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First meeting of Joint Working Group on Human Rights Issues in Azerbaijan

22/10/2014 Strasbourg
Following an agreement between Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland and Azerbaijan's President Aliyev last August, a Joint Working Group on Human Rights Issues composed of some 18 human rights...
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Secretary General and Irish Foreign Minister Charles Flanagan discuss human rights in Europe

21/10/2014 Strasbourg
Thorbjørn Jagland and Ireland’s Foreign Minister, Charles Flanagan, met in Strasbourg today to discuss the state of human rights in Europe, the situation in Ukraine, Azerbaijan’s chairmanship of...
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Law on IDPs adopted in Ukraine welcome development, good basis for addressing their needs, says Secretary General

20/10/2014 Strasbourg
The Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland made a statement on today’s adoption by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine of the Law on ensuring the rights and freedoms of internally...
European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ)

Council of Europe awards 2014 Crystal Scales of Justice Prize to the General Council of Spanish Bars

16/10/2014 Aveiro (Portugal)
The Council of Europe today awarded the 2014 European Crystal Scales of Justice Prize to the General Council of Spanish Bars for an initiative concerning online legal aid. The award ceremony was...
Council of Europe anti-torture Committee (CPT)

The anti-torture Committee reports “no improvement” since 2011 on deficient prison conditions in Greece

16/10/2014 Strasbourg
In a strongly worded report – based on visits made in April 2013 – the Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) said that...
Congress of Local and Regional Authorities

Jean-Claude Frécon (France, SOC) elected President of the Congress

14/10/2014 Strasbourg
The members of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, meeting at the 27th Session in Strasbourg (France), today elected Jean-Claude Frécon (France, SOC) by...
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Secretary General Jagland welcomes adoption of reforms in Ukraine; regrets law on IDPs was not adopted

14/10/2014 Strasbourg
Following today’s vote in Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, made this statement: "I welcome today’s adoption by the Verkhovna Rada of the...
Commissioner for Human Rights

Migrants’ and children’s rights need better protection in the Netherlands

14/10/2014 Strasbourg
"The Netherlands has a solid human rights protection system, but in practice there are shortcomings, in particular as concerns migrants and children, that need to be addressed" said today Nils...
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Bosnia and Herzegovina: all citizens should have the right to stand for elections

13/10/2014 Strasbourg
Following the 7th general elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Secretary General Jagland published the following statement: "The voters in Bosnia and Herzegovina have voted to elect their...
Commissioner for Human Rights

Preserving Europe's social model

13/10/2014 Strasbourg
"As we enter the 7th year of the economic crisis, the end is not yet in sight. Worse, in most countries, the adoption of austerity measures has so far contributed little to recovery, but has...
Congress of Local and Regional Authorities

Local and regional democracy, separatist tensions and youth participation among the highlights of the 27th Session of the Congress

09/10/2014 Strasbourg
The members of the Council of Europe’s Congress of Local and Regional Authorities will meet in session in Strasbourg (France) from 14 to 16 October 2014. Amongst other things they will be examining...
Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

Xenophobic and extremist discourse a challenge in Europe, says report on minority rights

06/10/2014 Strasbourg
The rise in racist, xenophobic and extremist discourse in Europe in recent years is of particularly deep concern, says the Ninth activity report of the Advisory Committee on the Framework...
European Commission for Democracy through Law

Venice Commission celebrates its 100th Plenary Session in Rome

08/10/2014 Strasbourg
The European Commission for Democracy through Law, better known as the Venice Commission, will celebrate its 100th Plenary Session at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation...
Council of Europe

European Day for Organ Donation and Transplantation 2014

08/10/2014 Strasbourg
Aimed at encouraging debate, increasing the number of donors in Europe and helping to reduce the statistics of patients dying while on waiting lists, the European Day for Organ Donation and...
Committee of Ministers

Committee of Ministers: decisions on the execution of European Court of Human Rights judgments

25/09/2014 Strasbourg
The Committee of Ministers’ has made public today the decisions and resolutions adopted at its third special “human rights” meeting (23-25 September 2014) during which it has examined the state of...
Council of Europe

Pope Francis to address Council of Europe on 25 November

07/10/2014 Strasbourg
Pope Francis will make an official visit to the Council of Europe on 25 November. Following an invitation by Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland at a private audience accorded at Vatican City on 20...
European Court of Human Rights

Russian, Ukrainian, Italian lawyers are visiting European Court of Human Rights

07/10/2014 Strasbourg
Some 90 legal practitioners from Russia, Italy and Ukraine - the Council of Europe’s member states with the highest numbers of applications pending at the European Court of Human Rights – are...
Parliamentary Assembly

Situation of religious and ethnic communities in Middle East evolves from ‘alarming to desperate'

02/10/2014 Strasbourg
The situation of religious and ethnic communities in the Middle East in general and in Iraq and Syria in particular has “evolved from alarming to desperate” as the terrorist group known as “IS” has...
European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines and Health Care (EDQM)

Council of Europe celebrates half a century of activities protecting public health

03/10/2014 Strasbourg
As part of the 50th anniversary of the European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines and Health Care (EDQM), an international conference in Strasbourg from 6 to 8 October will bring together...
Parliamentary Assembly

Parliamentary Assembly debates crisis in Ukraine

01/10/2014 Strasbourg
There needs to be a permanent and durable ceasefire in Ukraine, together with the unconditional and complete withdrawal of foreign troops from the country, said Stefan Schennach (Austria, SOC)...