Anti-torture committee

Anti-torture committee targets ill-treatment, overcrowding and healthcare standards in Georgia’s prisons

30/07/2013

The Council of Europe's anti-torture committee, the CPT, has published recommendations following a visit it made to Georgia in November 2012. The visit followed the broadcast by several TV stations in September 2012 of videos allegedly showing severe abuse of detainees at Gldani prison in...

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Secretary General

Jagland on European Action Day for Victims of Hate Crime: “22 July cannot be forgotten”

22/07/2013 Strasbourg

"22nd of July is a painful day of memory for Norway and for all of Europe. This day cannot be forgotten", underlined Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, on the commemoration of Oslo and Utøya attacks in 2011. The date marks European Action Day for Victims of Hate Crime...

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Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment

Anti-torture committee targets ill-treatment in detention in Slovenia and “return flights” of foreign nationals from the UK

19/07/2013 Strasbourg

In separate reports, the Council of Europe's anti-torture committee, the CPT has published recommendations following visits made in 2012 to the United Kingdom and to Slovenia. The visit to the UK examined treatment of foreign nationals during a removal operation by air to Sri Lanka and the...

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Group of States against Corruption

Anti-corruption body praises integrity policy implemented by judges and prosecutors in Netherlands

18/07/2013 Strasbourg

In a report published today, the Council of Europe anti-Corruption Group (GRECO) found that the Dutch system for the prevention of corruption in respect of Members of Parliament, judges and prosecutors was fairly effective. Relying to a large degree on mutual trust, openness and public scrutiny,...

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Venice Commission

Legal experts praise Tunisia’s final draft constitution, but highlight possible ‘tensions’ between civil state and religion

18/07/2013 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe's constitutional legal experts, the Venice Commission, today praised efforts made by the Tunisian people to draft a new constitution based on ‘universal principles of democracy and human rights'. The final draft constitution reflects a ‘semi-presidential' system of...

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Council of Europe

Chechen Republic and Council of Europe focus on young people

17/07/2013

What is the current situation of young people in the Northern Caucasus and, in particular, in the Chechen Republic of the Russian Federation? What are the challenges young people in the North Caucasus face to enjoying their cultural, social and civil rights? How to get young people from the...

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Commissioner for Human Rights

Russian legislation and practice on NGOs should be revised

15/07/2013 Strasbourg

"The legislation regulating NGOs activities in Russia is complex and the excessive discretion in applying it may impede the legitimate exercise of two fundamental human rights, such as freedom of expression and association. Law and practice should be simplified and brought in line with the...

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European Court of Human Rights

Human Rights Court looks into criminal proceedings against former Ukrainian Prime Minister Tymoshenko

15/07/2013 Strasbourg

The European Court of Human Rights has communicated to the Ukrainian Government the second application Tymoshenko v. Ukraine and requested it to submit its observations on the complaints. The case is the application brought by the former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yuliya Tymoshenko, and imainly...

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Secretary General

Secretary General asks Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg to support no hate speech movement

12/07/2013 Strasbourg

In his letter – below – Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland asks for Mr. Zuckerberg's support to fight hate speech against Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who survived a gunshot by the Taliban and is still facing threats against her life. She marks her 16th birthday today by delivering...

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Commissioner for Human Rights

Srebrenica genocide: victims still await justice

11/07/2013 Srebrenica

"Eighteen years ago, around 8 000 people were executed in and around Srebrenica, while about 30 000 women, children and elderly were forcibly displaced. Victims and their relatives are still haunted by this act of genocide, as well as by the slow pace of accountability and truth-seeking. We...

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President of the Parliamentary Assembly

Parliamentary Assembly President makes visit to Bulgaria

11/07/2013 Strasbourg

Jean-Claude Mignon, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), will make a visit to Bulgaria from 10 to 11 July, during which he will meet the highest state representatives, in particular the President of the Republic, the Prime Minister, the Speaker of the National...

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European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI)

Racism and intolerance: Council of Europe reports on Finland, Portugal and San Marino

09/07/2013 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe's anti-racism body, ECRI, has expressed concerns about the situation of several vulnerable groups in Finland, legislation on citizenship and the absence of comprehensive laws to fight discrimination in San Marino, and about the length of racial discrimination complaints...

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Commissioner for Human Rights

Turkey: police violence must not go unpunished

08/07/2013 Strasbourg

"All instances of excessive use of force by the police must be fully investigated and adequately punished" said Nils Muižnieks, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights at the end of a five day visit to Istanbul and Ankara, during which he discussed the Gezi Park events and other human...

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Secretary General

Secretary General Jagland welcomes amendments to the law on so-called “foreign agents” in Russia

05/07/2013 Strasbourg

"I welcome the intention of President Putin, as expressed in a meeting yesterday with prominent Russian human right defenders, to amend the so-called law on "Foreign agents" in order to better define the political activities of NGOs. This development is clearly a step in the right direction....

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Council of Europe

2013 World Forum for Democracy

04/07/2013 Strasbourg

Is democracy in crisis? Judging by the sometimes record levels of voter abstention, public distrust of leaders – fed by increasing numbers of corruption scandals – and the rise in anti-system parties, the gap between institutions and the public is widening. Traditional modes of public...

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Anti-Corruption Group (GRECO)

Council of Europe expects further progress on corruption prevention in Luxembourg

01/07/2013 Strasbourg

In a report published today, the Council of Europe Anti-Corruption Group (GRECO) welcomes the progressive introduction of rules of conduct concerning the integrity of Members of Parliament, judges and prosecutors. It stresses, however, that much remains to be done to ensure the consistency and...

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Parliamentary Assembly

Najat Vallaud-Belkacem: tackling discrimination based on sexual orientation at all ages and all levels

27/06/2013 Strasbourg

"Wherever laws prevent LGBT people from marching for their rights or teachers from explaining to a young gay man or woman that he or she is as good as the next person, wherever two men or two women cannot kiss in public without putting themselves at risk, human rights take a backward step,"...

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Parliamentary Assembly

Parliamentary Assembly deplores ‘recent cases of excessive use of force’ against demonstrators

27/06/2013 Strasbourg

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has deplored "recent cases of excessive use of force to disperse demonstrators" and reiterated its call on authorities to ensure that police action, where necessary, remains proportionate. Following an urgent debate on "Popular protest...

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MONEYVAL

MONEYVAL Committee urges European governments to improve the implementation of anti-money laundering measures

26/06/2013 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe's anti-money laundering body (MONEYVAL) today called on European governments to improve the implementation of measures for fighting money laundering and terrorist financing in the legal, financial and law enforcement fields. In its annual report, published today, MONEYVAL...

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Parliamentary Assembly

Karim Ghellab: Morocco is “committed to promote and defend human rights”

26/06/2013 Strasbourg

Karim Ghellab, President of Morocco's Assembly of Representatives, told members of the Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly that Morocco is ‘committed to human rights', including ‘the principle of equality between men and women' and the balance of power in government. In his address late...

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