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 …)  

European anti-torture watchdog elects its new Bureau
The Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) elected this week its new Bureau. Lətif Hüseynov (Azerbaijan), Professor of Public International Law at Baku State University has been re-elected as the CPT’s President. Marzena Ksel from Poland and Mykola Gnatovskyy from Ukraine have been elected as the CPT's 1st Vice-President and 2nd Vice-President respectively. (read more)
CPT website

Round-table to support the anti-trafficking efforts in Cyprus
A round-table meeting on the follow-up to be given to GRETA’s report and the Committee of the Parties’ recommendation on the implementation of the Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings by Cyprus took place in Nicosia on 4 March 2013. The meeting brought together some 22 representatives of governmental and non-governmental organisations who discussed ways in which the Council of Europe can support Cyprus in its anti-trafficking efforts. (read more ...)

"Violence against women: our concern, our response" - A Side Event at the 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women co-organised by the Council of Europe and the Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations

[04/03/2013, UN Headquarters, New York] The Side Event will present the added value of the Istanbul Convention in the framework of international and regional legally binding treaties. It will also highlight its significance as an efficient and practical tool for governments to prevent and combat violence against women and domestic violence in Europe and beyond.
Event special file
Video (UN Web TV) - Speeches - Photo Gallery
See also another event organised by London School of Economics : "The End of Impunity for Violence against Women? The Istanbul Convention in Europe" (7 March 2013)