Council of Europe to host meeting on World Programme for Human Rights Education
30.10.07 - Strasbourg,
A regional European Meeting for the World Programme for Human Rights Education will be organised in Strasbourg on 5 and 6 November. The event, organised in co-operation with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, UNESCO and the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions...(>>>)
23 Council of Europe member states sign Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Abuse
26.10.07 - Lanzarote (Spain),
Twenty-three Council of Europe member states today signed the Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse (CETS n° 201), which represents a major step in the prevention of sexual offences against children, the prosecution of perpetrators...(>>>)
Council of Europe Anti-Torture Committee publishes report on Georgia
25.10.07 - Strasbourg,
The Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) has today published a report on its third periodic visit to Georgia, which took place in March/April 2007. The report has been made public at the request of the Georgian authorities. (>>>)
Council of Europe Convention against Trafficking in Human Beings will enter into force
24.10.07 - Strasbourg,
The Council of Europe Convention against Trafficking in Human Beings (CETS n° 197) will enter into force on 1 February 2008, following the ratification by Cyprus as the tenth country to ratify it. On this occasion Terry Davis, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, made...(>>>)
Council of Europe / European Union meeting
23.10.07 - Strasbourg,
The 25th Quadripartite meeting (high level coordination meeting) between the Council of Europe and the European Union will take place on Tuesday 23 October in Strasbourg, at the invitation of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union.(>>>)
Access to justice for migrants, asylum seekers and children on the agenda of the 28th conference of justice ministers in Lanzarote
22.10.07 - Strasbourg,
The ministers of justice of the Council of Europe's 47 member states will meet in Lanzarote (Spain) on 25 and 26 October to consider ways of improving access to justice for migrants, asylum seekers and children, including child offenders. The new Council of Europe Convention...(>>>)
The Council of Europe launches project to enhance anti-corruption capacities in Georgia
22.10.07 - Strasbourg,
The Council of Europe is launching a new technical co-operation project in Georgia, entitled “Support to the Anti-corruption Strategy of Georgia” (GEPAC), as part of its co-operation programme in the South Caucasus. The two-year project will also help to implement the recommendations...(>>>)
Europe has a new international instrument to protect children from sexual abuse - By Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe
22.10.07 - Strasbourg,
Every day, across Europe, children are being sexually abused. It is estimated that between 10% and 20% of children in Europe are sexually assaulted during their childhood. Sexual violence against children may take many forms, from incest to prostitution, pornography, date rape,...(>>>)
Council of Europe Secretary General Terry Davis welcomes the EU decision to join the European Convention on Human Rights
19.10.07 - Strasbourg,
“I welcome the fact that Article 6 of the new Reform Treaty establishes the legal basis for EU accession to the European Convention on Human Rights. EU accession to this Council of Europe Convention will close an important gap in human rights protection in Europe, and people...(>>>)
17 October - World Day to Overcome Extreme Poverty
17.10.07 - Strasbourg,
A workshop marking the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty takes place in Strasbourg, with the participation of the Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg, and the Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Maud de Boer-Buquicchio. In her introductory...(>>>)
Venice Commission discusses Constitutions of Bulgaria, Finland, Turkey and Kyrgyzstan during its autumn plenary session
17.10.07 - Strasbourg,
The Council of Europe’s European Commission for Democracy through Law (the “Venice Commission”) will be meeting in Venice on 19 and 20 October (Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista).(>>>)
25 October: European Day of Civil Justice
16.10.07 - Strasbourg,
On the joint initiative of the Council of Europe and the European Commission, the European Day of Civil Justice (EDCJ) will be celebrated throughout Europe for the fifth consecutive year on 25 October.(>>>)
A network of members of European parliaments to combat domestic violence against women
15.10.07 - Strasbourg,
At the halfway stage of the Council of Europe Campaign to Combat Violence against Women, including Domestic Violence, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) is to hold several seminars for members of the parliaments of outlying countries so as to encourage...(>>>)
Recommendation on NGO status
15.10.07 - Strasbourg,
The Committee of Ministers has adopted a recommendation on the legal status of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO). This text defines the minimum standards to be respected concerning the creation, management and the general activities of NGOs in member states of the organisation....(>>>)
Council of Europe Belgrade seminar focuses on helping human trafficking victims
15.10.07 - Strasbourg,
Recognising that trafficked persons are victims rather than illegal immigrants or criminals, and improving the standards of care, are the focus of a regional seminar opening in Belgrade on 18 October.(>>>)
Council of Europe Vilnius conference examines international texts on cultural heritage
12.10.07 - Strasbourg,
Some 100 experts are attending a two-day Council of Europe conference on international texts on cultural heritage, which started yesterday in Vilnus. (>>>)
Council of Europe Pompidou Group to discuss quasi-coerced treatment in combating drug abuse
11.10.07 - Strasbourg,
Some 130 experts from all over Europe will attend a conference on quasi-coerced treatment (QCT) and other alternatives to imprisonment, organised by the Pompidou Group - the Council of Europe's drug prevention body – and the Romanian National Anti-Drug Agency, on 11 and 12 October...(>>>)
Domestic violence television spot wins international award
10.10.07 - Strasbourg,
A Council of Europe television spot is to receive a gold award at a gala evening in Cologne on 2 November. The film triumphed over 11 other submissions to claim the Frankfurt-based ITVA’s top prize in its international category. The spot will now be Germany’s entrant in an American...(>>>)
The Council of Europe launches a website for training judges and prosecutors on human rights
10.10.07 - Strasbourg,
The Council of Europe launched a website aimed at supporting its 47 member states to integrate human rights into their training of judges and prosecutors, which is part of the European Programme for Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals (the “HELP” Programme),.(>>>)
Valencia will host the 15th session of the Conference of European Ministers responsible for local and regional government
09.10.07 - Strasbourg,
The Spanish city of Valencia will host on 15-16 the 15th session of the Conference of European ministers responsible for local and regional government, where ministers from the 47 member States of the Council of Europe will discuss the challenges of local and regional democracy...(>>>)
“Death is not justice” - Council of Europe reiterates in Lisbon its commitment to abolition of the death penalty
09.10.07 - Strasbourg,
An international conference against the death penalty is to be held on Tuesday 9 October in Lisbon (Portugal) by the Council of Europe, the Portuguese presidency of the European Union and the European Commission.(>>>)
Council of Europe states must ‘firmly oppose’ the teaching of creationism as a scientific discipline, say parliamentarians
05.10.07 - Strasbourg,
Parliamentarians from the 47-nation Council of Europe have urged its member governments to “firmly oppose” the teaching of creationism – which denies the evolution of species through natural selection – as a scientific discipline on an equal footing with the theory of evolution....(>>>)
PACE elects Georgian judge to the European Court of Human Rights
04.10.07 - Strasbourg,
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), meeting this week in plenary session in Strasbourg, yesterday elected twelve judges to the European Court of Human Rights.(>>>)
Helsinki seminar highlights Council of Europe Campaign against Violence to Women, including Domestic Violence
04.10.07 - Strasbourg,
How can governments ensure the best services for women victims of domestic violence? This is the focus of the fifth regional seminar organised as part of the Council of Europe’s Campaign to Combat Violence against Women, including Domestic Violence, to be held on 8 and 9 October...(>>>)
The Council of Europe adopts Guidelines on protecting freedom of expression and information in times of crisis
04.10.07 - Strasbourg,
The Committee of Ministers calls on Member States to protect and promote investigative journalism and to increase the awareness and skills of citizens with regard to the protection of their rights in the new communication environment (>>>)
Council of Europe marks “The End of the Beginning” for its diversity campaign
02.10.07 - Strasbourg,
Some 300 young people and youth organisations from across Europe will gather in Malmö, Sweden, from 4 to 7 October to mark the end of the Council of Europe’s “All Different – All Equal” youth campaign on diversity, human rights and participation. (>>>)
The Council of Europe tackles racism in policing
02.10.07 - Strasbourg,
The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) will present a Recommendation on combating racism and racial discrimination in policing in Paris on Thursday 4 October at the Council of Europe Office (55 avenue Kléber 75016, Boissière Metro station).(>>>)
Session of the INGO Conference
02.10.07 - Strasbourg,
The autumn session of the conference of INGOs takes place in Strasbourg from 1 – 4 October. The INGOs will discuss in particular the protection of Human Rights defenders and the question of social cohesion in a multicultural Europe : role and impact of schools of thought and...(>>>)
European seminar on over-the-counter genetic tests and pharmacogenetics in Paris on 2 October
01.10.07 - Strasbourg,
In conjunction with the French Ministry of Health and the Agence de la biomédecine, the Council of Europe is holding a seminar entitled "Over-the-counter genetic tests and pharmacogenetics: What are the individual and collective challenges in Europe?" on Tuesday 2 October at...(>>>)
Heritage and modernity as a challenge for local authorities: symposium of the Congress and the City of Innsbruck
01.10.07 - Strasbourg,
Issues at stake in reconciling cultural heritage and modern architecture will be in the centre of discussions at a symposium on "Heritage and modernity", organised jointly by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe and the City of Innsbruck (Austria)...(>>>)