News archive [2013]


Council of Europe anti-corruption body praises UK parliament, judges and prosecutors for taking corruption prevention seriously
[06/03/2013] Published today by the Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO), an evaluation of the UK’s parliament, judges and prosecutors was largely positive. “Nothing emerged during the current evaluation which could indicate any element of corruption in relation to judges, nor is there evidence of judicial decisions being influenced in an inappropriate manner”, according to the 46-page report.  In this context, the report also emphasised transparency in the judicial system and a lack of delays in handling cases by judges, stressing that the European Court of Human Rights had only found 22 cases since 1975 of “undue delays of judicial proceedings.” (more …)  

GRETA publishes report on Portugal
The Council of Europe expert group against human trafficking (GRETA) today called on the Portuguese authorities to improve the assistance provided to victims of trafficking in human beings, and to provide them with appropriate and safe accommodation. In its first report on Portugal, which was published today, GRETA acknowledges that Portugal has taken important steps to prevent and combat trafficking in human beings, although it also urges the authorities to take further measures to improve the identification of victims and the prosecution of traffickers. (more...)
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Harmonisation of Bosnia and Herzegovina policies and practices with European standards
A launching Conference is organised on 12 Febrauary in Sarajevo to mark the start of a new Joint Programme between the European Union and Council of Europe in the field of prison reform. The project, entitled “Harmonisation of Bosnia and Herzegovina sanctions policies and practices with European standards”, will focus on areas within the prisons sector where further improvements are urgently needed, notably implementation of alternative sanctions, assessing options for the establishment of probation service(s), further development of training capacities and treatment of vulnerable categories of prisoners. (more ...)

Five years of commitment to action against human trafficking in Europe

[01/02/2013] Today marks the 5th anniversary of the entry into force of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings. With an emphasis on the human rights of victims of trafficking, the Convention contains measures to ensure the proper identification of victims, their assistance and protection, as well as the prosecution of traffickers and international co-operation. The Council of Europe Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA), which monitors the implementation of obligations under the Convention, has already published 16 country evaluation reports. GRETA’s reports on France and Latvia have just been made public. It is clear that not only human trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation persists, but trafficking for the purpose of forced labour or services is on the increase in Europe.