Counter-terrorism operations in the South East of Turkey caused widespread human rights violations

Commissioner for Human Rights 2 December 2016 Strasbourg

“Numerous human rights of a very large civilian population in South-Eastern Turkey have been violated as a result of curfews imposed and anti-terrorism operations conducted there since August 2015. I call on Turkey to stop using curfews in such a manner, investigate all allegations of human...

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Under-representation of women in political life undermines democratic processes in the Eastern Partnership countries: new study

Council of Europe 2 December 2016 Kyiv / Strasbourg

Democracy should apply to all women and men equally, concluded participants at an international conference that took place in Kyiv on 1 December, where a new regional study on the situation in Eastern Partnership countries was presented. The event focused on women’s political representation in...

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International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Secretary General 1 December 2016 Strasbourg

In the run-up to the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (3 December), the head of the 47-nation Council of Europe has called on European governments to draw on the newly-adopted Disability Strategy (2017-2023) to make human rights a reality for all. Secretary General Jagland said:...

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Mexico to join the Council of Europe’s drug policy platform The Pompidou Group

The Pompidou Group 30 November 2016 Strasbourg

Mexico will become the 39th member of the Council of Europe’s drug policy cooperation platform The Pompidou Group, it was announced today by the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers. Earlier this month in Venice, Ambassador Santiago Oñate Laborde of Mexico presented Mexico’s drug policies...

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Council of Europe at the 2016 Internet Governance Forum

Internet Governance Forum 30 November 2016 Strasbourg

The protection of privacy and personal data continue to face unprecedented threats – linked to mass surveillance and other risks. Cybercrime is increasing as the internet and communication technology develop across borders. International co-operation and the effective implementation of legally...

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Hungary should make money-laundering fight a greater priority

MONEYVAL 30 November 2016 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing body (MONEYVAL) in its report published today, welcomes that the number of investigations and prosecutions for money laundering in Hungary are on the rise. However, it considers that the fight against money laundering...

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Budapest ministerial sports conference

Council of Europe 29 November 2016 Budapest

Council of Europe and WADA sign partnership agreement

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Ministerial sports conference in Budapest: a unified approach to integrity in sport

Deputy Secretary General 29 November 2016 Budapest

Speaking at the opening of the conference, the Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, stressed the need for a unified approach to integrity in sport to address challenges: “there will be no progress on match-fixing unless governments agree to, and...

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Ireland: advance equality of Travellers and women

Commissioner for Human Rights 25 November 2016 Dublin

“I am deeply concerned at the persisting social exclusion and discrimination Travellers are confronted with in Ireland”, said the Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks today, concluding a three-day visit to the country. With Travellers having been affected in a gravely...

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End violence against women: 25 November

Council of Europe 25 November 2016 Strasbourg

25 November : International campaign for the elimination of violence against women. The Human Rights Channel website includes an “Actions” page which asks you to share this message on the web and on social media. >Help us to help them!

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New opinion on the role of court presidents

Council of Europe 24 November 2016 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s Consultative Council of European Judges (CCJE) adopted an opinion on the role of court presidents. In this Opinion, the CCJE clarifies the role of court presidents concerning the representation of the court, relations within the court with other judges, and presidents’...

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Refugees speak out at Lisbon Forum, amid calls to improve coordination of humanitarian aid

Council of Europe 24 November 2016 Lisbon

Refugees from Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria explained their experiences at this year’s Lisbon Forum, as calls were made to improve coordination to assist them as humanitarian crises continue. Adam, a 26-year-old Syrian student in Portugal, explained how programmes like the Global Platform for...

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Celebrating 10 years of stronger Council of Europe/EU relations

Council of Europe 23 November 2016 Strasbourg

Secretary General Jagland and the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, are launching a series of initiatives to mark the 10th anniversary of the 2007 Memorandum of Understanding between the Council of Europe and the European Union. In the presence...

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Committee of Ministers: Estonia hands over chairmanship to Cyprus

Committee of Ministers 22 November 2016 Strasbourg

The Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe today passed from Estonia to Cyprus, at a meeting at the Organisation's Strasbourg headquarters, attended by representatives of its 47 member States. Before handing over the chairmanship to his successor, the outgoing Chair,...

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Doping, match-fixing and good governance on the agenda of Sport Ministers conference in Hungary

Council of Europe 22 November 2016 Strasbourg

European Sport Ministers will meet on Tuesday 29 November in Budapest (Hungary) at a conference organised by the Council of Europe under its Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS), aimed at more effectively combating doping, promoting implementation of the Convention on match-fixing and...

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Armenia: positive developments for life prisoners, problems with prison conditions

Council of Europe anti-torture Committee (CPT) 22 November 2016 Strasbourg

In its new report on Armenia published today, the Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) noted positive developments in the treatment of life-sentenced prisoners, but pointed out remaining problems with ill-treatment in the police custody, understaffing and lack of...

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Russian Federation: The Group of States against Corruption publishes its Second Compliance Report

Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) 21 November 2016 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s anti-corruption group (GRECO) today made public its Second Compliance Report on the Russian Federation concerning incriminations (criminalisation of corruption) and transparency of party funding. GRECO concludes that the Russian Federation has now implemented...

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Deputy Secretary General at WADA meeting in Glasgow

Deputy Secretary General 20 November 2016 Glasgow, United Kingdom

Council of Europe Deputy Secretary General Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni participated today, as one of the European representatives, to the Foundation Board of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Prior to this meeting, public authorities' officials met in London, at the invitation of the Council of...

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Azerbaijan: Statement by Secretary General Jagland on the decision of the Supreme Court today rejecting the appeal by Ilgar Mammadov

Secretary General 18 November 2016 Strasbourg

“Today, Azerbaijan’s highest court has failed to uphold the country’s legal obligation to execute the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights. The severity of this development for Azerbaijan as a member of the Council of Europe cannot be underestimated. Azerbaijan’s flagrant disrespect of...

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Intolerable detention conditions during Belgian prison strike says Council of Europe’s anti-torture committee

Council of Europe anti-torture Committee (CPT) 18 November 2016 Strasbourg

In its report published today, the Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) has described the disturbing situation it found during its visit in May 2016 to Huy, Ittre and Jamioulx prisons, as well as in the social defence...

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