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Commissioner for Human Rights

Poland: slow down and consult on legislation to avoid human-rights backsliding

12 February 2016 Strasbourg
"Human rights compliant legislation requires time and thorough consultation” said the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks, at the end of a four-day visit to Poland...
Council of Europe

Assessing the impact of sexist hate speech – and what to do about it

10 February 2016 Strasbourg
What line can be drawn between sexist hate speech and freedom of expression? To what extent can sexist hate speech harm people? A three day seminar (10-12 February) in Strasbourg brings together...
Committee of Ministers

Death penalty in the USA

10 February 2016 Strasbourg
Declaration adopted by the Committee of Ministers
Group of States against Corruption (GRECO)

GRECO publishes a report on Portugal

10 February 2016 Strasbourg
Portugal should strengthen corruption prevention in respect of parliamentarians, judges and prosecutors, says Council of Europe report
Council of Europe

Zero tolerance for female genital mutilation (FGM)

5 February 2016 Strasbourg
“Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a vile crime and a gross violation of the human rights of women and girls,” said Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland just ahead of the UN...
Commissioner for Human Rights

Travellers - Time to counter deep-rooted hostility

4 February 2016 Stasbourg
In October 2015, 10 persons died in a fire which broke in a Travellers’ site near Dublin. Following this tragic event, neighbours prevented the authorities from providing alternative accommodation...
Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA)

Identifying human trafficking victims including missing children among challenges for Croatia

4 February 2016 Strasbourg
In a new report, the Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) commends the Croatian authorities for continuing to develop their legal framework for...
Council of Europe

Gender Equality Strategy

4 February 20016 Strasbourg
Despite progress, stronger commitment needed to achieve gender equality in all member States
Secretary General

Secretary General responds to reports that French police have cleared hundreds of Roma in Paris

3 February 2016 Strasbourg
"It is crucial that the French authorities provide all those who have been forced to leave the ‘Petite ceinture’ camp – including children and elderly people – with adequate, alternative...
Secretary General

Council of Europe human rights mission returns from Crimea

3 February 2016 Strasbourg
The Council of Europe’s human rights mission to Crimea, led by Swiss diplomat Ambassador Gérard Stoudmann, has returned to Strasbourg after a 7-day visit to the peninsula. Secretary General...
Council of Europe

Council of Europe and German OSCE Chairmanship in close cooperation for European security

3 February 2016 Strasbourg
Special Representative for the German Chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), Gernot Erler, visited the Council of Europe in Strasbourg today to present the...
Secretary General

Immigration: 'kneejerk' responses risk departure from European values

2 February 2016 Strasbourg
Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland has delivered a keynote speech on the risk of 'kneejerk' responses to immigration at a high-level seminar organised by the Dutch EU chairmanship: “EU fundamental...
Secretary General

Combating hate speech online: Council of Europe and Germany to co-operate

28 January 2016 Strasbourg
The German Federal Minister for Justice and Consumer Protection, Heiko Maas, today paid an official visit to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg and held talks with its Secretary General, Thorbjørn...
Commissioner for Human Rights

Belgium should speed up the social inclusion of persons with disabilities

28 January 2016 Strasbourg
“Belgium is failing to uphold the rights of persons with disabilities to live independently and be included in the community. Planned measures to improve the situation should be implemented as a...
Counil of Europe

Data Protection Day

28 January 2016 Strasbourg
The Council of Europe is organising a workshop on 28 January in Brussels at the 9th Edition of the “Computers, Privacy and Data Protection international conference” (CPDP) to take stock of ten...
MONEYVAL

Anti-money laundering measures and financing of terrorism report on Armenia

28 January 2016 Strasbourg
Armenia urged to develop an effective national policy to investigate and prosecute money laundering
Parliamentary Assembly Session

Let's not play off fighting terrorism against protecting human rights

27 January 2016 Strasbourg
"The threat of terrorism is ever present in our countries. It would be a grave mistake to try to play the fight against terrorism off against human rights protection and suggest that one should be...
European Social Charter

European Committee of Social Rights annual conclusions

27 January 2016 Strasbourg
European Committee of Social Rights finds 277 violations related to children, families and migrants in 31 countries in 2015
Council of Europe

In memory of the victims of the Holocaust

26 January 2016 Strasbourg
A ceremony to mark the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust will take place on Wednesday 27 January, 1.00pm, on the forecourt of the Palais de l’Europe....
Parliamentary Assembly Session

The European Convention on Human Rights is our compass

26 January 2016 Strasbourg
Secretary General Jagland has asked parliamentarians to go home and be louder than ever in defending Europe’s human rights architecture. Speaking about the many challenges facing Europe, Thorbjørn...