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Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO)

New group to monitor violence against women

5 May 2015 Strasbourg
An important step was taken to deter violence against women yesterday, when the Council of Europe named 10 members to a new monitoring group that will enforce the organisation’s unique convention...
Commissioner for Human Rights

Inclusive education vital for social cohesion in diverse societies

5 May 2015 Strasbourg
“Public debates on the need to ensure more inclusive education for children and young adults who face social exclusion in diverse societies have recently rekindled in Europe. Evidence shows that in...
Council of Europe

Emerging Technologies and Human Rights: what are the challenges?

4 May 2015 Strasbourg
Emerging technologies (such as nanotechnology, information technology and cognitive technologies) and their convergence have opened new perspectives for progress in particular for human health. But...
European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI)

Combating racial discrimination and intolerance in Finland

4 May 2015 Satrsbourg
The Council of Europe’s anti-racism commission to hold an event in Helsinki
Council of Europe

World Press Freedom Day, 3 May

30 April 2015 Strasbourg
Secretary General calls on European states to protect journalists
International Advisory Panel (IAP)

Investigation of the Odesa tragedy

30 April 2015 Strasbourg
International Advisory Panel updates on its review work
Committee of Ministers

Decision on Abolition of the Death Penalty

29 April 2015 Strasbourg
Committee of Ministers reaffirms unequivocal opposition to the death penalty
Secretary General

Secretary General cites judicial weaknesses and media freedom as top human rights concerns

29 April 2015 Strasbourg
Europe’s democratic shortcomings are bigger, deeper and geographically more widespread than previously understood according to the latest overview of human rights, democracy and the rule of law in...
Group of States against Corruption (GRECO)

GRECO report on Cyprus

29 April 2015 Strasbourg
Council of Europe anti-corruption group regrets slow progress in Cyprus over transparency of party financing and incriminations
Anti-torture Committee (CPT)

Ukraine Anti-torture Report

29 April 2015 Strasbourg
Authorities take action to combat ill-treatment and intimidation in colonies
Secretary General

Secretary General condemns executions in Indonesia

28 April 2015 Strasbourg
The head of Europe's 47-nation human rights organisation has condemned eight executions in Indonesia. "The death penalty is a terrible injustice which can never be put right," said Council of...
Secretary General

Secretary General Jagland in Sarajevo

27 April 2015 Sarajevo
Thorbjørn Jagland is visiting Sarajevo for meetings with the Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denis Zvizdić. Secretary General Jagland will also meet Minister of...
Secretary General

Victims and survivors of Holocaust honored at concentration camp in France

26 April 2015 Struthof
Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland joined European leaders at a commemoration ceremony on the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the only Nazi concentration camp that was located in France....
Council of Europe

6th Conference of Ministers Responsible for Cultural Heritage

24 April 2015 Namur (Belgium)
Cultural Heritage in the 21st century for living better together: a common strategy for Europe
Parliamentary Assembly Session

FIFA should hold new vote on 2022 World Cup bid, says PACE

23 April 2015 Strasbourg
The decision to assign the 2022 World Cup to Qatar was so “radically flawed” by illegal payments that FIFA should hold a new vote under cleaned-up procedures, according to the Parliamentary...
Parliamentary Assembly Session

Nils Muižnieks: 2014 was a bad year for human rights in Europe

23 April 2015 Strasbourg
“Last year thousands of people died who should not have died, primarily in the Mediterranean Sea and in eastern Ukraine. They should not have died in a Europe that prides itself on being a space...
Parliamentary Assembly Session

Migratory flows in the Mediterranean: the EU should “carry out an urgent and concerted action”

23 April 2015 Strasbourg
The Assembly today called on the member States of the EU to adopt a comprehensive approach to deal with mixed migratory flows across the Mediterranean, with a view “to carrying out an urgent and...
Parliamentary Assembly Session

Didier Reynders: The cradle of our civilisation must not become the grave of those aspiring to be part of it

22 April 2015 Strasbourg
“It is totally contrary to our vision and our values that the cradle of our civilisation should become the grave of those aspiring to be part of it”, said Didier Reynders, Chairman of the Committee...
Parliamentary Assembly Session

Procedures 'based on self-determination' for changing gender on ID documents

22 April 2015 Strasbourg
Transgender people should be able to change their name and gender on birth certificates and identity documents, and European governments should “develop quick, transparent and accessible...
Parliamentary Assembly Session

Putting the child’s best interest first in any placement decision

22 April 2015 Strasbourg
The Assembly has expressed concern at its plenary session in Strasbourg over the violation of children's rights in some countries, when social services take children into care too rashly. This is...