe, as well as other new challenges they bring in the context of the European Charter for Regional and Minority Languages is the...

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Venice Commission international conference in Bucharest: “Interaction between political majority and opposition in a democracy”

Venice Commission 6 April 2017 Bucharest

What are the main responsibilities and rights of the majority and of the opposition? What are the main obstacles to a positive and meaningful interaction majority - opposition? The European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission), in co-operation with the Presidential...

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Saint-Petersburg metro attack: Secretary General conveys message of solidarity to Russian people

Secretary General 4 April 2017 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, sent a letter to the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, today, following deadly attacks in the Saint-Petersburg metro on 3 April. "I was shocked and greatly saddened by the news of the deadly attack perpetrated...

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Secretary General meets Danish Foreign Minister

Secretary General 4 April 2017 Strasbourg

Secretary General Jagland today met Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen, ahead of the Danish Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers. Topics of discussion included the threat of terrorism and the attack in St Petersburg, the situation in Turkey and the debate about the European Convention on...

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The Shrinking Space for Human Rights Organisations

Commissioner for Human Rights 4 April 2017 Strasbourg

“In recent years I have noticed a clear trend of backsliding in several European countries in the area of freedom of association, particularly in respect of human rights organisations and defenders.” says Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, in his latest Human Rights...

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Attack in Saint Petersburg’s underground

Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers 4 April 2017 Strasbourg

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

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Debate on Democratic Security, with Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger

Council of Europe 30 March 2017 Strasbourg

Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger, Chairman of the Munich Security Conference, introduces the tenth debate on Democratic Security which is addressing the protection of democracy in the digital age. For Amb. Ischinger, the development of new information and communication technologies is radically...

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Regional and Local Representatives reaffirmed their commitment to the fight against anti-Gypsyism

Session of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities 29 March 2017 Strasbourg

Today, in the framework of the debate on the fight against anti-Gypsyism, the Congress for Local and Regional Authorities adopted a Declaration of Mayors and Elected Local and Regional Representatives of Council of Europe Member States against anti-Gypsyism. The declaration was presented by John...

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Trafficking of children: experts highlight widespread problems

Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) 30 March 2017 Strasbourg

In its latest annual report, published today, the Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA), has highlighted important shortcomings in a number of European countries related to the trafficking of children. The report shows that 4,361 children were...

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Congress adopts report on the situation of mayors in Turkey

Congress 29 March 2017 Strasbourg

On 29 March 2017, the Congress adopted a recommendation and resolution on the situation of mayors and councillors in Turkey, and, in particular, on the detention of elected mayors and their replacement by mayors appointed by the central authorities. The co-rapporteurs Anders Knape (Sweden,...

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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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