Congress to observe elections of the Supreme Council of the Adjara Autonomous Republic (Georgia)
29.10.08 - Strasbourg,
A delegation of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe will visit Georgia from 31 October to 4 November 2008, to observe elections of the Supreme Council of the Adjara Autonomous Republic, which will take place on 3 November.(>>>)
PACE’s Presidential Committee to visit Tbilisi
27.10.08 - Strasbourg,
The Presidential Committee of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE), led by its President, Lluís Maria de Puig, will visit Tbilisi on 30 October 2008. The visit is part of the follow-up to Resolution 1633 on “The consequences of the war between Georgia and Russia”,...(>>>)
New Web Publication
24.10.08 - Tbilisi,
The Information Office has launched on its website the electronic version of the Council of Europe publication “DOmino” in Georgian, which was prepared in co-operation with the Council of Europe Directorate of Communication and Directorate of Youth and Sports. This book is a...(>>>)
1039th meeting of the Committee of Ministers – 22 October 2008
23.10.08 - Strasbourg,
On 22 October 2008, the Committee of Ministers continued their discussions on the consequences of the conflict in Georgia. They considered proposals made by the Secretary General, following their request a week ago, for the financing and implementation of the measures included...(>>>)
Internet Quiz Contest about Council of Europe
23.10.08 - Tbilisi,
The quiz consists of 100 questions and includes not only general questions about the Council of Europe, but also different aspects of its activity. You will have 0,5 minute for each question. Those who will give more than 50% of correct answers, will automatically win the prize...(>>>)
“Increased efforts must be made to ensure human rights protection in the areas affected by the South Ossetia conflict”, says Commissioner Hammarberg in his report
22.10.08 - Strasbourg,
Publishing a report after his second special mission to the areas affected by the South Ossetia conflict, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg, stated that “the human rights and humanitarian situation remain critical. All relevant actors must...(>>>)
Security, privacy and access to the Internet to be tackled at Council of Europe
21.10.08 - Strasbourg,
Cybercrime, data protection, online child protection, web access for people with disabilities and the sale of counterfeit medicines on the web will be discussed at a two-day conference opening on Monday 20 October at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg (France).(>>>)
1038th meeting of the Committee of Ministers – 15 October 2008
16.10.08 - Strasbourg,
On 15 October 2008, the Committee of Ministers continued their discussions on the consequences of the conflict in Georgia. In this context, the Swedish Chairmanship made a proposal for an action plan for the promotion of the Council of Europe’s values and standards in Georgia...(>>>)
“E-Democracy, who dares?” - Council of Europe forum in Madrid to assess the potential of e-democracy to increase participation
16.10.08 - Strasbourg,
Representatives of the 47 member states of the Council of Europe will meet in Madrid on 15-17 October in the 2008 Forum for the Future of Democracy to discuss the potential of the new information technologies to strengthen democracy and increase participation.(>>>)
Venice Commission to deal with the limits to freedom of expression during its 76th plenary session
15.10.08 - Strasbourg,
The Council of Europe’s European Commission for Democracy through Law (“Venice Commission”) will be meeting in Venice on 17 and 18 October 2008 (Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista). The Commission will adopt a report on blasphemy, religious insult and incitement to religious...(>>>)
European Day against the Death Penalty: panel discussion with Robert Badinter and Bianca Jagger, photo exhibit
11.10.08 - Strasbourg,
The Council of Europe and European Union will mark the European Day against the Death Penalty, 10 October, with a panel discussion from 11.00 am to 12.30 pm at the Council of Europe’s Agora Building, featuring French former Minister of Justice and anti-death penalty pioneer Senator...(>>>)
1037th meeting of the Committee of Ministers – 8 October 2008
09.10.08 - Strasbourg,
At its meeting on 8 October 2008, the Committee of Ministers’ discussions were largely devoted to the continued examination of the consequences of the conflict in Georgia. The Committee heard a report from the Commissioner for Human Rights, Mr Thomas Hammarberg, following his...(>>>)
Cooperation between cities and regions, an alternative to conflict: Round Table in Brussels
09.10.08 - Strasbourg,
“We must counter ethnic divide and confrontation with interaction and dialogue between communities, transcending national borders – especially in the Black Sea basin, which harbours four “frozen” conflicts but offers an enormous potential for cooperation.”(>>>)
Council of Europe Deputy Secretary General: condemnation of the car bomb in Tskhinvali
07.10.08 - Strasbourg,
“I strongly condemn the recent car bomb attack in Tsinkhvali, in which several Russian soldiers have been killed. I wish to express my deepest condolences to the families of the victims. All sides should refrain from overreacting to this provocation, which was clearly aimed at...(>>>)
Extending the activities of the Council of Europe anti-torture Committee to Abkhazia and South Ossetia
06.10.08 - Strasbourg,
From 29 September to 1 October, representatives of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) had a series of contacts in Tbilisi and Sukhumi aimed at enabling the Committee to exercise its mandate throughout the...(>>>)
Implementation of human rights by local and regional authorities in the centre of discussions in Stockholm
06.10.08 - Strasbourg,
Local and regional authorites have an increasingly important role to play in the implementation of human rights at all level of society. This theme will be at the heart of the debate during a seminar on ”Systematic Work for Human Rights(>>>)
PACE calls for independent international investigation into the war between Georgia and Russia
03.10.08 - Strasbourg,
Since the facts surrounding the outbreak of war between Georgia and Russia are disputed, there should be in independent international investigation into what happened, the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) said yesterday after debating the consequences of the war....(>>>)
International court representatives’ conference to examine current legal challenges
03.10.08 - Strasbourg,
Under the Swedish chairmanship of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers, the Council of Europe is organising a wide-ranging conference at Lancaster House in London on 6 and 7 October, gathering some 120 participants, including Presidents, Prosecutors and Registrars from...(>>>)
Georgian-Russian war debated under urgent procedure in the Parliamentary Assembly
03.10.08 - Strasbourg,
The Parliamentary Assembly is spending almost the whole of this Thursday (2 October) on the second part of the urgent debate on the consequences of the war between Georgia and Russia. The first part took place on Tuesday (30 September). As part of preparations for the debate...(>>>)
PACE confirms the ratification of the credentials of the Russian delegation
02.10.08 - Strasbourg,
The PACE yesterday decided to confirm the ratification of the credentials of the Russian delegation, while reminding that it can be seized again of the matter “at any moment”. The parliamentarians considered that the recent war between Russia and Georgia constitutes in itself...(>>>)
Frank Belfrage: “We must not take peace for granted”
01.10.08 - Strasbourg,
On behalf of the Presidency of the Committee of Ministers, Frank Belfrage, State Secretary for Foreign Affairs of Sweden, underlined that “this summer’s tragic events in Georgia have shown that we still have a lot of work ahead in building “the common European home”. And how...(>>>)
Georgia - Russia war: ''real issue now is what we are going to do,'' says Terry Davis
01.10.08 - Strasbourg,
‘‘The real issue now is not only how it happened and what happened but what we are going to do about it.'' The Secretary General's declaration came during his summary of the conflict during the Parliamentary Assembly’s 30 September debate on the consequences of the war between...(>>>)