International conference on links between organised crime and terrorism

Council of Europe 21 September 2017 Málaga

The Council of Europe, with the support of the City and the University of Málaga, is organising an international conference in Málaga (Spain) on 21 and 22 of September aimed at improving international co-operation to better address the interaction between transnational organised crime and...

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Age assessment of young migrants: child’s best interests must be safeguarded, invasive methods avoided

Council of Europe 20 September 2017 Strasbourg

A new report “Age assessment: Council of Europe member states’ policies, procedures and practices respectful of children’s rights in the context of migration” has been issued today. This report, prepared by an independent expert, is based on a survey conducted in 37 Council of Europe member...

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Human trafficking: Ireland urged to improve the identification and protection of victims

Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) 20 September 2017 Strasbourg

European anti-trafficking experts have urged the Irish authorities to improve the identification of human trafficking victims and to review the policy of housing presumed victims in accommodation centres for asylum seekers as a matter of priority. These are among the main recommendations in the...

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Anti-torture committee: New report on Slovenia

Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) 20 September 2017 Strasbourg

Overcrowding in prisons decreased, climate improved, but reservations exist about aliens legislation and means of restraint for psychiatric patients

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New reports on racism and discrimination in Ukraine, Montenegro and Slovenia

European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) 19 September 2017 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s anti-discrimination commission, European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) has published today new reports on Ukraine, Montenegro, as well as conclusions on Slovenia. In Ukraine, the ECRI commended new legal provisions to combat discrimination, progress in...

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Implementing European Court of Human Rights judgments

Committee of Ministers 18 September 2017 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers will hold its quarterly meeting to oversee member states’ execution of judgments from the European Court of Human Rights from 19 to 21 September. An indicative list of cases to be examined was published at the end of the last meeting in June....

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New legal tool on electronic evidence: Council of Europe welcomes civil society opinion

Council of Europe 18 September 2017 Strasbourg

In a “Global Civil Submission” handed to the Council of Europe today, European Digital Rights (EDRI), an association defending rights and freedoms online, has provided an opinion from civil society worldwide on the proposed protocol to the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime. Alexander Seger, the...

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International Day of Democracy 2017

Secretary General 14 September 2017 Strasbourg

Statement from Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland

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Committee of Ministers calls for effectively preventing and combating female genital mutilation and forced marriage

Committee of Ministers 13 September 2017 Strasbourg

The Committee of Ministers today called on member states to step up efforts to prevent and combat female genital mutilation and forced marriage across Europe, as it adopted a guide on good practices. Female genital mutilation and forced marriage violate fundamental rights enshrined in the...

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School segregation still deprives many children of quality education

Commissioner for Human Rights 12 September 2017 Strasbourg

“The right to education is a fundamental human right. Yet, many European countries still deny thousands of children, including children with disabilities, Roma children and refugee or migrant children, equal access to it by keeping them in segregated schools. This is a violation of children’s...

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Council of Europe experts discuss freedom of expression and terrorism with the Turkish authorities

Council of Europe 8 September 2017 Strasbourg

On 7 and 8 September 2017, the working group between the Council of Europe and the Turkish Ministry of Justice met in Ankara to discuss issues relating to freedom of expression and the fight against terrorism in Turkey. The Council of Europe experts also held exchanges with members of the...

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European Heritage Days 2017

Council of Europe 8 September 2017 Strasbourg

Celebrating the intrinsic relationship between people and nature

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Anti-Torture Committee examines conditions in police stations, prisons and psychiatric establishments in Italy

Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) 8 September 2017 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) has published today a report on its periodic visit to Italy (see also the executive summary), together with the Italian Government’s response. The CPT notes the broad reform...

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Respecting fundamental rights, security forces and fight against terrorism

Council of Europe 7 September 2017 Strasbourg

Conference held by Council of Europe and French Defender of Rights

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Council of Europe joins forces with International Peace Institute

Council of Europe 5 September 2017 Salzburg

The Council of Europe and the International Peace Institute (IPI) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together on building peace and democracy. Director General of Democracy Snežana Samardžić-Marković signed on behalf of the Council of Europe at the IPI’s Salzburg Forum “Mapping of...

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ECHR: monitoring an employee’s electronic communications amounted to a breach of his right to private life

European Court of Human Rights 5 September 2017 Strasbourg

The European Court of Human Rights has held that there was a violation of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (right to respect for private and family life, the home and correspondence) in the case of Bărbulescu v. Romania. The case concerned the decision of a private company to...

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Revision of the Constitution of Georgia

European Commission for Democracy through Law 1 September 2017 Strasbourg

Statement by Venice Commission President Gianni Buquicchio

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Meeting of Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland with the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron

Secretary General 31 August 2017 Paris

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland and President Emmanuel Macron met today at the Elysée Palace to discuss current developments in Europe and issues of common interest. The President and the Secretary General underline the excellent cooperation between the host nation France and the...

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The long march against homophobia and transphobia

Commissioner for Human Rights 31 August 2017 Strasbourg

“Summer is the time of Pride marches. The numerous marches in Europe are a testament to the ground-breaking progress toward acceptance of the equal rights of lesbians, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons”, says Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights,...

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Secretary General Jagland meets President Macron at the Elysée on 31 August

Secretary General 30 August 2017 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, will meet the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Thursday. Topics of discussion include: The important role of France as host nation of the Council of Europe and European Court of Human Rights; European...

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