Week in brief 20-26 October 2014

International conference tackles how to prevent urban violence
23 and 24 October, Lisbon – The Council of Europe and the Ministry of Justice of Portugal will organise an international conference aimed at exploring how law enforcement and the telecommunication and Internet sectors can co-operate to prevent outbreaks of urban violence in Europe.
Participants will discuss how to strike the right balance between the need to protect public order and to respect citizens´ fundamental rights: the need for law enforcement actions such as surveillance of Internet activities in order to efficiently/promptly identify the instigators of urban violence and prevent their actions to be carried out with judicial oversight, be proportionate, and fully respect the rights to freedom of expression and association. The use of electronic evidence in criminal proceedings and its role in ensuring accountability of instigators of violence will also be discussed. The conference will be open to media.
Conference website, contact: Jaime Rodriguez, tel. +33 3 90 21 47 04

PACE observes parliamentary elections in Tunisia
23-27 October, Tunisia – A Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) delegation, headed by Andreas Gross, will observe Tunisia’s 26 October parliamentary elections. The team is due to meet Tunisia’s interim President and Prime Minister as well as the President of the National Constituent Assembly, election officials and leaders of the parties running in the election, before observing the voting.
A press conference is foreseen at 1 p.m. on Monday 27 October (venue to be confirmed).

PACE observes parliamentary elections in Ukraine
24-27 October, Ukraine – A PACE 42-member delegation, headed by Chris Chope, will observe Ukraine’s 26 October parliamentary elections alongside observers from the OSCE’s ODIHR, the European Parliament and OSCE and NATO Parliamentary Assemblies.
The team is due to meet representatives of political parties running in the election as well as election officials, media and NGO representatives before observing the voting. A member of the Council of Europe’s Venice Commission will provide legal advice.
A joint press conference is foreseen on Monday 27 October (time and venue to be confirmed).


20 October, Rome – Deputy Secretary General Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni will participate in the Informal Meeting of EU Sport Ministers.

20-23 October, Strasbourg – Young people aged 15 to 30 from the French Roma, Manouche and Travellers communities will meet for the first time at the Strasbourg European Youth Centre. They will take part in a human rights training session and discuss how to improve links with other young Europeans and increase their political influence. 
More information, thematic file

21 October, Strasbourg – Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland will meet Charlie Flanagan, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade of Ireland.

21 October, Zagreb – José Mendes Bota, PACE’s General Rapporteur on violence against women, will speak about the work of the Assembly’s “Women free from violence” parliamentary network at an international conference on the Istanbul Convention, the Council of Europe’s ground-breaking treaty to prevent and combat violence against women and domestic violence, being held at the Croatian Parliament. The conference will be opened by Croatian President Ivo Josipović.

21 October, Strasbourg – The European Court of Human Rights will deliver in writing 18 judgments concerning Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania and Turkey. More informationECHR website, tel. + 33 3 90 21 42 08

21 October, Strasbourg – Launch of prize-winning children’s human rights and democracy cartoons. The cartoons, based on ideas sent in from pupils across Europe and chosen by the general public, are part of the Council of Europe’s work on human rights and citizenship education.
Web translation of cartoons (from 1.15 pm, French time), thematic file

21 and 22 October, Ankara – Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks will participate in the 2nd International Symposium on Ombudsman Institutions hosted by the Chief Ombudsman of the Republic of Turkey.

22 October, Strasbourg – Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland will meet Krzysztof Kwiatkowski, President of the Polish Supreme Audit Office.

22 and 23 October, Rome – Klaas de Vries, PACE rapporteur on the implementation of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights, will make a fact-finding visit to Italy.

22-24 October – The Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks will visit Azerbaijan.

23 October, Strasbourg – The European Court of Human Rights will deliver in writing 9 judgments concerning Germany, Greece, Portugal, Russia, “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” and Ukraine.
More informationECHR website, tel. + 33 3 90 21 42 08

23 and 24 October, Rabat – “Morocco’s new migration policy and the European experience” will be the focus of a parliamentary seminar, organised by PACE and the Moroccan Parliament as part of the joint EU-Council of Europe programme to aid democratic reform in Europe’s southern neighbourhood. The seminar is due to be opened by the Speaker of the Moroccan Parliament, which holds “Partner for democracy” status with PACE.

24-27 October, Berlin – Launching of Mediation Roma programme ROMED2 in Germany. The programme consists of employing people with a Roma background, from local Roma communities, or with a good knowledge of Roma issues, to act as mediators between the Roma and the public institutions. The launching event coincides with a Roma genocide remembrance ceremony on 24 October at the Berlin memorial of Sinti and Roma victims of World War II. Contact: Panos Kakaviatos, tel. + 33 3 90 21 50 27


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