Week in brief 3-9 November 2014

World Forum for Democracy
The Council of Europe gives young people a say in how to revitalise democracy
3-5 November, Strasbourg – Some 1,500 participants – civil society activists, elected representatives, political leaders, and representatives of the media – from 100 countries are expected to attend this third Forum to discuss new ways of encouraging young citizens to become involved and imagine new forms of democratic participation.
The Award for Democratic Innovation will be given to the most promising initiative from among the thirty or so to be discussed in the Forum Labs.
Backed by the French Government, the Alsace Region and the City of Strasbourg, the Forum will be opened by Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Pascale Boistard, French State Secretary for Women’s Rights, and Jeremy Rifkin, President of the Foundation on Economic Trends, in the presence of the Mayor of Strasbourg Roland Ries and the President of the Council of the Alsace Region Philippe Richert.
More information and webcast
Estelle Steiner, tel. +33 3 88 41 33 35, mobile +33 6 08 46 01 57
Can Fisek, tel. +33 3 88 41 30 41, mobile +33 6 75 65 03 41
Accreditation: online form

Eradicate impunity for attacks against journalists: international seminar and United Nations inter-agency meeting
3 November, Strasbourg – Representatives of regional human rights courts and inter-governmental organisations in Europe, the Americas and Africa, media freedom organisations and human rights experts will discuss how to enforce international standards and mechanisms for the protection of journalists, and to eradicate impunity for attacks against them.
Jointly organised by the Council of Europe, the Centre for Freedom of the Media, UNESCO and the European Lawyer’s Union, the seminar will be held the day after 2 November, when the first ever UN International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists will be marked. Speakers include Guido Raimondi, Vice-president of the European Court of Human Rights, Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, Council of Europe Deputy Secretary General, Anne Brasseur, President of the Parliamentary Assembly, Nils Muižnieks, Commissioner for Human Rights, Guy Berger, Director of the UNESCO Division Freedom of Expression and Media Development, David Kaye, UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression; and Catalina Botero, former Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Organization of American States.
The seminar, which will take place at the European Court of Human Rights, is open to the press.
Live webcast of the seminar
On 4 November, the Council of Europe will also host in its premises the 3rd United Nations inter-agency meeting on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity. This meeting is convened by UNESCO and co-hosted by the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Council of Europe.
More information, Programme,
Jaime Rodriguez, tel. +33 3 90 21 47 04 ; mobile +33 6 89 99 50 42
Can Fisek, tel. +33 3 88 41 30 41, mobile +33 6 75 65 03 41

Council of Europe and the fight against doping – 25 years of the Anti-Doping Convention
4 November, Strasbourg – Deputy Secretary General Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni will open the conference celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Council of Europe Anti-Doping Convention. The event, organised under the auspices of the Azerbaijani Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers, will highlight the challenges to fighting doping in sport.
David Howman, WADA Director General, and Jean-Paul Costa, President of the International Institute of Human Rights and former ECHR President, will be amongst the main speakers.
Contact: Giuseppe Zaffuto, tel. +33 3 90 21 56 04


3 November, Strasbourg – Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland will meet Dr Božo Ljubić, President of the House of Representatives of the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

3-4 November Yerevan - The Venice Commission, in cooperation with the Brusov State University, organises a conference on “The impact of constitutional processes in post-communist transformation”. The conference will bring together current and former members of the Commission, constitutional court judges and prominent legal scholars from several countries: Armenia, Poland, Ukraine, Russia, Romania, Kyrgyzstan, Bulgaria, Finland, Georgia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Switzerland, etc.
Contacts: Tatiana Baeva, tel. +33 3 88 41 21 41, mobile +33 685 11 64 93; Panos Kakaviatos, tel. +33 3 90 21 50 27

4 November, Strasbourg - The European Court of Human Rights will deliver a Grand Chamber judgment in the case of Tarakhel v. Switzerland at a public hearing at 11 a.m.
The case concerns the refusal of the Swiss authorities to examine the asylum application of an Afghan couple and their six children and the decision to send them back to Italy.
More informationECHR website, tel. + 33 3 90 21 42 08

4 November, Strasbourg – The European Court of Human Rights will deliver in writing twenty judgments concerning Albania, Bulgaria, Republic of Moldova, Poland, Romania, Spain and the United Kingdom.
More informationECHR website, tel. + 33 3 90 21 42 08

5-6 November, Republic of Moldova – A PACE delegation, led by Jean-Claude Mignon, will carry out a pre-electoral mission to assess the election campaign and political climate prior to the parliamentary elections on 30 November. In Chisinau, the delegation is due to meet the President of the Republic, the Prime Minister, the Speaker of Parliament, leaders of political parties participating in the elections, the Chairman of the Central Electoral Commission, and representatives of the international community, NGOs and the media.
The delegation will issue a statement at the end of the visit on Thursday 6 November.

6 November, Strasbourg – The European Court of Human Rights will deliver in writing nine judgments concerning the Czech Republic, Germany, Malta and Slovenia.
More informationECHR website, tel. + 33 3 90 21 42 08

6-7 November, Monaco – Jordi Xuclà, PACE rapporteur for post-monitoring dialogue with Monaco, will carry out a fact-finding visit to the Principality. Meetings are scheduled, among others, with the Head of State HSH Prince Albert II, the President of the National Council and the Minister of State as well as with the Government Counsellors for Foreign Affairs and Co-operation, Interior, Social Affairs and Health.

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