European Committee of Social Rights: Greek minister attends hearing on social rights and austerity

European Committee of Social Rights 20 October 2016 Strasbourg

A public hearing of the European Committee of Social Rights today focused on how austerity in Greece has affected social rights under the guidelines of the European Social Charter. The committee granted the hearing request, which was made by the complainant organisation, the Greek General...

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Thorbjørn Jagland: “Congress' thematics are in line with the Council of Europe's priorities”

Congress of Local and Regional Authorities Session 20 October 2016 Strasbourg

“It is very important for the Council of Europe to work with the Congress which represents the grassroots level closest to the people of our member countries”, said Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland in his address to the 31st Session of the Congress on 19 October 2016. He...

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Preventing radicalisation in towns, cities and regions: the Congress consolidates its strategy

Congress of Local and Regional Authorities Session 19 October 2016 Strasbourg

The Congress committees on current affairs and governance have held joint discussions on the Congress’ strategy to prevent radicalisation in towns, cities and regions. The report and resolution presented by Josef Neumann (Germany, SOC) and Bert Bouwmeester (Netherlands, ILDG) urge the Congress...

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Gudrun Mosler-Törnström elected as first woman President of the Congress

Congress of Local and Regional Authorities Session 19 October 2016 Strasbourg

The members of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, meeting for the 31st Session in Strasbourg (France), elected Gudrun Mosler-Törnström (Austria, SOC) as President for a two-year term of office. Ms Mosler-Törnström is the first woman being elected to the...

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How to fight human trafficking: new guide for governments

Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) 18 October 2016 Strasbourg

10th European Anti-Trafficking Day, 18 October

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Why remembering the Holocaust is a human rights imperative

Commissioner of Human Rights 18 October 2016 Strasbourg

"The Shoah stands out as one of the defining moments of history that has shaped the conscience of mankind. It is unique in its roots, implementation and envisioned totality", says Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner of Human Rights, in his latest Human rights Comment published today....

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Calais camp closure

Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration and Refugees 14 October 2016 Strasbourg

There must be alternative accommodation in France and increased cooperation for the transfer of unaccompanied children to the United Kingdom

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Venice Commission: New Polish law on constitutional tribunal gives excessive power to parliament and the executive over the judiciary

Venice Commission 14 October 2016 Strasbourg

An opinion adopted today by the Council of Europe’s constitutional law experts, the Venice Commission, found that Poland’s new Act on the Constitutional Tribunal does not meet two essential standards of balance of power in government: the independence of the judiciary and the position of the...

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New tool to help governments strengthen democracy through culture

Council of Europe 14 October 2016 Strasbourg

The 47-nation Council of Europe is today launching a new statistical tool to help decision-makers see where changes in cultural policy can best help to strengthen democracy. “Experts have thought for a long time that there are strong links between people taking part in cultural activities and...

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Finland: new report on minorities

Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities 14 October 2016 Strasbourg

Efforts needed to protect Samí rights, Swedish language and combat hate speech, says a report on minorities in Finland

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Conference on Migrants, asylum seekers and refugees in the context of major risks prevention and management

Council of Europe 14 October 2016 Strasbourg

Migrants are a risk group also facing natural hazards and technological accidents. To analyse how countries deal with their vulnerabilities, the EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement of the Council of Europe will hold a conference on Migrants, asylum seekers and refugees in the context of natural and...

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Frank-Walter Steinmeier: ‘Human rights are and must remain non-negotiable’

Parliamentary Assembly Session 13 October 2016 Strasbourg

“Human rights are and must remain non-negotiable,” German Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier told parliamentarians today at PACE’s plenary session in Strasbourg. “They are not just an instrument to be used when it suits on the road to peace. They are in fact the cornerstone on which...

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Ukraine: only ‘significant progress’ by Russia can form basis for full-fledged dialogue

Parliamentary Assembly Session 12 October 2016 Strasbourg

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has said that only “significant and measurable progress” by Russia towards implementation of three recent resolutions of the Assembly can form the basis for restoration of a fully-fledged, mutually respectful dialogue. In a resolution on...

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Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu: the values of the Council of Europe should inspire further reforms in Turkey

Parliamentary Assembly session 12 October 2016 Strasbourg

“The Council of Europe has had a significant role in Turkey’s progress in the past 15 years. We will press ahead with our plans for constitutional and institutional reform and will continue to heed the Council of Europe’s recommendations,” said Mevlüt Çavusoglu, Turkey’s Minister for Foreign...

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Thomas Bach: Governments and the Olympic Movement have a common responsibility in the fight against doping

Parliamentary Assembly session 12 October 2016 Strasbourg

“Deficiencies of the World Anti-Doping Agency in the fight against doping have become apparent. It is encouraging to see that the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is now starting to address these deficiencies through the organisation of Think Tanks and other measures”, today said the President of...

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Cyprus: Secretary General Jagland on Official Visit

Secretary General 13 October 2016 Strasbourg

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland is meeting with Cypriot government officials on Friday to discuss the upcoming Cypriot chairmanship of the Council of Europe (from 22 November 2016 to 19 May 2017). The chairmanship will address several key human rights issues, from detention of irregular...

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Jürgen Ligi: the Committee of Ministers and the Assembly must work together closely

Parliamentary Assembly Session 12 October 2016 Strasbourg

Addressing the Parliamentary Assembly today, Jürgen Ligi, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Estonia, mentioned the recent events that had taken place during Estonia’s Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers, including notably the attempted coup d’état in Turkey. “It is important that the...

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Managing diversity through minority rights

Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (FCNM) 11 October 2016 Strasbourg

Council of Europe’s national minorities body launches new guidance document

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François Hollande: "We need the Council of Europe more than ever"

Parliamentary Assembly Session 11 October 2016 Strasbourg

“France stands alongside the Council of Europe and I am confident that the Council of Europe stands alongside France in all efforts to promote peace, freedom and democracy,” declared France’s President, François Hollande, addressing the Assembly today. Mr Hollande said he was a strong believer in...

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OECD calls on policy makers to adopt a broader and more inclusive approach to productivity growth

Parliamentary Assembly Session 11 October 2016 Strasbourg

The Deputy Secretary General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Mari Kiviniemi, today urged to do everything to address the “concerns of those that have suffered unemployment” by “creating more inclusive societies where the benefits of growth are more equally...

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