Internet Freedom: a constant factor of democratic security in Europe

13/07/2016 Strasbourg

The conference is co-organised by the Estonian Chairmanship of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers, the German Chairmanship of the OSCE and by the Council of Europe In the last years Internet freedom has emerged as an important priority in foreign policy agendas of several European and...

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Death penalty is no solution to drug crime


Last week, Indonesia executed four men for drug-related offences. The lives of 10 more convicts have been spared, but this could be just a temporary stay. These are the latest, but far from the only executions, despite compelling evidence that capital punishment does not deter crime. The Council...

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"HELP in the 28" European Seminar on Fight against racism, xenophobia, homophobia and transphobia

27/07/2016 Barcelona

The Council of Europe / European Union Programme "HELP in the 28" organised the European Seminar on the "Fight against racism, xenophobia, homophobia and transphobia", in collaboration with the Spanish School for the Judiciary in Barcelona on 26 and 27 July. More than 60 judges, prosecutors,...

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Turkey: Protecting democracy and human rights

22/07/2016 Strasbourg

“I have now received formal notice from the Turkish Government confirming that the decision to impose a three-month state of emergency, in response to the failed military coup, may involve measures that derogate from the European Convention on Human Rights. “The possibility of temporary...

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Statements by CCPE et CCJE related to the situation in Turkey

27/07/2016 Strasbourg

BUREAU OF THE CONSULTATIVE COUNCIL OF EUROPEAN JUDGES (CCJE-BU) Statement The Bureau of the Consultative Council of European Judges (CCJE) has recently, by its comments of 5 July 2016 on certain aspects of the legislation in Turkey, strongly recommended that the Turkish authorities improve the...

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Cyprus should increase transparency in Parliament and define rules for lobbying and gift giving

27/07/2016 Strasbourg

A new report from the Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) includes 16 recommendations to improve anti-corruption measures in parliament and for judges and prosecutors. Although plenary meetings of the legislature are open to the public and proposed bills are published,...

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Statement by the President of the Venice Commission on the attempted coup d'état in Turkey

19/07/2016 Strasbourg

"I strongly condemn the attempted coup d’état in Turkey; any changes in the government must follow democratic channels. Turkish media report that, since the failed coup, two judges of the Constitutional Court and five members of the High Council of Judges and Prosecutors have been arrested. More...

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