Training programme on ill-treatment for the representatives of the Georgian Penitentiary System

 

12.04.2014

Between 12 and 17 April 2014, the Council of Europe is organising two 3-day training sessions for 43 representatives of the Georgian penitentiary system in the framework of the European Union/Council of Europe Joint Programme “Human Rights in Prisons and Other Closed Institutions” .... (>>>)

 

 International Conference on Legal Education

 

 

07.04.2014

On 8 and 9 April 2014 the Council of Europe will organise a regional conference in Tbilisi in the framework of the European Union / Council of Europe Joint Programme "Strengthening the capacity of lawyers and human rights defenders for domestic application of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and of the Revised European Social Charter (RESC) ".... (>>>)

 Training on mental health monitoring for the Public Defender’s Office

 

 

04.04.2014

On 7-11 April 2014, the Council of Europe will organise a five-day training course on mental health for representatives and experts of the National Preventive Mechanism and the Public Defender’s Office .... (>>>)

 Study visit on prison healthcare to Spain

 

 

31.03.2014

On 1-5 April 2014, the Council of Europe is organising a study visit to Spanish prisons and medical institutions for eight high-ranking officials, including the Minister of Corrections and his Deputy   .... (>>>)

 Roundtable Meetings on draft legislative package relating to surveillance activities and data protection

 

 

27.03.2014

On 27-28 March, the Council of Europe expert Prof. Joseph A. Cannataci will be holding roundtable meetings in Tbilisi with the authors of draft legislative package relating to surveillance activities and data protection  .... (>>>)

 Workshop on the Right to Respect For one's Private and Family Life through the Prism of Non-discrimination

 

 

27.03.2014

On 27 March 2014 the Council of Europe will organise a workshop on the Right to Respect for one's Private and Family Life through the Prism of Non-discrimination .... (>>>)

 Analysis of legislation on detention and treatment of persons with mental disabilities

 

25.03.2014

On 25 March 2014, the Council of Europe will present the findings of the analysis of the legal provisions, which relate to the detention and treatment of persons with mental disabilities in criminal proceedings in Georgia  .... (>>>)

 Training the staff of Temporary Detention Facilities on preventive health

 

20.03.2014

On 21 March 2014, the Council of Europe, the European Union and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia (MIA) will launch a training programme on “Health Promotion/Prevention Activities in Temporary Detention Facilities” for staff members of these facilities .... (>>>)

 

Council of Europe to provide its assistance in the development of by-laws to the Code of Imprisonment

 

20.03.2014

On 22-23 March 2014, the Ministry of Corrections of Georgia, with the assistance of the Council of Europe will hold a 2-day working session at Lopota Lake Resort to elaborate by-laws to the Code of Imprisonment required in view of the legislative amendments initiated by the Government in December 2013.... (>>>)

 

 Presenting the findings of the assessment of Psychiatric Establishments and mental health services   

 

14.03.2014

On 15 March 2014, the Council of Europe will present the findings of the assessment of Psychiatric Establishments to the Advisory Board on Mental Health. The assessment and the presentation is part of the European Union/Council of Europe joint programme “Human Rights in Prisons and Other Closed Institutions”....  (>>>)

 

 Statement of Deputy Secretary General on the Occasion of the International Women's Day  

 

11.03.2014

On the occasion of the International Women's Day, the Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, spoke about the risks of austerity policies for gender equality....  (>>>)

 

 A Life Without Violence Is Every Woman's Right

07.03.2014

Violence against women – whether psychological, verbal or physical – is one of the most widespread and insidious human rights abuses. ....  (>>>)

 Professional Development Programme for Prison Nurses

06.03.2014

On 7 March 2014, the Council of Europe, Ministry of Corrections and University of Georgia will launch a professional development programme for prison nurses, in the framework of the European Union/Council of Europe joint programme “Human rights in Prisons and Other Closed Institutions”....  (>>>)

Expert Opinion on Draft Laws on Data Protection and Surveillance Activities

05.03.2014 Tbilisi

On 5 March, the Data Protection Unit of the Directorate General of Human Rights and Rule of Law of the Council of Europe published its expert opinion on the draft Laws of Georgia relating to Surveillance Activities of Law Enforcement Authorities and National Security Agencies...  (>>>)

Penitentiary management to assess the mid-term implementation of Prison Healthcare Strategy and Action Plan

 

28.02.2014 Tbilisi

On 1-2 March 2014, the management of the Ministry of Corrections and its Medical Department will discuss the findings of the mid-term assessment of the implementation of the Georgian Prison Healthcare Strategy and its Action Plan ...  (>>>)

Meeting of the Monitoring Committee of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe 

19.02.2014 Tbilisi

The members of the Monitoring Committee of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities will be meeting in Nicosia (Cyprus) on 19 February 2014...  (>>>)

Conference on: “2013 Presidential Elections: Lessons Learned and Steps Ahead”

 

19.02.2014 Tbilisi

The Council of Europe and International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) with the support of the Swiss Confederation  and U.S. Agency for International Development USAID will organise a conference on “the 2013 Presidential Elections:  Lessons Learned and Steps Ahead on 19 February 2014 in Tbilisi, Georgia...  (>>>)

Comprehensive needs assessment of the High School of Justice

 

 

19.02.2014

The Council of Europe, in close cooperation with the High School of Justice (HSoJ) of Georgia, will conduct a comprehensive needs assessment of the HSoJ...  (>>>)

800 newly trained medical personnel and social workers to serve in prisons

19.02.2014 Tbilisi

On 19 February, in the framework of the Joint Programme of the European Union and the Council of Europe on “Human Rights in Prisons and Other Closed Institutions”, a comprehensive training programme to provide for the training of 800 medical personnel and social workers on health promotion and prevention activities in prisons was started...  (>>>)

 

Council of Europe and Georgia launch three-year Action Plan

 

05.02.2014 Tbilisi

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland will visit Tbilisi on 6 February for the official launch of the Organisation’s three-year action plan to support Georgia’s reform agenda in the areas of human rights, the rule of law and democracy...  (>>>)

Study Visit and Workshop on an Independent Investigative Mechanism

 

Tbilisi

From 28 to 1 February, the Council of Europe is organising a study visit and a workshop in Belgium for representatives of several Georgian institutions...  (>>>)

Greater efforts are needed to improve the administration of justice and promote tolerance

 

25.01.2014 Tbilisi

“Though Georgia has enacted important reforms in the justice system, further efforts are needed to strengthen the independence and impartiality of the judiciary," said Nils Muižnieks, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, at the end of a six-day visit to the country...  (>>>)

The Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights, Mr. Nils Muižnieks to give Press conference on 25 January

 

Tbilisi

The Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights, Mr Nils Muižnieks continues his 20-25 January visit to Georgia. Administration of justice and minorities issues are the main focus of the visit. Commissioner Muižnieks is having meetings with members of government and parliament, the Public Defender’s office, representatives of the Georgian Orthodox Church, civil society and representatives of religious and ethnic minorities...  (>>>)

Georgia: rapporteurs welcome improved political climate but stress that challenges remain

 

Strasbourg

Following their visit to Tbilisi from 13 to 16 January 2014, the co-rapporteurs for Georgia, Michael Aastrup Jensen (Denmark, ALDE) and Boriss Cilevics (Latvia, SOC), welcomed the improved political climate after the Presidential elections that was evident during their visit. At the same time, they emphasised that many challenges remain that need to be addressed in order to ensure normalisation of the political environment...  (>>>)

Sex-selective abortions are discriminatory and should be banned  

Strasbourg

Strasbourg, 15/1/2014 – “Selective abortions of female foetuses are well known from China and India, but they are common in some parts of Europe, too. This deeply discriminatory practice springs from the disadvantaged status of women in society.  (>>>)

Workshop on Anti-discrimination

Tbilisi

On 17-18 December, the Council of Europe is organising a thematic workshop on “Anti-discrimination under the European Convention on Human Rights: Protection against Discrimination on the Grounds of Religion, Expression and Assembly”. The workshop will start at 9:30am at the hotel Beaumonde Garden... (>>>)

Training for chief doctors of prisons

 

On 14-16 December and 17-19 December, two Council of Europe international experts will provide training on the effective provision and management of healthcare services in prisons to respectively chief doctors of prisons and staff of the medical department of Ministry of Corrections and Legal Assistance ... (>>>)

Celebration of International Human Rights Day

10.12.2013 Tbilisi

To celebrate the International Human Rights Day on 10 December, the Council of Europe Office in Georgia, the EU Delegation to Georgia, the Embassies of Sweden, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the United States of America, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, as well as the Office of High United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights, the Public Defender’s Office and the Eurasia Partnership Foundation invite you to a fair to celebrate Georgia’s diversity and highlight issues facing various minority groups residing in Georgia... (>>>)

PACE Ad hoc Committee report on the observation of the presidential election in Georgia (27 October 2013)

Vienna

The meeting of the Standing Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe was held in Vienna at the Austrian Parliament on 22 November 2013 under the Austrian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers. The Standing Committee discussed and took note of the report of the Ad hoc Committee of the Bureau chaired by Ms Meritxell Mateu Pi on the Observation of the presidential election in Georgia (27 October 2013)... (>>>)

Georgia among ten countries to receive periodic visit of the CPT in 2014

03.12.2013 Strasbourg

Strasbourg, 03.12.2013 - The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) announced today its 2014 programme of periodic visits... (>>>)

Round Table on Prison Healthcare Reform

03.12.2013 Tbilisi

On 3 December, a round table on the reform of healthcare in prisons will take place at the hotel “Old Tbilisi” in Tbilisi. The Minister of Corrections and Legal Assistance, Minister of Healthcare, Labour and Social Affairs and Minister of Justice will discuss the implementation of the prison healthcare strategy and action plan with the Public Defender, the EU’s Special Adviser on Legal and Constitutional Reform and Human Rights in Georgia, Mr Thomas Hammarberg, the Head of the Council of Europe Office in Georgia, Ms Caterina Bolognese, local experts and civil society representatives... (>>>)

Call for applications to participate in: International Seminar Anti-discrimination under the European Convention on Human Rights -Protections against Discrimination on the grounds of Religion, Opinion and Association

11.11.2013 Tbilisi

The Council of Europe together with the Training Centre of the Georgian Bar Association announces a call for applications to participate in a seminar on the topic of “Anti-discrimination under the European Convention on Human Rights- protections against discrimination on the grounds of religion, opinion, association”... (>>>)

Council of Europe anti-torture Committee urges European states to improve reporting of evidence of ill-treatment

06.11.2013 Strasbourg

The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) has urged the 47 Council of Europe member states to ensure the accurate and timely reporting of medical evidence of ill-treatment of detained persons, in order to facilitate investigations... (>>>)

Rapporteur assesses IDP accommodation conditions in Georgia

 04.11.2013

René Rouquet (France, SOC) will make a fact-finding visit to Georgia from 3 to 5 November to examine on the spot the situation of internally displaced people (IDPs) as part of the preparation of his report entitled “Alternatives to Europe’s sub-standard IDP collective centres”... (>>>)

Fundamental freedoms respected in well-administered presidential election in Georgia, international observers say

 28.10.2013

The 27 October presidential election in Georgia was efficiently administered, transparent and took place in an amicable and constructive environment, the international observers concluded in a preliminary statement released today. Fundamental freedoms of expression, movement and assembly were respected, and candidates were able to campaign without restriction... (>>>)

Round-table to discuss the draft amendments to the Georgian Law on Psychiatric Care

 24.10.2013

On 18 October, a workshop on improving the effectiveness of psychiatric aid for prisoners was held in Tbilisi, in the framework of the EU/CoE Joint Programme “Human Rights in Prisons and Other Closed Institutions”. .. (>>>)

PACE to observe the presidential election in Georgia

 23.10.2013 Strasbourg

A 26-member delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), led by Meritxell Mateu Pi (Andorra, ALDE), will travel to Georgia from 25 to 28 October to observe the conduct of the presidential election, alongside observers from the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, the European Parliament, the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR)... (>>>)

Study Visit to Slovenia for the National Preventive Mechanism of Georgia

 17.10.2013

Within the framework of the Joint Programme of the European Union and Council of Europe “Human Rights in Prisons and Other Closed Institutions”, a study visit to Slovenia for staff of the National Preventive Mechanism (NPM) of the Public Defender’s Office of Georgia will take place on 22-24 October 2013... (>>>)

Council of Europe releases stock-taking report on investigating ill-treatment in Georgia

 15.10.2013

On 17 October, the Council of Europe will release a report on investigating ill-treatment in Georgia. The report has been prepared by Mr Jim Murdoch, a Council of Europe consultant, following a stock-taking visit to Georgia in February 2013... (>>>)

Council of Europe’s Anti-Racism Commission publishes conclusions on the implementation of its priority recommendations in respect of Georgia

 15.10.2013 Strasbourg

The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) today published its conclusions on the implementation of priority recommendations made in its report on Georgia which had been released in 2010... (>>>)

Vacancy

 11.10.2013

The Council of Europe announces a call for applications for the following vacancy... (>>>)

Joint Council of Europe/EU declaration

 10.10.2013 Strasbourg

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, and the European Union's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton, have issued a joint declaration to mark the 7th European Day against the Death Penalty (10 October)... (>>>)

2013 Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize awarded to Belarusian human rights activist Ales Bialiatski

 30.09.2013 Tbilisi

Strasbourg, 30.09.2013 – The first ever Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize – which honours outstanding civil society action in defence of human rights – has been awarded to Belarusian human rights activist Ales Bialiatski... (>>>)

European Day of Languages

 27.09.2013 Tbilisi

European Day of Languages, which is being celebrated in the whole world on 26 September since 2001, was initiated by the Council of Europe to celebrate rich cultural heritage and plurilingualism in Europe... (>>>)

Council of Europe trains Georgian lawyers and human rights defenders on European Convention on Human Rights and the Revised European Social Charter

 27.09.2013 Tbilisi

The Council of Europe starts a series of training of trainers (ToT) sessions for Georgian lawyers and human rights defenders focusing on the application of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and of the Revised European Social Charter (RESC). Training seminars will particularly highlight anti-discrimination standards... (>>>)

International Conference of Judges to be held on 27-28 September

 27-28.09.2013 Tbilisi

More than two hundred Georgian judges, as well as invited international experts and professionals, donors and representatives of executive government will hear the speeches of Davit Usupashvili - the Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia, Konstantine Kublashvili – the Chairman of the Supreme Court of Georgia, and Thea Tsulukiani – the Minister of Justice of Georgia... (>>>)

Statement by the PACE pre-electoral delegation visiting Georgia

 26.09.2013

The pre-electoral delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE)*, ending a two-day visit to Georgia, noted that there was currently a more open, and equally competitive, electoral environment compared to other recent elections. Georgia has the possibility to conduct a Presidential election which enjoys its citizens’ confidence and meets Council of Europe standards, the delegation said... (>>>)

Call to halt the construction of border fences in Abkhazia and South Ossetia

 23.09.2013 Strasbourg

The co-rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) for Georgia, Michael Aasstrup Jensen (Denmark, ALDE) and Boriss Cilevics (Latvia, SOC) expressed their concern about the resumption of the installation of fences and other physical obstacles by Russian border guards along the administrative borderlines with South Ossetia and Abkhazia... (>>>)

PACE delegation's pre-electoral visit to Tbilisi

 23.09.2013

24 and 25 September, Georgia - A PACE delegation will carry out a pre-election mission to Tbilisi to assess the electoral campaign and context prior to the presidential election on 27 October. The delegation is due to meet the President of the Republic, the Prime Minister, the Speaker of Parliament and election candidates... (>>>)

Training for the Prosecutor’s Office on support to victims of domestic and other violence

 20-21.09.2013

Council of Europe experts Bianca Petkova (Women’s Aid UK) and Inês Jorge (APAV - Portuguese Association for Victim Support) trained a group of 16 coordinators of victims’ support centers of the Prosecutor’s Office on support to victims of domestic violence and other violent crime... (>>>)

PACE rapporteurs statement on Georgia: call for an acceptable compromise between flexibility and constitutional stability

 17.09.2013

“We take note of the discussions in the parliament about amendments to the Constitution. We call upon the parliament to take into account any comments by the Venice Commission when discussing these amendments,” said the two co-rapporteurs for Georgia of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Michael Aastrup Jensen (Denmark, ALDE) and Boriss Cilevics (Latvia, SOC)... (>>>)

CoE experts to conduct an assessment of four mental health institutions in Georgia

 16.09.2013

Two teams of international and national experts from the Council of Europe will be conducting an assessment of four mental health institutions across Georgia from 16 to 20 September: the Centre of Mental Health and Prevention of Addiction in Tbilisi, the Republican Psycho-neurological Clinical Hospital in Makhinjauri, the Naneishvili National Center of Mental Health in Khoni and the Psycho-Neurological Dispensary in Telavi... (>>>)

Venice Commission's Draft opinion on Georgian draft constitutional amendments now public

 13.09.2013

On 13 September the Council of Europe's Commission For Democracy Through Law (Venice Commission) made public its draft opinion on select Georgian draft constitutional amendments. This draft opinion will be tabled for adoption at the Commission's next session in Venice on 11-12 October 2013... (>>>)

Ethno Jazz concert organised by Council of Europe and the Armenian Embassy in Georgia

 Tbilisi

On 12 September an ethno jazz concert by Miqayel Voskanyan and Friends will be held at Café de France, 3/5 G. Tabidze str. Tbilisi. The concert is organised jointly by the Council of Europe and the Armenian Embassy in Georgia. The event is held to celebrate the Armenian Chairmanship of the Council of Europe. It will also be an occasion to raise awareness of the Council of Europe’s No Hate Speech Movement... (>>>)

Council of Europe holds conference on free and fair media during the 2013 presidential elections in Georgia .

 Tbilisi

On 29 August 2013, at the Courtyard Hotel in Tbilisi, the Council of Europe, with the financial support of the Swiss Government, organised a conference on "The Role of Free and Fair Media during the 2013 Presidential Elections".  ... (>>>)

Training for the HSoJ Students on European Convention on Human Rights

10-11.08.2013

A Council of Europe expert, Marek Nowicki (Presiding Member of the Human Rights Advisory Panel of the United Nations Mission in Kosovo) conducted a training seminar for the Georgian High School of Justice (HSoJ) students in Kachreti... (>>>)

Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes report on Georgia

31.07.2013 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) has published today the report on its November 2012 ad hoc visit to Georgia, together with the Georgian authorities’ response... (>>>)

Competition for future trainers (Training of Trainers)

23.07.2013 Tbilisi

Closing Date: 22 August 2013
Location : Tbilisi
The Council of Europe, in the framework of the European Union and Council of Europe Joint Programme “Strengthening the lawyers’ capacity for domestic application of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and of the Revised European Social Charter (RESC)”, together with the Training Centre of the Georgian Bar Association, announces an open competition for the selection of future trainers of defence lawyers and human rights defenders...
(>>>)

The European Union and the Council of Europe launch new Joint Programme on Georgian Prisons

09.07.2013 Tbilisi

On 9 July 2013, at the Holiday Inn, the Council of Europe with the support of the European Union has launched the Joint Programme “Human Rights in Prisons and Other Closed Institutions” dedicated to strengthening human rights and improving access to health care for persons deprived of their liberty. .. (>>>)

Council of Europe experts present recommendations on party financing in Georgia

 Tbilisi

Council of Europe experts Lisa Klein and Justin Fisher presented their recommendations on the political party and campaign finance reform process in Georgia... (>>>)

Religions and International Human Rights Law

08.07.2013

8-26 July, Strasbourg - The International Institute of Human Rights (IIHR) will organise its 44th annual study session on “Religions and International Human Rights Law". Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland will open the session. Among the participants will be Jean-Paul Costa, President of the IIHR and former President of the European Court of Human Rights... (>>>)

Statement of the Congress Monitoring Committee on the current political situation in Georgia

04.07.2013

Following the meeting of the Congress Monitoring Committee, which was held in Tbilisi (Georgia) on 3 July 2013, the President of the Committee Lars O Molin, expressed his committee’s concern regarding the current political situation in Georgia... (>>>)

Venice Commission adopts an opinion on the draft Law on the Temporary State Commission on Miscarriages of Justice

15-16.06.2013

At its 95th Plenary Session on 15-16 June, the Venice Commission adopted a Joint Opinion of the Council of Europe's Venice Commission and Directorate for Justice and Human Dignity on the draft Law on the Temporary State Commission on Miscarriages of Justice of Georgia... (>>>)

PACE monitors react to recent developments in Georgia

24.05.2013 Strasbourg

Michael Aastrup Jensen (Denmark, ALDE) and Boriss Cilevics (Latvia, SOC), the co-rapporteurs for the monitoring of Georgia by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), have called on the Georgian authorities to ensure that the legal proceedings against former Prime Minister Merabishvili and former Healthcare Minister Tchiaberashvili are conducted transparently and in a way which fully respects Georgia’s obligations under Articles 5 and 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights... (>>>)

 

Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights comments on 17 May events in Tbilisi

Strasbourg

The violence which took over the streets in Tbilisi on the International Day against Homophobia in Tbilisi has shown that the measures taken by the Government were insufficient to ensure the safety of persons taking part in the LGBTI rally. The police was unprepared to cope with the large number of counter-demonstrators, a number of whom assaulted participants in the LGBTI rally... (>>>)

Training for the new Prison Study Centre

Tbilisi

On 8-11 May, Council of Europe experts conducted a training seminar for the staff of the Prison Study Centre (PSC). The PSC is the first research institute in the penitentiary and probation field ever established in Georgia. It was set up by the Penitentiary and Probation Training Centre and the Tbilisi State University of Tbilisi in December 2012. ... (>>>)

Armenia sets Council of Europe Chairmanship Priorities

16.05.2013

From 16 May to 13 November Armenia is chairing for the first time the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. The Armenian Chairmanship priorities and objectives have been defined in response to the challenges that Council of Europe member States are facing today with regard to the protection of human rights, the further strengthening of democracy and the respect of the rule of law. The Armenian Chairmanship will pursue the following goals... (>>>)

International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

16.05.2013 Strasbourg

On the occasion of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) Secretary General Jagland called on Member States to fight discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity... (>>>)

Consequences of the war between Russia and Georgia: PACE delegation regrets refusal by de facto authorities to meet them in Sukhumi and Tskhinvali

17.05.2013 Strasbourg

A delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE)* looking into the consequences of the 2008 war between Russia and Georgia has deeply regretted that the de facto authorities in Tskhinvali and Sukhumi refused to receive the delegation. The delegation has just returned from a visit to Moscow and Tbilisi (12-15 May 2013)... (>>>)

Vacancy

Strasbourg

The Council of Europe announces a call for applications for the following vacancy... (>>>)

Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili addresses PACE

23.04.2013 Strasbourg

Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili addresses PACE  ... (>>>)

Roundtable on Independent Mechanisms of Investigation of Serious Human Rights Violations

19.04.2013 Tbilisi

On 22-23 April 2013, a roundtable on independent mechanisms to investigate serious human rights violations by law-enforcement officials will take place at the Holiday Inn hotel in Tbilisi. ... (>>>)

PACE monitoring co-rapporteurs for Georgia welcome justice system reforms and urge consensus on High Council of Justice

16.04.2013 Strasbourg

The co-rapporteurs for the monitoring of Georgia by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Michael Aastrup Jensen (Denmark, ALDE) and Boriss Cilevics (Latvia, SOC), have welcomed the recently adopted reforms of the justice system... (>>>)

Training for judges' legal assistants on freedom of thought, conscience and religion and prohibition of discrimination

12.04.2013 Tbilisi

A training seminar for a new group of legal assistants of judges of first instance courts will take place on 13-14 April at the High School of Justice. .. (>>>)

Vacancies

03.04.2013 Tbilisi


The Council of Europe Office in Georgia announces call for applications for the following vacancies ... (>>>)

PACE monitoring co-rapporteurs for Georgia welcome yesterday’s adoption of constitutional amendment

Strasbourg

26.03.2013 – The monitoring co-rapporteurs for Georgia of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Michael Aastrup Jensen (Denmark, ALDE) and Boriss Cilevics (Latvia, SOC), have welcomed yesterday’s adoption, with broad bipartisan support, of the constitutional amendment that removed the possibility for the President to appoint a new government without the parliament’s approval... (>>>)

Interior Minister meets Secretary-General, signs three conventions and attends signature of new EU/CoE joint programme on "Human Rights and healthcare in prisons and other closed institutions in Georgia"

Strasbourg

On 25 March Interior Minister Irakli Garibashvili visited Strasbourg, where he met with Council of Europe Secretary-General Thorbjørn Jagland, among others. The Minister informed Secretary-General Jagland about ongoing and planned reforms in the law enforcement area. During his visit, Minister Garibashvili deposited Georgia's signature of three important treaties... (>>>)

Local and regional democracy in Georgia

Strasbourg

20.03.2013 – The members of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, meeting at the Congress session in Strasbourg (France), have examined a report on the situation of local and regional democracy in Georgia following a monitoring visit to the country in June 2012... (>>>)

94th Plenary Session of the Venice Commission (Venice)

 

The Council of Europe's Venice Commission held its 94th plenary session in Venice on 8-9 March 2013. It held an exchange of views with Georgian participants and adopted ... (>>>)

Minister of Corrections Opens Training Seminar on Social Work for Probation Officers

Tbilisi

On 25 February 2013, the first five-day training seminar on the role of social work in the work of probation officers was opened by Minister of Corrections and Legal Assistance Sozar Subari, together with Deputy Ministers Grigoal Giorgadze and Sopio Japaridze. ... (>>>)

Study visit of a group of Georgian prosecutors to the European Court of Human Rights

Strasbourg 6-7 March

A study visit of a group of ten Georgian prosecutors to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) and the Council of Europe headquarters in Strasbourg will take place on 6-7 March 2013, in the framework of Denmark’s Georgia Programme 2010-2013 “Promotion of Judicial Reform, Human and Minority Rights”.... (>>>)

Congress fact-finding mission to Georgia

Strasbourg

A delegation of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe will carry out a fact-finding mission to Georgia on 27 and 28 February 2013 to obtain information on the situation of local and regional democracy in this country since the last elections, held in October 2012... (>>>)

Training for judges on European Convention on Human Rights and relevant case law of the European Court of Human Rights

Tbilisi

Within the framework of the Denmark’s Georgia Programme 2010-2013 “Promotion of Judicial Reform, Human and Minority Rights” a training seminar for judges will take place on 16-17 February at the High School of Justice... (>>>)

Visit by the Deputy Secretary-General of the Council of Europe, Ms Gabriella Battaini Dragoni

Tbilisi

The Deputy Secretary-General of the Council of Europe, Ms Gabriella Battaini Dragoni, is visiting Tbilisi on 14 and 15 February. She will be accompanied by the Director of Political Advice, Mr Alexandre Guessel, and the Director of the Office of the Directorate-General of Programmes, Ms Verena Taylor... (>>>)

PACE rapporteurs condemn violence at Tbilisi protests

Strasbourg 08.02.2013

The co-rapporteurs on Georgia of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Michael Aastrup Jensen (Denmark, ALDE) and Boriss Cilevics (Latvia, SOC), have condemned the outbreak of violence during today’s protest in front of the National Library in Tbilisi where President Saakashvili was scheduled to make his “State of the Union” address.. .... (>>>)

Georgia - forthcoming opinions on the judiciary and on the Amnesty Law- country visit

Tbilisi

A delegation of the Venice Commission is visiting Tbilisi on 6 and 7 February 2013 to meet with representatives from the Ministry of Justice, the President of the Supreme Court, the vice president of the Constitutional court, the Judges’ Association of Georgia and representatives of the civil society. .... (>>>)

Venice Commission and Georgia agree to co-operate on constitutional revision and legislative reforms

Strasbourg 04.02.2013

At the end of his two-day visit to Georgia, the President of the Venice Commission presented his views on the current situation in the country at a press conference.... (>>>)

Training for judges' legal assistants on freedom of thought, conscience and religion and prohibition of discrimination

Tbilisi

Within the framework of the Denmark’s Georgia Programme 2010-2013 “Promotion of Judicial Reform, Human and Minority Rights” a training seminar for a new group of legal assistants of judges of first instance courts will take place on 2-3 February at the High School of Justice. ... (>>>)

Venice Commission President Sums Up Georgia Visit

Tbilisi 31.01 2013

The Council of Europe’s advisory body for legal affairs, Venice Commission, may appoint a liaison officer in Georgia as country’s new authorities prepare for launch of a process for major constitutional overhaul.... (>>>)

Visit by the President of the Venice Commission

Tbilisi

Mr Gianni Buquicchio, President of the Venice Commission, and Ms Simona Granata-Menghini, Deputy Secretary of the Commission, visit Georgia to meet with the authorities, in particular with representatives of the new parliamentary majority and of the government... (>>>)

PACE Monitoring Committee publishes information note on Georgia

Strasbourg, 28. 01.2013

The Monitoring Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) made public an information note by the co-rapporteurs on the honouring of obligations and commitments by Georgia, Michael Aastrup Jensen (Denmark, ALDE) and Boris Cilevics (Latvia, SOC), on their fact-finding visit to Tbilisi and Kutaisi (5-7 December 2012). The note focuses on cohabitation, the prosecution of former government members and ministerial officials, the parliamentary resolution on political prisoners, prison reform and the amnesty law as well as reform of the justice system and law enforcement agencies... (>>>)

The Human Rights and Civil Integration Committee visits the Council of Europe

Strasbourg, 28-29. 01.2013

An exchange of views with Mr Wojciech Sawicki, Secretary General of the Parliamentary Assembly and Nino Tsotsoria, the Georgian judge at the European Court of Human Rights, are on the agenda of the study visit for members of the Human Rights and Civil Integration Committee of the Parliament of Georgia, organised by the Council of Europe, with the support of the Embassy of the Netherlands to Georgia... (>>>)

Seminar for prosecutors and judges on the “Allegations of Ill-treatment and Criminal Procedure”

Tbilisi, 25.01. 2013

The Council of Europe, in the framework of the EU/CoE Joint Programme “Reinforcing the Fight against Ill-treatment and Impunity” is organising a two-day seminar for prosecutors and judges on “Allegations of Ill-treatment and Criminal Procedure”... (>>>)

Georgia-Russia: four years after the war, people's lives should take precedence over politics

Strasbourg, 24.01. 2013

The urgent humanitarian needs following the conflict between Georgia and Russia in 2008 have been dealt with, but there are still significant long-term humanitarian challenges which cannot be solved as long as "people's lives are becoming trumped by politics", PACE said today... (>>>)

PACE Winter Session: address by Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili

Strasbourg, 11.01. 2013

Addresses by Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle, and Italian Justice Minister Paola Severino (to be confirmed) are among highlights of the 2013 Winter Session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), taking place in Strasbourg from 21 to 25 January.... (>>>)

Council of Europe issues report on measures to combat money laundering and terrorism financing in Georgia

Strasbourg, 21.12. 2012

The Council of Europe’s MONEYVAL Committee published a report with a detailed action plan on measures to combat money laundering and terrorist financing in Georgia... (>>>)

PACE Rapporteur for Georgia: political majority and opposition should make cohabitation work

Strasbourg, 11.12. 2012

Following his visit to Tbilisi and Kutaisi from 5 to 7 December, Boriss Cilevics (Latvia SOC), co-rapporteur of the Assembly for Georgia, called on the political majority and opposition to fully respect each other’s constitutional roles and, in the interest of all Georgian citizens, ensure that the cohabitation between President and Government works... (>>>)

A conference "The 2012 Parliamentary elections: lessons learned and steps ahead"

Tbilisi  

On 30 November, 2012, a conference "The 2012 Parliamentary elections: lessons learned and steps ahead", organized by the Council of Europe was held in Tbilisi with the assistance of the Government of Switzerland... (>>>)

PACE monitoring co-rapporteurs to visit Georgia

Strasbourg  04.12.2012

Strasbourg, 04.12.2012 – Michael Aastrup Jensen (Denmark, ALDE) and Boriss Cilevičs (Latvia, SOC), co-rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) for the honouring of obligations and commitments by Georgia, will undertake a fact-finding visit to the country from 5 to 7 December 2012... (>>>)

The movie Parada at the Tbilisi International Film Festival

Tbilisi  04.12.2012

Come to watch the movie Parada at the Tbilisi International Film Festival. Parada will be screened in the original Serbian, and with Georgian and English subtitles, at 5pm on Saturday 8 December at Rustaveli Cinema... (>>>)

Effective measures needed to eradicate ill-treatment and torture in Georgia

Strasbourg 04.12.2012

“The Georgian authorities should address long-standing concerns about ill-treatment of prisoners and other detained persons by public officials and take effective steps to repair the system of accountability... (>>>)

Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits Georgia

Strasbourg 28.11.2012

A delegation of the Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) recently carried out a five-day visit to Georgia.... (>>>)

Conference on “The 2012 Parliamentary elections: lessons learned and steps ahead”

Tbilisi 29.11.2012

Desirable measures to ensure that the organisation and management of the upcoming presidential elections in Georgia continue the clear improvements in compliance with European and international standards shown during the 2012 parliamentary elections is going to be the subject of the conference organised by the Council of Europe, with the support of the Swiss Confederation, on 30 November 2012, in Tbilisi, Georgia.... (>>>)

Georgia-Russia conflict: politics poisoning humanitarian progress, PACE committee warns

Strasbourg 28.11.2012

Four years on from the war between Georgia and Russia, a committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has warned against politics poisoning possibilities for progress on humanitarian issues arising from the war.... (>>>)

States should do more to protect women from violence

Strasbourg,

Around the world – and indeed across Europe – women are beaten and threatened. Domestic violence is the most common form of abuse of women worldwide, irrespective of economics, religion or culture, says Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, in his latest Human Rights Comment published on 09 October... (>>>)

Council of Europe report calls for better co-operation to prevent trafficking, protect victims and prosecute offenders

Strasbourg,

In its latest annual report, published on 4 October, the Council of Europe’s anti-trafficking watchdog GRETA (Group of experts on action against trafficking in human beings) has urged countries across the continent to step up the fight against human trafficking... (>>>)

 

Strasbourg, 05-11.10.2012  

Be part of the debate at the Strasbourg World Forum for Democracy. You can follow the Council of Europe's coverage of the event via its Twitter, Facebook and blog social media channels and contribute your experience in real time... (>>>)

Secretary General Jagland calls for a constructive handover of government after the elections in Georgia

Strasbourg, 03.10.2012  

On 3 October Secretary General Jagland issued the following statement on the results of the Georgian elections:
“The successful completion of open and competitive elections, recognised as democratic by the international observers including members of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly, should be seen as a clear and unequivocal sign of the success of the democratic transformation of Georgian society over the last few years...
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PACE President welcomes the constructive approach taken by President Saakashvili

Strasbourg, 03.10.2012  

“Georgia has taken an important step in consolidating the conduct of democratic elections. I particularly wish to welcome the constructive approach taken by President Mikheil Saakashvili, who has announced that he wishes to facilitate the process for forming a new government...  (>>>)

European Court of Human Rights judgment on the arrests of five Georgian activists in 2006

Strasbourg, 02.10.2012  

In the case Kakabadze and Others v. Georgia (application no. 1484/07), the European Court of Human Rights held on 2 October that there had been...  (>>>)

Georgia takes important step in consolidating conduct of democratic elections, but some key issues remain, election observers say

Strasbourg, 02.10.2012  

Georgia’s parliamentary elections marked an important step in consolidating the conduct of democratic elections, although certain key issues remain to be addressed, concluded the international election observers in a statement released today...  (>>>)

PACE to observe the parliamentary elections in Georgia

Strasbourg 25.09.2012 

A 22-member delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), led by Luca Volontè (Italy, EPP/CD), will travel to Georgia from 29 September to 2 October to observe the conduct of the parliamentary elections alongside observers from the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, European Parliament, NATO Parliamentary Assembly and OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR)....  (>>>)

PACE monitoring co-rapporteurs shocked at Georgian prisoner abuse videos

Strasbourg 20.09.2012 

The monitoring co-rapporteurs for Georgia of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Michael Aastrup Jensen (Denmark, ALDE) and Boriss Cilevics (Latvia, SOC), have expressed their shock at the videos that have surfaced in Georgia showing prisoners being abused and tortured by prison guards...  (>>>)

Georgia: PACE President shocked by ill-treatment of prisoners

Strasbourg 20.09.2012 

Jean Claude Mignon, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), today issued the following statement:
“I was shocked and horrified to see media images of prison guards violently assaulting inmates in a prison in Georgia.
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Georgia - Parliamentary elections - Mission of legal assistance to the Central Election Commission of Georgia 06/09/2012 - 17/10/2012

Tbilisi 

At the request of the Central Election Commission of Georgia (the CEC) in the context of the forthcoming parliamentary elections (1 October 2012), a Venice Commission election expert assists the CEC in preparing the elections...  (>>>)

Upcoming parliamentary elections crucial for Georgia’s democratic development

Strasbourg 12.09.2012 

The forthcoming parliamentary elections in Georgia, on 1 October 2012, are crucial for Georgia’s democratic development and will be a litmus test to confirm the country’s commitment to democratic values and principles, said the pre-electoral delegation (1) of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) that visited Tbilisi on 11 and 12 September 2012...  (>>>)

Internally displaced persons in Europe: Another lost generation?

Strasbourg 04.09.2012 

The media have frequently raised the prospect of a “lost generation” appearing in Europe as a result of the economic crisis. However, a different kind of “lost generation” has been struggling to cope in many European countries as the result of past military-political crises. I have in mind Europe’s internally displaced persons (IDPs), some of whom have been facing extremely difficult circumstances for decades...  (>>>)

PACE delegation makes pre-electoral visit to Tbilisi

Strasbourg 06.09.2012 

A five-member delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), led by Luca Volontè (Italy, EPP/CD), will carry out a pre-electoral mission to Tbilisi on 11-12 September 2012, ahead of the parliamentary elections in Georgia on 1 October 2012, to assess the electoral framework and campaign...  (>>>)

Working group meeting to revise training programmes for prison and probation staff

August 2012

On 30 August, a four-day working group meeting on the revision of all programmes run by the Penitentiary and Probation Training Centre (PPTC) will take place at the PPTC in Rustavi. . ..  (>>>)

Training seminar on European standards of imprisonment and Georgian legislation 

August 2012

On 27-28 August, a two-day training seminar on European standards of imprisonment and Georgian legislation is planned to take place in Borjomi (Georgia) for lawyers of the Legal Aid Service of the Ministry of Corrections and Legal Assistance, prosecutors from Guria, Samtskhe-Javakheti and Racha-Lechkhumi and NGOs working in penitentiary field. ..  (>>>)

PACE rapporteurs for Georgia express concern about financial actions against the Georgian Dream coalition

21.08.2012 - Strasbourg

Strasbourg, 21.08.2012 - The co-rapporteurs for Georgia of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Michael Aastrup Jensen (Denmark, ALDE) and Boriss Cilevics (Latvia, SOC) today expressed their concern about the reports that the Georgian authorities have seized the bank accounts of the Georgian Dream opposition coalition...  (>>>)

Roundtable on the voter’s list 

15.08.2012 - Tbilisi

On 16 August a roundtable on “Building the Capacity of the Voter's List Verification Commission” will be held at Betsy’s hotel. ..  (>>>)

Winners Essay Competition!

08.08.2012 - Tbilisi

The Council of Europe Office in Georgia would like to congratulate the fifteen winners of the essay competition “Elections and Me”. Particular congratulations go to David Zhorzholiani, Zaza Zangurashvili and Nutsa Ghuladze, who have respectively won the first, second and third prize for their essays...  (>>>)

Corrections Ministry “Universal Officer” training programme to be reviewed

July 2012

A working group meeting to review the long-term training programme for “Universal Officers” of the Ministry of Corrections and Legal Assistance will take place at the Penitentiary and Probation Training Centre (PPTC) on 30 July 2012.  . (>>>)

2011 annual report of the Public Defender of Georgia

July 2012

The English language edition of the 2011 annual report of the Public Defender of Georgia (PDO) on the Protection of Human Rights and Freedoms in Georgia was finalized and printed in July 2012.  (>>>)

Draft regulations on penitentiary issues to be discussed at a round table: for staff managing prisoners' daily regimes and for the prisoners transportation unit

July 2012

In the framework of Denmark’s Georgia Programme 2010-2013 “Promotion of Judicial Reform, Human and Minority Rights”, a round table will be held to present two draft regulations on penitentiary issues: for prison officers managing the daily regime in penitentiary institutions and for the prisoners transportation unit.  . (>>>)

Legal expertise of the Draft Code on Administrative Offences of Georgia

July 2012

The Legal Expertise was conducted on request of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Georgia with a view to ensuring the administrative offences legal framework which would be in line with the relevant European standards and best practices. . (>>>)

Istanbul Convention on combating violence against women

06.07.2012

9-10 July, Batumi (Georgia) – The Council of Europe will organise a regional seminar in promotion of its Convention (Istanbul Convention)... (>>>)

Round Table on Freedom of Information in Georgia

Tbilisi - 06.07.2012

On 6 July 2012 a round table on freedom of information in Georgia will be held at the hotel Betsy’s, Tbilisi...... (>>>)

Training Seminar on Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights

Tbilisi - 05.07.2012

On 5 July 2012 a training seminar on Article 10 (freedom of expression) of the European Convention on Human Rights will be held at the hotel Betsy’s, Tbilisi...... (>>>)

Working group meeting to draft regulation for the prisoners transportation unit

Tbilisi

In the framework of Denmark’s Georgia Programme 2010-2013 “Promotion of Judicial Reform, Human and Minority Rights”, a three-day working group meeting to draft a regulation for the prisoners transportation unit will take place at Lopota Lake Resort on 6-8 July 2012. ..... (>>>)

PACE adopts report on the progress of the Assembly’s monitoring procedure from June 2011 to May 2012

Strasbourg

PACE adopts report on the progress of the Assembly’s monitoring procedure from June 2011 to May 2012..... (>>>)

Call for applications: Civil Society Debate - Strasbourg 7-8 October 2012 - deadline 16 July 2012

Strasbourg

Call for applications: Civil Society Debate - Strasbourg 7-8 October 2012 - deadline 16 July 2012..... (>>>)

Committee of Ministers replies to the PACE Recommendation 1979 (2011) on prenatal sex selection

26.06.2012-Strasbourg

Committee of Ministers replies to the PACE Recommendation 1979 (2011) on prenatal sex selection..... (>>>)

Training for judges' legal assistants on ECHR Articles 10 and 11

Tbilisi

A two-day training seminar for a new group of judges’ legal assistants of first instance courts will take place on 7-8 July at the High School of Justice...... (>>>)

2012 Council of Europe Youth Peace Camp a symbol of 40 years work with and for young people

22.06.2012-Strasbourg

The 2012 Youth Peace Camp, starting today, is a symbol of the work done with and for young people by the Council of Europe over the last four decades and more. The camp, which runs until 30 June, is being held at the Strasbourg European Youth Centre, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.
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Working group meeting to draft regulation for prison officers

Tbilisi

In the framework of Denmark’s Georgia Programme 2010-2013 “Promotion of Judicial Reform, Human and Minority Rights”, a three-day working group meeting to draft a regulation for prison officers managing the daily regime in penitentiary institutions will take place at Lopota Lake Resort on 22-24 June 2012. .... (>>>)

Study visit of two groups of students of High School of Justice to the European Court of Human Rights

Tbilisi

A study visit of two groups of students of High School of Justice (HSoJ) to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) and the Council of Europe headquarters in Strasbourg will take place on 28-29 June 2012, in the framework of Denmark’s Georgia Programme 2010-2013 “Promotion of Judicial Reform, Human and Minority Rights”.... (>>>)

LGBT film screenings

Tbilisi

The Embassies of the Netherlands, Sweden and the United States, and the Council of Europe Office in Georgia, are pleased to announce a series of LGBT film screenings from 18 to 21 June 2012, at 7pm, Amarkordi theatre, Amirani Cinema Literatuli Café’36 Kostava St. Limited seating - first come, first served.... (>>>)

Trainings on human rights for judges and students of the High School of Justice

Tbilisi

Two training seminars for judges of first instance courts dealing with criminal cases and students of the High School of Justice (HSoJ) will take place on 16-17 June at the HSoJ. Judges will be trained on the case law of the European Court of Human Rights on Articles 2 (Right to life), 3 (Prohibition of torture) and 6 (Right to a fair trial) of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). .. (>>>)

Georgia becomes party to the Convention on Cybercrime

On 6 June 2012, Georgia became a party to the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime (ETS 185). The Convention will enter into force in respect of Georgia on 1 October 2012. Georgia is the 34th state party to the Convention. .. (>>>)

Congress visit to monitor local and regional democracy in Georgia
08.06.2012 - Strasbourg

A Congress delegation led by Ian Micallef (Malta, Chamber of Local Authorities, EPP/DC) and Helena Pihlajasaari (Finland, Chamber of Regions SOC) is to carry out a monitoring mission from 11 to 13 June 2012 to assess the state of local and regional democracy in Georgia. This is the second general monitoring visit to the country since it ratified the European Charter of Local Self-Government in 2004 ... (>>>)

United Kingdom passes Chairmanship to Albania
 Strasbourg

The 122nd Session of the Committee of Ministers was held in Strasbourg on 23 May under the chairmanship of William Hague, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the United Kingdom. The meeting concluded the six months of UK Chairmanship of the Committee, centred chiefly on seeking means to guarantee the continued effectiveness of the European Convention on Human Rights system ... (>>>)

Training for probation officers on parole
 Tbilisi

A two-day training seminar on the implementation of parole for newly recruited probation officers of National Probation Agency will take place in Kachreti, on 26-27 May 2012, in the framework of the Denmark’s Georgia Programme 2010-2013 “Promotion of Judicial Reform, Human and Minority Rights”  ... (>>>)

Europe must not move backwards on LGBT rights
 15.05.2012 - Strasbourg

Strasbourg, 15.05.2012 - Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland has warned that discrimination and prejudice against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people continues to blight the lives of millions of Europeans and cannot be left unanswered. In a statement issued today he said: ... (>>>)

Training of trainers on prison health care
 Tbilisi

A five-day “training of trainers” seminar for staff of the medical department and the Penitentiary and Probation Training Centre (PPTC) of the Ministry of Corrections and Legal Assistance of Georgia (MCLA) and chief doctors from penitentiary institutions in Western Georgia will take place in Kachreti, on 23-27 May 2012... (>>>)

Council of Europe anti-corruption body calls on states to increase transparency of political funding
 09.05.2012 - Strasbourg

The Council of Europe Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) today called on its member states to set up transparent systems for party and election campaign financing. In its annual report, GRECO, while acknowledging an increase in regulatory efforts by states, pointed to a number of shortcomings:(>>>)

Seminar on riot control for the police
 Tbilisi

In the framework of the EU/CoE Joint Programme “Reinforcing the Fight against Ill-treatment and Impunity”, the Council of Europe is organising two-day seminar on ‘riot control’ for representatives of different police units of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and students of the Police Academy.....(>>>)

Children's rights training for the Child Advisory Board of the Office of the Public Defender
 04.05.2012 - Tbilisi

A two-day training for the Child Advisory Board of the Office of Public Defender of Georgia will take place on 4-5 May at Courtyard Marriott Hotel.  ....(>>>)

Annual Report of the Public Defender on the protection of human rights and freedoms in Georgia for 2011
 Tbilisi

On 30 April the Georgian language edition of the 2011 annual report of the Public Defender of Georgia (PDO) on the protection of human rights and freedoms was finalised and printed. The report will be distributed by the PDO to governmental and non-governmental organisations. ....(>>>)

Cascade Trainings for the Staff Members of the Ministry of Corrections and Legal Assistance in Georgia
 Tbilisi

Council of Europe, under the auspices of the EU/CoE Joint Programme “Reinforcing the Fight against Ill-treatment and Impunity” is organizing two two-day cascade trainings for the staff members of the Ministry of Corrections and Legal Assistance of Georgia....(>>>)

Council of Europe contributes to annual monitoring of psychiatric institutions in Georgia by the National Preventive Mechanism
 Tbilisi

On 18-25 April a Council of Europe (CoE) expert participated in the National Preventive Mechanism (NPM)'s annual monitoring of psychiatric institutions in Georgia for 2012. ....(>>>)

Governments and journalists share responsibility for a free press
 02.05.2012 - Strasbourg

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland has warned that close and non-transparent relationships between media and governments are a risk to pluralistic societies. In a statement to mark World Press Freedom Day he said:....(>>>)

Training for judges' legal assistants on ECHR Articles 10 and 11
 26.04.2012 - Tbilisi

A two-day training seminar for legal assistants of judges of first instance courts will take place on 28-29 April at the High School of Justice......(>>>)

Working group meeting to draft prison health care training programmes
 23.04.2012 - Tbilisi

On 28-29 April 2012, a two-day working group meeting will take place at Lopota Lake Resort to draft training programmes for (1) medical staff working in prisons on Georgian legislation and European standards on prison health care and (2) non-medical staff on the right to health of prisoners.....(>>>)

The Netherlands and Germany support election programme for Georgia
 The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Georgia has made a voluntary contribution of €224.000 to the Council of Europe towards the programme to support Georgia in view of the 2012 (parliamentary), ....(>>>)
Vacancy
 06.04.2012 - Tbilisi

The Council of Europe Office in Georgia invites applications from suitably qualified persons for the position of Election Project Officer ....(>>>)

Nils Muiznieks takes up office as Commissioner for Human Rights
 01.04.2012 - Strasbourg

Nils Muižnieks takes up today the post of Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights. Elected in January 2012 by the Parliamentary Assembly, Muižnieks is the third Commissioner, succeeding Thomas Hammarberg (2006-2012) and Alvaro Gil-Robles (1999-2006). ....(>>>)

Council of Europe and Georgian authorities discuss the draft Code on Administrative Offences of Georgia
 29.03.2012 - Strasbourg

The Draft Code on Administrative Offences of Georgia was the subject of a discussion in Strasbourg on 27 March between representatives of the Georgian authorities and the Council of Europe and its experts....(>>>)

Regional Meeting of the Network of the Press Councils
 28.03.2012 - Tbilisi

 A regular regional meeting of the informal Network of Press Councils of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan and Ukraine was held on 22-23 March in Tbilisi. ....(>>>)

Congress Rapporteurs on Georgia denounce elections in South Ossetia's Tskhinvali region
 Strasbourg

''The so-called ''presidential elections'' that took place on 25th March 2012 in the occupied Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia, Georgia, cannot be recognised as legitimate. These elections are illegitimate under international law and no legal or constitutional basis for these elections exist...(>>>)

Roberto Olla - Executive Director of Eurimages -Visited Tbilisi
 Tbilisi

On March 15, 2012 Tbilisi hosted Roberto Olla – Executive Director of Eurimages – Council of Europe Film Support Foundation. The Eurimages director was hosted by Georgian National Film Center...(>>>)

Regional Meeting of the Network of the Press Councils
21.03.2012- Tbilisi

A regular regional meeting of the Network of the Press Councils of six countries will be held on 22-23 March in Tbilisi Marriott hotel.The event is organised in the framework of the European Union-Council of Europe Joint Programme « Promoting Freedom, Professionalism and Pluralism of the Media in the South Caucasus and Moldova 2011-2012 », implemented by the Council of Europe...(>>>)

Radio programme on the report on Georgia by the Council of Europe's Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA)
13.03.2012- Tbilisi

On 8 March the topic of the Public radio 1 programme - ‘Right and Freedom’, which is a joint project of Public Radio 1 and UN Office in Georgia, was the report on Georgia by the Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA)...(>>>)

A round table will take place at the Hotel "Sheraton Metekhi Palace"
12.03.2012- Tbilisi

On 16 March 2012, a round table, in which the draft Strategy and Action Plan for the Penitentiary and Probation Training Centre will be presented to the Minister of Corrections and Legal Assistance of Georgia, will take place at the Hotel “Sheraton Metekhi Palace” in Tbilisi. ..(>>>)

PACE co-rapporteurs reject the legitimacy of "Abkhaz Elections"
12.03.2012- Strasbourg

The monitoring co-rapporteurs for Georgia of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE), Michael Aastrup Jensen (Denmark, ALDE) and Kastriot Islami (Albania, SOC), made the following statement in relation to Saturday’s elections in the breakaway region of Abkhazia: ..(>>>)

Fourth meeting  of the working group charged with drafting a Strategy and Action Plan for the Penitentiary and Probation Training Centre
09.03.2012- Tbilisi

On 13-15 March 2012, the working group charged with drafting a Strategy and Action Plan for the Penitentiary and Probation Training Centre will meet for its fourth meeting at the Kvareli Lake Resort (Georgia). ..(>>>)

8 March International Women's Day

Gender equality is central to the societies we must build

07.03.2012- Strasbourg

Strasbourg, 7 March 2012 -"Promoting equality between women and men must be at the heart of everything we do,” asserted Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland. "We cannot achieve democracy and lasting peace unless women acquire the same opportunities as men to influence developments at all levels of society," he said. ..(>>>)

A two - day training seminar on the implementation of parole
07.03.2012- Tbilisi

A two-day training seminar on the implementation of parole will take place in Bakuriani, at the Hotel “Victoria” on 10-11 March 2012, in the framework of the Denmark’s Georgia Programme 2010-2013 “Promotion of Judicial Reform, Human and Minority Rights”, for newly recruited probation officers of Tbilisi Probation Bureau. ..(>>>)

Council of Europe proposes four-year plan for children's rights
15.02.2012- Strasbourg

The Council of Europe today adopted a new strategy to implement fundamental standards to protect and promote children’s rights. It will provide guidance, advice and support to its 47 member states on how best to bridge gaps between standards and practice..(>>>)

GRETA publishes report on Georgia
07.02.2012- Strasbourg

Strasbourg, 7 February 2012 - The Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) has published today its first evaluation report on Georgia. ...(>>>)

A meeting on participation of women in public life
07.02.2012- Tbilisi

A meeting on participation of women in public life will be held in Tbilisi on 7 and 8 of February 2012. It is organised within the framework of the Eastern Partnership Facility, which is financed by the European Union and implemented by the Council of Europe. ...(>>>)

Drafting Session of Strategy and Action Plan of the Penitentiary and Probation Training Centre
03.02.2012- Tbilisi

On 7-9 February 2012, the working group charged with drafting a Strategy and Action Plan for the Penitentiary and Probation Training Centre will meet for its third meeting at the Kvareli Lake Resort (Georgia). ...(>>>)

Secretary of the Venice Commission answers questions on the law on political unions of citizens
31.01.2012- Strasbourg

In reply to questions by Georgian journalists the Secretary of the Venice Commission, Thomas Markert, noted that the text of the Law on Political Union of Citizens adopted by the Georgian parliament included a number of significant amendments in comparison with the text submitted to the Venice Commission...(>>>)

Georgia: Monitoring Committee makes public an information note
26.01.2012- Strasbourg

PACE's Monitoring Committee made public an information note by the co-rapporteurs on the honouring of obligations and commitments by Georgia, Kastriot Islami (Albania, SOC) and Michael Aastrup Jensen (Denmark, ALDE), on their fact-finding visit to Tbilisi and Batumi (11 14 October 2011).....(>>>)

Grigol Vashadze: 'Georgia fully supports Council of Europe reform'
25.01.2012- Strasbourg

"I firmly believe that the process of integration into European institutions is the best prevention mechanism against renewed instability and violence," declared Georgian Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze, supporting the Council of Europe's reform during an address to PACE on Wednesday....(>>>)

Nils Muižnieks from Latvia elected new Council of Europe Commissioner on Human Rights
24.01.2012- Strasbourg

Nils Muižnieks (Latvia) was elected third Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights by the Organisation’s Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) at its plenary session in Strasbourg. ...(>>>)

A two-day training seminar on the implementation of parole will take place in the premises on the Penitentiary and Probation Training Centre on 28- 29 January 2012
25.01.2012- Tbilisi

A two-day training seminar on the implementation of parole will take place in the premises of the Penitentiary and Probation Training Centre on 28-29 January 2012...(>>>)

Jean-Claude Mignon (EPP/CD) from France elected  PACE President
23.01.2012- Strasbourg

Jean-Claude Mignon (EPP/CD) from France has just been elected President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). ...(>>>)

A two-day training seminar on the implementation of parole will take place in the premises on the Penitentiary and Probation Training Centre on 21- 22 January 2012
18.01.2012- Tbilisi

A two-day training seminar on the implementation of parole will take place in the premises of the Penitentiary and Probation Training Centre on 21-22 January 2012...(>>>)

Working Group Meeting on Drafting of Strategy and Action Plan of Penitentiary and Probation Training Centre (PPTC)
13.01.2012- Tbilisi

On 13 January 2012, the working group charged with drafting a Strategy and Action Plan for the Penitentiary and Probation Training Centre met for its second meeting at the Office of the Council of Europe in Georgia...(>>>)


 
 

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