Lord Woolf’s report on European Court of Human Rights available on-line
22.12.05 - Strasbourg,
The European Court of Human Rights is today making available on its website (www.echr.coe.int) in English and French a report reviewing the Court’s working methods by Lord Woolf, the former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales. (>>>)
Secretary General sets the parameters of the Council of Europe inquiry into alleged CIA activities in Europe
21.12.05 - Strasbourg,
“The subject of my inquiry as Secretary General of the Council of Europe is whether our member states comply with the European Convention on Human Rights and not whether alleged CIA activities are lawful under US law” said Terry Davis. “We may have a political and moral opinion...(>>>)
Georgia: on the right track, but major challenges still lie ahead
16.12.05 - Strasbourg,
Georgia’s progress over the last year can be regarded as “generally encouraging” but this is still only a first step towards fully meeting its Council of Europe obligations and commitments, the Parliamentary Assembly’s Monitoring Committee said in a draft report approved today....(>>>)
PACE Monitoring Committee: constitutional justice in Ukraine ‘held hostage by political interests’
16.12.05 - Paris,
In a declaration adopted today, the Monitoring Committee of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) has urged the Ukrainian Parliament to carry out its constitutional duty and renew the composition of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine without any further delay....(>>>)
Committee of Ministers’ new working methods – ''towards a more transparent and efficient Council of Europe''
16.12.05 - Strasbourg,
On 14 December the Ministers’ Deputies adopted new working methods designed to increase the Committee’s efficiency, productivity and transparency, which will enter into force on 1 January 2006. The reform is based on a report prepared by the Deputy Permanent Representative of...(>>>)
PACE President calls on Congress to ensure US laws conform to international legal standards
15.12.05 - Strasbourg,
The President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), René van der Linden, has called on the US Congress to ensure that US laws and practice conform to international legal standards. (>>>)
Statement by the Romanian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers
15.12.05 - Strasbourg,
The Romanian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe expresses its deep concern with respect to the situation of human rights in Belarus. The recent decision of the Belarusian National Assembly to pass a bill amending the penal code will further undermine...(>>>)
Elections to the Municipal Council of Tbilisi to be discussed during the plenary meeting of the Council of Europe’s Venice Commission
14.12.05 - Strasbourg,
At the request of the Parliament of Georgia the Venice Commission at its 65th plenary session (16-17 December 2005 / Venice) will give its opinion on the draft amendments to the electoral legislation of Georgia concerning the elections of the Municipal Council of Tbilisi. (>>>)
Children and Violence: Presentation of the Council of Europe documental film
14.12.05 - Tbilisi,
The Information Office has translated into Georgian and released for the TV and Web broadcasting the Council of Europe documental dedicated to the problem of Children and Violence. This film prepared by the Directorate of Communications and Research presents the approach of the...(>>>)
Alleged secret detention centres in Council of Europe member states to be discussed by PACE committee
13.12.05 - Strasbourg,
The Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) is due to discuss the progress of the inquiry by Dick Marty (Switzerland, ALDE) into Alleged secret detention centres in Council of Europe member states at a meeting in Paris...(>>>)
Fighting cybercrime on a global scale: Council of Europe conference in Madrid
12.12.05 - Strasbourg,
A Council of Europe conference on "Cybercrime: a Global Challenge, a Global Response" will be held in Madrid on 12 and 13 December. The conference is organised in conjunction with the Spanish Ministry of Justice and the Organisation of American States (OAS) and will bring together...(>>>)
PACE committee calls on member states to favour fairness over speed in asylum procedures
12.12.05 - Strasbourg,
In a statement adopted last week during its meeting in Paris, the Committee on Migration, Refugees and Population of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) expressed its deep concern over the way in which accelerated asylum procedures are developing in Europe: (>>>)
Maud de Boer-Buquicchio: ''Human rights are not only a moral imperative, but a practical one as well''
12.12.05 - Strasbourg,
Adressing a speech during the conference on human rights in modern society, in Bratislava, 9 December, Deputy Secretary General called for the rule of law ''to provide the essential values for intercultural and inter-religious dialogue in Europe'', in order to combat terrorism,...(>>>)
Statement by Terry Davis, Secretary General of the Council of Europe on the occasion of the International Human Rights Day
12.12.05 - Strasbourg,
“Respect for human rights is the real measure of our progress as humankind. Cultural and scientific advances are undeniably important, but what defines a civilised and humane society is not whether we can put people into space but whether we still put people to death, subject...(>>>)
Council of Europe Secretary General welcomes the Law Lords decision against the use of evidence obtained by torture
09.12.05 - Strasbourg,
“This is a clear message that our governments must not be allowed to condone or encourage torture or subcontract torture to anyone else in the world” said Terry Davis in reaction to the decision of the highest judicial body in the United Kingdom which ruled that evidence obtained...(>>>)
Javier Solana extends his full support to PACE's enquiry into the alleged secret CIA detention centres
09.12.05 - Strasbourg,
After a meeting with EU Foreign Policy chief Javier Solana in Brussels today PACE President Renй van der Linden said he was pleased that Mr Solana, like Vice-President Frattini before him, has extended his full support to PACE's enquiry into the alleged secret CIA detention...(>>>)
Deputy Secretary General takes part in Forum ''Cultural Heritage Counts for Europe''
09.12.05 - Brussels,
Addressing this Forum, organised by the Pan-European Federation for Heritage Europa Nostra, Maud de Boer-Buquicchio said that the Council of Europe was currently preparing an action plan for Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine – known as the “Kyiv initiative”. “These...(>>>)
In problem areas such as Cyprus or South Caucasus, culture can bring down barriers, says PACE President
09.12.05 - Brussels,
“Culture and cultural heritage can bring down barriers. They build bridges of peace and understanding. This sort of spirit is essential in such problem areas as Cyprus or in the South Caucasus,” PACE President René van der Linden said today in his speech at the Europa Nostra...(>>>)
PACE President René van der Linden to meet Javier Solana
07.12.05 - Strasbourg,
Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) President René van der Linden will meet EU Foreign Policy chief Javier Solana on 7 December in Brussels (12 – 1 pm, 175 rue de la Loi).(>>>)
Council of Europe responds to Russian Federation request for expertise on recent amendments to federal legislation on non-profit organisations and public associations
07.12.05 - Strasbourg,
“The proposed amendments to the Russian Federation laws regulating the freedom of Assembly are pursuing legitimate objectives of combating terrorism and money laundering.” said Terry Davis, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, in a statement today. "But to comply with...(>>>)
Council of Europe parliamentarian to call on Japan to abolish the death penalty
06.12.05 - Strasbourg,
In a keynote speech at a major conference on the death penalty in Japan on 6 December, a leading member of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly will call on Japan to end capital punishment. Christos Pourgourides (Cyprus, EPP CD), who Chairs the Sub-committee on Human...(>>>)
Churchill Museum in London wins 2006 Council of Europe Museum Prize
06.12.05 - Strasbourg,
The Council of Europe's Museum Prize for 2006 has been awarded to the Churchill Museum in London. The Museum, which opened in February 2005, is part of the Cabinet War Rooms in the basement of the Treasury Building, the underground headquarters of Britain’s wartime leader Sir...(>>>)
Council of Europe adopts its budget for 2006
02.12.05 - Strasbourg,
The Ministers’ Deputies of the Council of Europe have adopted the Organisation’s budgets for 2006. Once again, the new ordinary budget represents a zero growth increase in real terms. Resources will be mainly dedicated to the implementing of the Action Plan adopted by the heads...(>>>)
Training Workshop for Newly Appointed Judges Tbilisi, December 2-4 and December 17-18, 2005
02.12.05 - Tbilisi,
Five days training workshop for newly appointed judges is held at the Judicial Training Centre in Tbilisi on December 2-4 and December 17-18.(>>>)
Presentation of the priorities of the Romanian Chairmanship to the Committee of Ministers
01.12.05 - Strasbourg,
The Committee of Ministers will today hear a presentation by Teodor Baconschi, Romanian Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, of the Romanian priorities for their six-month Chairmanship. The Ministers' Deputies will also discuss the Budget of the Organisation, with a view to...(>>>)