President Raimondi presents the European Court of Human Rights’ results for 2016

European Court for Human Rights 26 January 2017 Strasbourg

Speaking at the annual press conference of the European Court of Human Rights on 26 January 2017, President Raimondi took stock of the year 2016 and reported that the volume of incoming cases, after falling over the previous two years, had considerably increased. This had largely been the result...

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Assembly rapporteur’s visit to Rome focuses on “Youth against corruption”

Parliamentary Assembly 26 January 2017 Strasbourg

Eleonora Cimbro (Italy, SOC), rapporteur for the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), will conduct a fact-finding visit to Rome on 1-2 February, in the context of the preparation of her report on “Youth against corruption”. This visit aims to examine, in particular, the role...

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European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR) publishes its annual conclusions for 2016

European Committee of Social Rights 25 January 2017 Strasbourg

European Committee of Social Rights finds 166 violations related to employment, training and equal opportunities in 34 countries in 2016

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Klaus Werner Iohannis: "Euro-phobia is not just against the values of the EU, but those of the CoE too"

Parliamentary Assembly Session 25 January 2017 Strasbourg

“One of the main challenges we all face in Europe is, unfortunately, the rise of populism, radicalism, xenophobia and Europhobia. Europhobia is not just against the values of the European Union. It is also very much against the fundamental values, principles and norms of the Council of Europe,”...

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Committee of Social Rights publishes its Conclusions 2016: Live webcast of the press conference on 25 January

European Committee of Social Rights 25 January 2017 Strasbourg

The European Committee of Social Rights will make public its Conclusions 2016 on state compliance with the European Social Charter as regards to rights related to employment, training and equal opportunities. The publication of the Committee’s conclusions and findings will be marked by a press...

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Media freedom under serious threat in many European countries

Parliamentary Assembly Session 24 January 2017 Strasbourg

PACE has expressed its concern at the many cases of serious threats to media freedom in Europe listed by the Platform to promote the protection of journalism and safety of journalists, set up by the Council of Europe in 2015. A resolution adopted today by the Assembly, on the basis of a report by...

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Secretary General addresses PACE: tackling the challenges of populism, fake news, terrorism and migration; the situation in Turkey

Secretary General 24 January 2017 Strasbourg

Addressing the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland attributed the rise of populism in Europe and elsewhere to a widespread loss of faith in democratic institutions. He said the solution was to find answers to the everyday problems faced by...

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Nicos Anastasiades expresses his determination to resolve the Cyprus problem

Parliamentary Assembly Session 24 January 2017 Strasbourg

A resolution of the Cyprus problem on the basis of the values of the Council of Europe, respecting liberties and human rights, is a sine qua non condition for stengthening democratic security in Europe and the south-eastern Mediterranean region, said Nicos Anastasiades, President of Cyprus,...

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Commemoration events for victims of the Holocaust

Secretary General 24 January 2017 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland today opened a series of ceremonies to mark the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust. In front of the commemorative stone on the forecourt of the Palais de l’Europe, addresses and wreath-laying were also made by Nicos...

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EU and Council of Europe should combine strengths in a ‘strategic partnership', said Commissioner Hahn

Parliamentary Assembly Session 24 January 2017 Strasbourg

The EU’s Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn has hailed the Council of Europe’s role as a “moral compass”, and called for the Council of Europe and the EU to combine their strengths in a strategic partnership to boost their shared values in a time of change. Addressing parliamentarians in...

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Ioannis Kasoulides: Cypriot chairmanship to focus on strengthening democratic security in Europe

Parliamentary Assembly Session 23 January 2017 Strasbourg

“The main theme we have chosen for our chairmanship is the strengthening of democratic security in Europe,” said Ioannis Kasoulides, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Cyprus and Chair of the Committee of Ministers, addressing the Assembly today. Given the series of recent terrorist attacks, he...

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Monitoring visit by the Congress to Switzerland

Congress of Local and Regional Authorities 20 January 2017 Strasbourg

A delegation from the Congress will carry out a monitoring visit to Switzerland from 23 to 25 January 2017. The delegation will examine the situation on local and regional democracy in the light of the provisions of the European Charter of Local Self-Government, ratified by the country in 2005....

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Monaco must consolidate the progress achieved in protecting the rights of children, people with disabilities and LGBTI persons

Commissioner for Human Rights 20 January 2017 Strasbourg

“Monaco has made significant progress in recent years in the protection of human rights. However, this progress must be consolidated by further improving protection of the rights of the most vulnerable, such as children, people with disabilities and LGBTI persons, and by strengthening the...

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Secretary General’s Opinion on the European Pillar of Social Rights

Secretary General 20 January 2017 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland has published today his Opinion on the European Union initiative to establish a European Pillar of Social Rights. In his letter to the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, Council of Europe Secretary General highlighted the fact that this...

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Italy: GRECO calls for reinforced measures to prevent conflicts of interest in Parliament and the judiciary

Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) 19 January 2017 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) has published today its Fourth Round Evaluation Report on Italy. It focuses on the prevention of corruption amongst members of parliament, judges and prosecutors. GRECO praised Italy for the measures taken in recent years to...

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United States encouraged to enhance measures to prevent conflicts of interest in respect of Members of Congress, judges and prosecutors

Council of Europe 17 January 2017 Strasbourg

In a report published today, the Council of Europe's Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) acknowledges that the United States has in place a solid legal, ethical and institutional framework to prevent and fight corruption in respect of Members of Congress, judges and prosecutors....

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Georgia should continue reforms to prevent corruption among parliamentarians, judges and prosecutors, says new report

Council of Europe 17 January 2017 Strasbourg

In a report published today, the Council of Europe's anti-corruption body, Group of States against Corruption (GRECO), acknowledged considerable progress in reducing corruption in Georgia and improving the country’s standing in international indices, and called on the Georgian authorities to...

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Slovenia: Parliament must ensure that legislative reform on migrants complies with human rights obligations

Commissioner for Human Rights 17 January 2017 Strasbourg

“Slovenian parliamentarians should reject amendments to the Aliens Act that are contrary to international human rights and refugee protection standards by which Slovenia is bound”, said today Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, while releasing a letter addressed to...

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Václav Havel Human Rights Prize 2017: call for nominations

Parliamentary Assembly 16 January 2017 Strasbourg

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), in partnership with the Vaclav Havel Library and the Charta 77 Foundation, has today issued a call for nominations for the 2017 Václav Havel Human Rights Prize. The Prize, created in 2013, aims to reward outstanding civil society action...

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Russia: decriminalising domestic violence would be a clear sign of regression, says Secretary General Jagland

Secretary General 16 January 2017 Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland sent a letter today to the Chairpersons of the State Duma and the Federation Council of the Russian Federation expressing his deep concern at the legislation which, if adopted, would decriminalize domestic violence in Russia. “I call upon you...

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