National ombudspersons from Council of Europe member States meet in Copenhagen to discuss their evolving role
31.03.05 - Strasbourg,
The 9th Round Table of European National Ombudspersons organised by the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe, Alvaro Gil-Robles, and the Danish Ombudsman, Hans Gammeltoft-Hansen, will bring together in Copenhagen on 31 March – 1 April more than a hundred participants...(>>>)
PACE President attends parliamentary rally for Florence Aubenas and Hussein Hanoun al Saadi
31.03.05 - Strasbourg,
The President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), René van der Linden, today attended the rally held in Paris (Parvis des Droits de l’Homme) by French parliamentarians in support of journalist Florence Aubenas and her guide Hussein Hanoun al Saadi,...(>>>)
A French "yes" vote is also a vote for human rights, says René van der Linden
30.03.05 - Strasbourg,
The President of the Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly, René van der Linden, said today that "a French 'yes' to the draft European Constitution is also a 'yes' for a Europe based on democracy and human rights".(>>>)
Committee of Ministers: Exchange of views with Jean-Louis Fort
30.03.05 - Strasbourg,
At their meeting on 30 March, the Committee of Ministers will hold an exchange of views with the President of the Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering regarding the evaluation of anti-laundering measures, the financing of terrorism, and the search for, seizure and...(>>>)
Regional event on anti-corruption services in south-eastern Europe
30.03.05 - Strasbourg,
The Council of Europe, within the framework of PACO IMPACT (Programme against Corruption and Organised Crime in South-eastern Europe), and the authorities of the ''the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia'' are co-organising a regional thematic meeting on anti-corruption services...(>>>)
Parliamentary Assembly’s rapporteur on the Gongadze murder case to visit Ukraine
30.03.05 - Strasbourg,
Former German Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger (Germany, LDR), is making a fact-finding visit to Kyiv from 30 March to 1 April. She is preparing a report on the opening of a new enquiry into the murder of the Ukrainian journalist Georgiy Gongadze.(>>>)
PACE President on Darfur vote: ‘allow the ICC to save lives’
29.03.05 - Strasbourg,
René van der Linden, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), speaking ahead of a possible vote in the United Nations Security Council on the Darfur crisis, made the following statement:(>>>)
Press Conference
29.03.05 - Tbilisi,
Please view the video-record (www.coe.ge) of the Press Conference of Mr. Boris Cilevičs – Member of the PACE Committee on Migration, Refugees and Population, Vice chairman of the sub-committee on refugees and Reporter of the committee on the follow-up to the recommendation...(>>>)
Police interrogations and psychiatric detention – themes of the 2005 René Cassin competition
25.03.05 - Strasbourg,
The 21st René Cassin European Human Rights Competition will take place from 29 March to 1 April at the Council of Europe. (>>>)
Parliamentary Assembly's Spring Session (25-29 April) highlights
25.03.05 - Strasbourg,
Debates on assistance to patients at end of life and the lawfulness of detentions by the United States in Guantanamo Bay are among highlights of the draft order of business of PACE's Spring Session. The President of Serbia and Montenegro Svetozar Marovic as well as Luxembourg...(>>>)
René van der Linden: ''The EU should make full use of the Council of Europe''
25.03.05 - Strasbourg,
The European Union should consider the Council of Europe as the primary framework for its ''neighbourhood policy'', sign up its treaties to create a ''single European legal space'' and make systematic use of its expertise, PACE President told Luxembourg parliamentarians on 23...(>>>)
''Ni Vu Ni Connu'', a video on genetic testing
25.03.05 - Strasbourg,
Carlos de Sola, head of the Council of Europe's bioethics department, is the guest on ''Ni Vu Ni Connu'', the web broadcast on cultural and scientific affairs produced by Strasbourg's Louis Pasteur University. In the interview he answers questions on the ethical and legal aspects...(>>>)
Committee of Ministers welcomes the release of political prisoners in Azerbaijan
24.03.05 - Strasbourg,
“The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe welcomes the President of Azerbaijan’s decision to pardon a large number of persons who had been identified as political prisoners by the Secretary General’s experts. It also welcomes the fact that the presidential pardon covers...(>>>)
Council of Europe parliamentary monitors welcome ‘new positive spirit’ in Ukraine but caution that revolutionary euphoria must now pass to concrete acts
24.03.05 - Strasbourg,
Parliamentary monitors from the Council of Europe yesterday welcomed “a new positive spirit” in Ukraine’s willingness to tackle its commitments to the Council of Europe, but said they were glad the new leadership “seems to have understood the necessity to pass from revolutionary...(>>>)
Committee of Ministers: exchange of views with Rasim Ljajic
23.03.05 - Strasbourg,
The Committee of Ministers will today hold an exchange of views with the President of the National Council for Cooperation with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY)...(>>>)
Chechen Round Table ends with decision to hold further talks
23.03.05 - Strasbourg,
List of participants Video of the press conference Resolution 1402 (>>>)
Educational worksheets on Bioethics: live debate in a Strasbourg high school
23.03.05 - Strasbourg,
On 22 March, a Council of Europe TV crew filmed a live debate on organ donation by students in their final year at the Lycée Jean Rostand. This exercise has tested one of the educational tools developed by the Bioethics department at the Council of Europe in co-operation with...(>>>)
Terry Davis and Alu Alkhanov discuss developments in the Chechen Republic
22.03.05 - Strasbourg,
The Secretary General and the Chechen President met today to discuss recent developments in Chechnya and the results of yesterday’s round table organised by the Parliamentary Assembly. Alu Alkhanov considered that the climate of the round table proved the unanimous opinion of...(>>>)
Capacity Building of local authorities and civil society in Southern and Eastern Europe
22.03.05 - Strasbourg,
The 2nd Steering Committee of the programme “Actions for capacity building of local authorities and civil society in Southern and Eastern Europe” financed by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs will take place in Rome on 22 March 2005. The meeting will include representatives...(>>>)
Russian mayors a matter for concern in the Council of Europe’s Congress of Local and Regional Authorities
22.03.05 - Strasbourg,
The President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe voiced his concern about the recent proposals for new legislation in Russia geared to changing the system for electing mayors. These changes are liable to reinforce the “vertical” structure...(>>>)
Terry Davis: “Political parties should be our strongest allies in achieving a society free of racism”
22.03.05 - Strasbourg,
“Political parties should be in the forefront of our active campaign against racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism and Islamophobia,” Terry Davis, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, stressed yesterday at the opening of a high-level meeting on the occasion of the International...(>>>)
Chechen Round Table in Strasbourg seeks to create ‘a broader basis for dialogue aiming at a political solution’
21.03.05 - Strasbourg,
Chechens from all sections of society, politicians, members of the Russian Presidential Administration, representatives of human rights NGOs and Council of Europe parliamentarians are among a total of more than sixty people who are expected to attend the Round Table on the political...(>>>)
Congress adopts texts on renewable energy sources and coastal management
18.03.05 - Strasbourg,
During its Spring Session on 17 March 2005, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities adopted Recommendation 161 (2005) and Resolution 193 (2005) on Renewable Energy Sources. The Recommendation calls on member governments to promote renewable energy sources by ceasing to...(>>>)
Council of Europe/European Union backing for steps to improve mutual co-operation
18.03.05 - Strasbourg,
High-level representatives from the Council of Europe and the European Union have expressed their support for a number of concrete measures aimed at boosting co-operation between the two organisations.(>>>)
Terry Davis: ''We cannot afford to wait for further terrorist attacks before acting''
17.03.05 - Strasbourg,
''I call on this Conference to provide a clear message of support for the new instruments which, once adopted by our Committee of Ministers, will be presented to the Summit of Council of Europe Heads of State and Government here in Warsaw this May'' said the Secretary General...(>>>)
Secretary General meets high EU representatives in Brussels
17.03.05 - Brussels,
Meeting in Brussels yesterday, Terry Davis and Javier Solana, the EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy, discussed in particular the present situation in Kosovo, as well as possible future developments in the province. Later in the day, the Secretary...(>>>)
The Ministers' Deputies to discuss reinforced cooperation with the OSCE
17.03.05 - Strasbourg,
At their 919th meeting on 16 March, the Chairman of the Rapporteur Group on Relations between the Council of Europe and the OSCE (GR-OSCE) presented a report of the first meeting of the Co-ordination Group between the Council of Europe and the OSCE, in Vienna on 7 March 2005....(>>>)
The accreditation form for the Summit of Council of Europe Heads of State and Government (Warsaw, 16-17 May 2005) is available online
17.03.05 - Strasbourg,
The accreditation form for journalists wishing to cover the forthcoming Summit of Council of Europe Heads of State and Government (Warsaw, 16-17 May 2005) is available online at www.warsawsummit.pl. An information note for journalists is also available at the same address. The...(>>>)
European Interior Ministers debate anti-terrorism and organised crime measures at Council of Europe Warsaw Conference
14.03.05 - Strasbourg,
Interior Ministers from Council of Europe member states are to meet in Warsaw for a conference reviewing new measures at European level to combat terrorism and organised crime. (17 and 18 March).(>>>)
Council of Europe: Congress Spring Session to focus on sustainable development
14.03.05 - Strasbourg,
Water management, local and regional waste management, problems of regenerating mining and industrial areas, and the siting of waste dumps will feature among the themes of the Spring Session of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, to be held...(>>>)
Meeting of the PACE Standing Committee in Paris
11.03.05 - Strasbourg,
The Standing Committee (*) of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) will be meeting in Paris on Friday 18 March. Members will hold an exchange of views with French European Affairs Minister Claudie Haigneré, focusing on the Council of Europe Summit of Heads...(>>>)
Parliamentary hearing on the media and terrorism
10.03.05 - Strasbourg,
The Committee on Culture, Science and Education of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) will be holding a hearing on the media and terrorism in Paris on 17 March.(>>>)
Council of Europe Secretary General at Madrid Terrorism Summit
10.03.05 - Strasbourg,
Council of Europe Secretary General Terry Davis will be one of the participants in the Madrid international summit on democracy, terrorism and security which is taking place from Tuesday 8 March to Friday 11 March. (>>>)
Venice Commission discusses Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Italy and Serbia
09.03.05 - Strasbourg,
The constitutional situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the powers of the High Representative, judicial reform in Georgia and the status of South Ossetia, media freedom in Italy - these are among the items on the agenda of the plenary session of the Council of Europe’s Venice...(>>>)
New role for NGOs at Council of Europe media conference in Ukraine
04.03.05 - Strasbourg,
Non-governmental organisations from across Europe will play a more important role then ever before in the Council of Europe’s ministerial conference on mass media policy in Kyiv on 10 and 11 March. (>>>)
Council of Europe moves to protect victims of terrorist acts
04.03.05 - Strasbourg,
The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe has just adopted Guidelines on the protection of victims of terrorist acts. Recognising the suffering endured by victims and their close families, the Committee considers that they should be shown national and international...(>>>)
Deputy Secretary General at the UN
02.03.05 - Strasbourg,
Maud de Boer-Buquicchio is attending the 49th plenary session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York from 1st to 6th March. On Tuesday 2 March, the Deputy Secretary General will meet Louise Arbour, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. On 3 March,...(>>>)
Killing children is wrong, says Secretary General of the Council of Europe
02.03.05 - Brussels,
“Killing children is wrong,” said Terry Davis, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, in welcoming today's decision of the United States Supreme Court in Roper v. Simmons declaring the imposition of the death penalty unconstitutional for offenders who were under the age...(>>>)
The Council of Europe's draft Convention on action against trafficking in human beings is still far from guaranteeing effective protection for victims
01.03.05 - Strasbourg,
"The draft Convention on action against trafficking in human beings is still far from guaranteeing the effective and adequate protection for victims which was the Committee of Ministers' objective when it instructed a group of experts to draft a convention which would have the...(>>>)
The integration of migrant women in Europe
01.03.05 - Strasbourg,
The integration of migrant women in Europe will be the theme of a hearing to take place on Tuesday 1st March in Paris. Organised by the Committee on Equal Opportunites for Women and Men and the Committee on Migration, Refugees and Population of the Parliamentary Assembly of the...(>>>)