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1220th meeting of the Ministers' Deputies (18 February 2015)
[18/02/2015] At their meeting on 18 February, the Ministers' Deputies adopted a declaration condemning the deadly attacks which took place on 14 February against a cultural centre and a synagogue in Copenhagen. The Deputies reiterated their determination to combat such acts and to vigorously continue the action initiated in recent weeks to strengthen the fight against extremism and radicalisation leading to terrorism. They paid tribute to the victims, extended their condolences to their families and expressed solidarity with the Danish Government and people.
The Ministers' Deputies also adopted a declaration welcoming the announcement by the newly elected Governor Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania of a moratorium on the death penalty, whilst taking note of the temporary nature of this measure. In consideration of the review under way on the death penalty system in the State of Pennsylvania, the Deputies recalled their position that there is no such thing as a just and fair system to apply capital punishment and reiterated their unequivocal opposition to the death penalty in all circumstances (more ...).

1219th meeting of the Ministers' Deputies (11-12 February 2015)
[11/02/2015] At their meeting on 11 and 12 February, the Ministers' Deputies:
- endorsed proposals by the Secretary General on immediate action by the Council of Europe to combat radicalisation leading to terrorism and invited the Secretary General to implement them and to report back in due time on their results;
- adopted a recommendation on preventing and resolving disputes on child relocation (more ...)

Council of Europe condemns recent executions in the United States
1218th meeting of the Ministers' Deputies (4 February 2015)
[04/02/2015] At their meeting on 4 February, the Ministers' Deputies adopted a declaration condemning the recent executions in the United States of Mr Warren Lee Hill and Mr Robert Ladd, both of whom suffered from intellectual disability. They also expressed concerns over the painful means of execution which were used and the lack of transparency regarding their origin. They reiterated their appeal to the US, which has observer status at the Council of Europe, to introduce a moratorium on the death penalty as a first step towards abolition (more ...).
Parliamentary Assembly's Winter session: Address by the Chairman of the Committee of Ministers
Didier Reynders: "Proper tools to defend our societies against radicalism and terrorism"
[26/01/2015] "The Committee of Ministers has decided to step up its action to promote tolerance and to fight against radicalisation leading to terrorism", highlighted Didier Reynders, Chairperson of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, while addressing the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.
The Minister for Foreign and European Affairs of Belgium underlined the relevance of a direct security threat to societies, emphasising the importance of the Convention on the Prevention on Terrorism with legally binding measures to deal with the menace of returning foreign terrorist fighters (more ...).

1217th meeting of the Ministers' Deputies (21 January 2015)
[21/01/2015] The 1217th meeting of the Ministers' Deputies focussed on the Council of Europe action against radicalisation leading to terrorism, following the terrorist attacks in Paris two weeks ago. The Deputies took several decisions on this subject, including the preparation of a draft Additional Protocol to the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism, and agreed that the next Ministerial Session should give due prominence to the question of the fight against extremism and radicalisation leading to terrorism (more ...).
Je suis CharlieDeclaration by the Committee of Ministers on the recent attacks in Paris
1216th meeting of the Ministers' Deputies (14 January 2015)
[14/01/2015] At their meeting on 14 January, the Committee of Ministers adopted a declaration in which they condemned in the strongest terms the massacre at the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo and the antisemitic killings at a kosher grocery store in Paris last week. The Committee paid tribute to the victims, extended its condolences to their families and proclaimed its solidarity with the French Government and people (more ...).
Terrorist attack against 'Charlie Hebdo' magazine
Declaration by Mr Didier Reynders, Minister for Foreign and European Affairs of Belgium, Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe
[07/01/2015] "I am deeply shocked by the horrendous attack committed this morning in Paris against 'Charlie Hebdo' magazine. On behalf of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, I extend my condolences to all the victims families and express my solidarity and my full support towards the French authorities and people."
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