Human Rights Commissioner encourages governments to sign new UN disability convention
30.03.07 - Strasbourg,
Thomas Hammarberg, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, encourages Council of Europe member states to sign the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Optional Protocol, when today it opens for signature and ratification. To raise awareness...(>>>)
Provisional editions of the resolution 1544 (2007) and recommendation 1790 (2007) on "the situation of women in the South Caucasus"
29.03.07 - Strasbourg,
The Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly’s Standing Committee has adopted on 16 March 2007 at its meeting in Paris the Provisional editions of the resolution 1544 (2007) and recommendation 1790 (2007) on "the situation of women in the South Caucasus" :(>>>)
Congress holds a debate on domestic violence
28.03.07 - Strasbourg,
On Tuesday 27 March, during the spring session of the Congress, its Chamber of Local Authorities held a debate on domestic violence against women, as part of the Congress’ contribution to the Council of Europe campaign “Stop domestic violence against women”. (>>>)
Council of Europe organises in Istanbul a symposium on inter-religious and intercultural dialogue
27.03.07 - Strasbourg,
Over two hundred young leaders and youth workers from around Europe and Asia will gather in Istanbul on 28-31 March to take part in the Symposium on Inter-Religious and Intercultural Dialogue in Youth Work within the framework of the Council of Europe’s "All Different - All Equal"...(>>>)
Spring session of the Congress: highlights include the campaign against domestic violence and a debate on street children
26.03.07 - Strasbourg,
The spring session of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities will be held in Strasbourg on 27 and 28 March. Among the main issues to be addressed will be the Congress’s participation in the Council of Europe campaigns against domestic violence and building a Europe...(>>>)
“Our task is to protect individual human rights, not to protect the Court from individual complaints”
22.03.07 - Strasbourg,
Addressing the colloquy on the future development of the European Court of Human Rights, held in San Marino on 22 and 23 March, Secretary General Terry Davis proposed four specific measures to improve in the short term the effectiveness of the Court. He also warned against ''the...(>>>)
Council of Europe supports informal Russian-Georgian discussions
22.03.07 - Strasbourg,
On 19 and 20 March, a group of about 30 officials, academics and journalists from Georgia and Russia held intense but constructive discussions on all aspects of relations between the two countries, at a location near Strasbourg. The meeting, which was the initiative of the Moscow...(>>>)
Council of Europe: 40 measures for combating racism at school Statement on International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination :
21.03.07 - Strasbourg,
“Across Europe, racist incidents among young people are on the rise. School is the place to make or break our efforts to stop this trend. The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) of the Council of Europe has today published a Recommendation comprising a list...(>>>)
Council of Europe published comprehensive report on building safe medication practices in Europe
21.03.07 - Strasbourg,
The Council of Europe published on its web (link) the report Creation of a better medication safety culture in Europe: Building up safe medication practices. Medication safety is fundamental to overall patient safety since medication is the most frequent therapy. (>>>)
Tolerance in practice: PACE President calls for fair and balanced coverage of migrant issues in the media
21.03.07 - Strasbourg,
To mark the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on 21 March, Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) President René van der Linden made the following statement:(>>>)
Future of the European Court of Human Rights: Council of Europe Colloquy in San Marino
20.03.07 - Strasbourg,
The future development of the European Court of Human Rights will be the focus of a colloquy held at the Conference Centre in San Marino on 22 and 23 March by the San Marino Chairmanship of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers.(>>>)
Third European Conference of Judges: “Which Council for Justice?”
20.03.07 - Strasbourg,
Italy’s High Council for the Judiciary will be hosting the Council of Europe’s 3rd European Conference of Judges in Rome on 26 and 27 March 2007. The conference will focus on the structure and role of “high councils for the judiciary” and equivalent bodies.(>>>)
The Council of Europe North-South Prize highlights the fight against violence towards women and the concept of fair trade
19.03.07 - Strasbourg,
The President of the Republic of Portugal, Anibal Cavaco Silva, has today awarded the 12th Council of Europe North-South Prize to Mukhtar Mai, a Pakistani woman and to Father Francisco Van Der Hoff of the Netherlands, at a ceremony Lisbon (11.30 a.m., São Bento Palace).(>>>)
Action against domestic violence: the Congress involves the universities of Strasbourg
19.03.07 - Strasbourg,
As part of the Council of Europe’s campaign “Stop domestic violence against Women”, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities – in co-operation with the City of Strasbourg, Marc Bloch University, the ITI-RI University and the Portuguese student association CHAMA – is organising...(>>>)
Georgia ratifies Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings
16.03.07 - Strasbourg,
Ambassador Zurab TCHIABERASHVILI, Permanent Representative of Georgia to the Council of Europe, handed to Maud de BOER-BUQUICCHIO the instrument of ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings.(>>>)
Statement by the Chair of the Committee of Ministers concerning the recent so-called "Parliamentary Elections" in Abkhazia, Georgia
15.03.07 - Strasbourg,
Fiorenzo Stolfi, Chair of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers, Minister for Foreign Affairs of San Marino, today declared that the Council of Europe does not recognise the legitimacy of the so-called "Parliamentary elections" held in Abkhazia, Georgia, on 4 March 2007...(>>>)
Forum for the Future of Democracy - “Power and Empowerment - the Interdependence of Democracy and Human Rights”
14.03.07 - Strasbourg,
The Council of Europe Conference of International NGOs and Sweden are jointly co-organising the annual Forum for the Future of Democracy, which will take place in Stockholm/Sigtuna (Sweden) on 13-15 June 2007. (>>>)
Venice Commission’s 70th session: discussions include freedom of expression v. freedom of religion and the Serbian constitution
13.03.07 - Strasbourg,
The Council of Europe’s European Commission for Democracy through Law (the “Venice Commission”) will be meeting in Venice on 16 and 17 March (Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista). This is its 70th session since it was set up in 1990.(>>>)
New Web Publication
12.03.07 - Tbilisi,
The Information Office has published on its web-site (right column) the new page, dedicated to the Council of Europe present Campaign titled – “Building a Europe for and with Children”. The page represents the Georgian version of the large electronic data located at the organisation’s...(>>>)
Italian prison expert to lead European anti-torture watchdog
09.03.07 - Strasbourg,
The Council of Europe's European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) has recently elected Mauro Palma, an Italian specialist on prison issues, as its new President.(>>>)
Women's Day dedicated to the Campaign against domestic violence
09.03.07 - Strasbourg,
‘‘Domestic violence against women - Breaking the silence'' is the theme of a conference organised on 8 March in the Council of Europe headquarters, on the occasion of the International Women’s Day. This conference took place under the patronage of the Secretary General, Terry...(>>>)
Local and regional authorities are the first line of defence of women’s rights - Statement by the Congress President
09.03.07 - Strasbourg,
“Leaders of our territorial communities, local and regional authorities across Europe have an important responsibility for improving the situation of women on our continent and advancing their role in public and political life,” stressed Halvdan Skard, President of the Council...(>>>)
PACE President calls for the long-term goal of ‘a visa-free European continent’
09.03.07 - Brussels,
Speaking at a meeting on “Establishing a Community code on visas”, organised by the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs in Brussels, René van der Linden, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), made a plea...(>>>)
New building for Council of Europe's European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines and HealthCare
09.03.07 - Strasbourg,
On 20 March, the Council of Europe will inaugurate a new building for its European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines & HealthCare (EDQM), which is in charge of the European Pharmacopoeia – the European network of Official Medicines Control Laboratories (OMCLs), blood transfusion...(>>>)
Domestic violence "one of the most widespread violations of human dignity", say PACE President and Human Rights Commissioner
07.03.07 - Strasbourg,
In an appeal to the 46 member states on the eve of International Women’s Day, Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly President René van der Linden and Human Rights Commissioner Thomas Hammarberg stress that domestic violence is one of the most widespread violations of human...(>>>)
New Publication
06.03.07 - Tbilisi,
The Information Office in co-operation with the Council of Europe Directorate General III of Social Cohesion and the Directorate of Communications have published in Georgian language the pack of leaflets under the title: Seven Good Reasons for Building Europe for and with Children....(>>>)
The Council of Europe Congress and the City of Strasbourg launch a poster campaign against domestic violence
06.03.07 - Strasbourg,
From 1 to 15 March 2007 the City of Strasbourg and the Council of Europe Congress of Local and Regional Authorities will be co-operating in a poster campaign against domestic violence throughout the Strasbourg metropolitan area. This activity will be conducted as part of the...(>>>)